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What defines a First Suburb?
What is the difference between the First Suburbs Consortium and the First Suburbs Development Council?
What cities are members of the First Suburbs Development Council?
What are the criteria for joining the First Suburbs Development Council?
What are the goals of the First Suburbs Development Council?
What are the strategies of the First Suburbs Development Council?
Who is on the board of the First Suburbs Development Council?

What defines a First Suburb?
For the purposes of the First Suburbs Development Council and First Suburbs Consortium, a First Suburb community is defined as a city that has met the membership criteria set forth by the First Suburbs Consortium (scroll down for criteria). 

As defined by the Brookings Institute in their publication, “Valuing America’s First Suburbs, A Policy Agenda for Older Suburbs in the Midwest” the first suburbs are:

First in terms of development.  In chronological terms of the suburban experience, these places generally developed first after their central city and before the rapid suburban expansion of the last fifty years.  The time in which they emerged is reflected in their distinctive development patterns and based on the age of their central city.

First in terms of location.  They are usually in the first ring of communities, very close to the center city – and often began as bedroom communities for central city workers.  Some are referred to as trolley suburbs for the distinctive mode of transport that once brought workers to and from jobs in the center city.

First in terms of importance since these aging, mostly blue-collar suburbs are the places where many of our nation’s most critical issues are played out on a daily basis.

To view the entire Brookings Institute publication, please click here.

What is the difference between the First Suburbs Consortium (FSC) and the First Suburbs Development Council (FSDC)?

FSC – Est. 1996, Council of Governments, think tank/advocacy group.
Mission:  The mission of the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium is to initiate and support policies and practices that protect, maintain, and redevelop mature communities and foster regional cooperation.

FSDC – Est. 2002, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit development corporation.  Independent board.
Mission:  To foster Economic and Community Development in the First Suburbs.  The FSDC accomplishes this by providing technical assistance, expertise, and resources to member cities to strengthen the capacity of cities to advance development and re-development projects, to market their communities and to enhance the cities’ quality of life.

What cities are members of the First Suburbs Development Council?

Bedford, Bedford Heights, Berea, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Cleveland Heights, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Parma, Parma Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, University Heights, and Warrensville Heights.


What are the criteria for joining the First Suburbs Development Council?
In 2003, the First Suburbs Consortium instituted the following membership criteria (to qualify cities needed to meet 4 of 6) with the caveat that the municipality would need to be located in Cuyahoga County.

First Suburbs Consortium Membership Criteria

1. Age of Housing Stock - 60% or more housing units constructed prior 1960.
2. Household Density - 1,000 or more households (2000 census) per square mile.
3. Low Household Growth - Less than 4% increase in the number of households from 1990 to 2000.
4. Infrastructure Density - 8 miles or more of streets per square mile of community.
5. Modest New Housing - Average value of residential new construction 1994-2001 less than 1% of average value of all residential real estate.
6. Below Average Appreciation - Total assessed value of real estate increase 1990 - 2001 less than county median.

The following cities meet the criteria as described above, and have the ability to join the NOFSC and ultimately the FSDC:  Bay Village, Linndale, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, and Newburgh Heights.

What are the goals of the First Suburbs Development Council?

  • To create opportunities to deliver programs and services around development and re-development,
  • To continue to seek avenues for collaboration among FSDC members that are broad, replicable and substantive,
  • To increase FSDC visibility and improve its image among regional decision-makers,
  • To create programs to advance the member communities' economic strategies by seeking funding through new/old funding streams or opportunities.

What are the strategies of the First Suburbs Development Council?

Collaborate to take advantage of existing and new programs and processes to benefit members of FSDC.

Work with private and public development organization.

Develop a series of potential programs that FSDC can do in partnership with Cuyahoga County.

Develop relationships with strategic partners.

Seek representation on larger regional councils and organizations.

Invite regional partners to join FSDC board.

Create opportunities for dialogues and education. 

 

Who is on the board of the First Suburbs Development Council?

Dru Siley
Chair of FSDC Board
City of Lakewood

Marty Divito
Vice-Chair of FSDC Board
City of Bedford Heights

Mike Love
Treasurer/Secretary of FSDC Board
City of South Euclid

Mike Mallis
Board Member
City of Bedford

Matt Madzy
Board Member
City of Berea

Michael Dolan
Board Member
City of Brook Park

Fran Migliorino
Board Member
City of Brooklyn

Richard Wong
Board Member
City of Cleveland Heights

Jonathan Holody
Board Member 
City of Euclid

Matt Hrubey
Board Member
City of Fairview Park

Noreen Kuban
Board Member
City of Garfield Heights

Shelley Cullins
Board Member
City of Parma

Joe Sebes
Board Members
City of Parma Heights

Tania Menesse
Board Member
City of Shaker Heights

Mayor Susan Infeld
Board Member
City of University Heights

Pequita Hansberry 
Board Member
City of Warrensville Heights

Mayor Earl Leiken
Board Member--Ex Oficio
Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium Chair

Jeff Rink
Board Member
Key Bank

Marty Kuula 
Board Member
First Energy