Impact Cleveland expands work to ‘City Fields’

By BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 1/31/18

The initiative to improve the Blythe-Oldfield community which has been known as “Impact Cleveland” now has a new name and a larger mission.

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Impact Cleveland expands work to ‘City Fields’

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The initiative to improve the Blythe-Oldfield community which has been known as “Impact Cleveland” now has a new name and a larger mission.

It is now “City Fields” and has been spun off into its own entity after operating under the umbrella of the United Way.

Executive Director Dustin Tommey recently addressed the Rotary Club of Cleveland as a guest of Dr. Matt Ryerson, president and CEO of the United Way of the Ocoee Region.

Tommy thanked Ryerson for “the five years of support as a United Way community.”

“It’s one of the best in the country,” Tommey said.

“We have been part of that for the last four years as an initiative, but in the last few months we have spun off an become our own organization and we just revealed our new website,” he said.

That website is cityfieldscdc.com and it has several videos from community leaders explaining what City Fields is all about.

Tommey said cultivating healthy neighborhoods is complicated and with City Fields, the process has been simplified by focusing on five key areas: physical revitalization, social revitalization, economic development, neighborhood safety and leadership development.

“We have been Impact Cleveland for four years and we made the best of it we could,” he said. “We figured when we were going to branch off and become our own organization, if we were ever going to rebrand, now was the time to do it,” he said.

“We feel like City Fields provides a platform, not just for us to impact Cleveland, but for us to go after grants and different things and foundations nationwide, and attract investment into Cleveland that we would otherwise have the ability to tap into,” Tommey said.

He said the name City Fields more accurately describes what they do.

“’Impact’ gives off the impression of a concussion or a meteor crashing into something,” Tommey said. “While we definitely want to look back and say we had an impact, we want to be able to look back and say we cultivated places and people, and that the people themselves have really been transformed.”

The logo is actually an intersection in the Blythe-Oldfield community with the lines of the streets straightened out.

“Ten years from now, if we are working in another part of Cleveland, where we began will always be embedded in our history as an organization,” Tommey said.

He said focusing on the five areas and “instead of being a mile wide and an inch deep,” City Fields would focus on one neighborhood until “it reached a place of health.”

“Once we have achieved the goals there, we will move into another neighborhood here in Cleveland,” Tommey said.

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