‘Cleveland: Exploring Our Future’ exhibit to be displayed at mall

By JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 9/26/15

Those who have not seen the "Cleveland: Exploring Our Future" exhibit will have another chance, starting Oct. 3.

When it is not being presented to businesses and civic organizations, the exhibit …

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‘Cleveland: Exploring Our Future’ exhibit to be displayed at mall

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Those who have not seen the "Cleveland: Exploring Our Future" exhibit will have another chance, starting Oct. 3.

When it is not being presented to businesses and civic organizations, the exhibit will be at Bradley Square Mall.

"Cleveland: Exploring Our Future" showcases project ideas developed by the University of Tennessee Knoxville Smart Communities Initiative students. Space is also included for the public to leave comments about what they liked or disliked about the project.

“We are still receiving feedback,” community relationship coordinator Brian Moran said.

The city will use this input in determining how it moves forward with the projects and in what order.

“If we notice any patterns, we can pull those out. If there is a particular project that people really liked, (we can) hone in on future grant opportunities and money from the city for those projects the community wants,” Moran said.

One SCI-inspired idea has already followed this plan as the city is moving forward with application for a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant to establish an arts center at the Old Woolen Mill.

Concepts include redevelopment of the old Whirlpool site, renovating the Old Woolen Mill, adding an Old Woolen Mill Greenway and re-establishing the Cherokee Hotel.

Moran is collecting the comments and opinions on the projects to compile the information for future use.

Various departments of the city will use the information to make decisions on upcoming projects, “... so in future budget years we can have projects set in stone,” Moran said.

The exhibit also introduces the logo for Cleveland. The logo plays off the “and” at the end of Cleveland. The “a” is replaced with an ampersand (&). The logo will be a part of a marketing campaign developed for Cleveland focusing on the many attractions the city has to offer.

During October, the exhibit will be available for presentation to businesses or civic groups. Moran said he has already scheduled Whirlpool for Oct. 11 to 18. The exhibit may be requested by contacting Moran at 423-790-4990 or bmoran@clevelandtn.gov.

The Smart Communities Initiative is a program of UTK that pairs students’ class requirements with design projects that cities need done. Cleveland was the first partner city. City department heads outlined what was needed and it was paired with classes focusing on these areas, such as landscape architecture. Students are able to get experience in their field while cities are given a springboard for future projects. This year, the university is working with the Southeast Tennessee Development District.

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