CLEVELAND – Bobbi Reichtell has been named executive director for the Campus District Inc. (CDI). In this role, Reichtell will lead efforts to work with the area’s anchor institutions, residents and other stakeholders around community engagement, planning, neighborhood branding and physical development of the area.
Reichtell, a Cleveland resident, has been an active leader in the community development field in Cleveland for over 25 years. Her experience includes housing rehabilitation and new construction, creating neighborhood parks and bike and pedestrian trails, brownfield remediation and community organizing at the neighborhood level. For the past seven years she served as Senior Vice President for Programs at Neighborhood Progress, Inc. in which she managed a $2 million annual grant program that invested in strategic areas around the City of Cleveland.
“I am incredibly excited to be selected as the director of the Campus District. The magnitude of investment that is occurring in the Campus District by Cleveland State University (CSU), Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), St. Vincent Charity Hospital and others speaks volumes about the transformative power of anchor institutions in neighborhoods,” said Bobbi Reichtell.
“I am confident that with Bobbi’s leadership and experience we will build on the important work that has already been done to take advantage of our assets and advance our common agenda as the Campus District,” said Dr. Michael Schoop, Board Chair, Campus District Inc.
Reichtell is looking forward to work on the many initiatives started by the Campus District leadership and former director Rocky Richardson. “There are two projects that are critical to continue the momentum. The upcoming East 22nd Street Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI ) project will build the connective fiber between Cleveland State, St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Tri-C. A complete and green street with bike and pedestrian amenities can be the start of a Campus District Greenway to knit the various sectors of the community together, create a brand for the district and makie the street function better for residents, students and employees. “
“The other critical project, the redevelopment of the former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, will carry the energy of CSU south of Carnegie and create new vitality in the neighborhood,” she said.
A native of Cleveland, Reichtell lives in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood with her husband Mark McDermott and has two adult children, Peter and Katie McDermott. She is on the board of the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and Bike Cleveland, a bike advocacy organization. She is a co-founder of GardenWalk Cleveland, a free self-guided garden walk of Cleveland neighborhoods held annually. You can reach her at the Campus District office, 216.344.9200.
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