Our Plans for Future Growth

Looking Forward in 2016...

Physical Revitalization

Physical Revitalization will look different in 2016 than it has in the past! Thanks to TVA's Extreme Energy Makeovers Grant, Impact Cleveland will have $3.75 million dollars to energy retrofit many homes in our target neighborhood! Our existing home repair partners (Habitat for Humanity, Ocoee Outreach, and Southeast TN Development District) will be assisting us in these efforts as we continue to seek to transform the homes and quality of life in our neighborhood! We want to thank United Way of Bradley County, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Utilities, Cleveland Housing Authority, CLEAResult, and many other partners for coming together to affect positive change in the Blythe Oldfield Neighborhood. And thanks to TVA for investing in our community!

Social Revitalization

Impact Cleveland sponsors community events that encourage neighbors to build positive relationships with one another and come together to form a more vibrant community.  In 2015, Impact Cleveland committed to hosting four large community events, and four smaller community events. We average 200 participants with every event, but anticipate that number increasing in 2016. Our events, such as the Spring Fling, the Blythe Summer Splash, Fall Fright Fest, and parties in the community garden, have been wildly successful and have just gotten better as time goes on. Thanks to our partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club Blythe Unit and The Refuge, we hope to expand and improve even more in 2016!

Community Leadership & Empowerment

Impact Cleveland co-hosts two monthly meetings with the Blythe Oldfield Community Association on the first and third Thursday of each month.  BOCA began with five concerned residents, but has grown to include 25 regularly-attending and committed residents. Moving forward in 2016, Impact Cleveland intends to continue outreach efforts to engage residents and increase participation in meetings, as well as assist the community with fundraising efforts and acquiring 501c(3) status. 2016 will be a year of growth for the Blythe Oldfield Community Association as they solidify their association and become even more equipped to bring about positive change in our community.

Neighborhood Safety

Great growth has been taking place in this priority area during 2015! The Blythe Oldfield Neighborhood Watch is now on the National Neighborhood Watch Registry, has grown to over thirty full-time members, with nine resident block captains, and has received it's own meeting day and time. Neighborhood Watch now meets on the last Monday of every month, at 6:00 P.M. in the conference room of the old Blythe Elementary School, located at 1075 Blythe Ave SE. In 2016, we intend to work alongside residents to create Neighborhood Watch handbooks for all members, encourage greater attendance and participation, and further improve relationships between community residents and law enforcement.

Economic Development

Impact Cleveland has partnered with The Refuge and with Cleveland State Community College's Workforce Development Program, OneSource, to assist neighborhood residents in securing better employment opportunities. Moving forward in 2016, we plan to morph our “Workforce Development” priority into an “Economic Development” priority. We will continue our Career Connection program, but we will add to it by allocating resources to façade improvement projects on commercial properties in the neighborhood. By investing in the aesthetic of these commercially-zoned properties, we believe this will attract more economic activity than before, help existing business owners, and potentially attract new entrepreneurial-minded people to invest in the community. We are also beginning to work on developing a business profile of all commercial lots in our community - hoping to assess the potential for investment in this area in the future.