“The impact of global economic trends are felt most acutely at the city level. No one knows better than the world’s mayors how precarious growth can be or how essential it is that growth is shared by everyone. By collaborating across national borders to exchange lessons and develop best practices, the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth can develop novel policy solutions that will provide swift and tangible impacts for our residents worldwide. The world has much to learn from Cleveland’s unique history, economy, people, and culture, and we have plenty to learn from the world in return.”
– Mayor Justin Bibb
Justin M. Bibb took the oath of office on January 3, 2022, and is the 58th Mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Bibb is the city’s first millennial mayor. Before becoming Mayor, he was Chief Strategy Officer at Urbanova, a startup focused on improving cities, served as Vice President at KeyBank and led the Global Cities Practice at global research firm Gallup. He started his career in public service working for President Obama when he was in the U.S. Senate and later at Cuyahoga County as a Special Assistant advising on education and economic development policies. Mayor Bibb is a proud American University alumnus with an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies. He completed the General Course Programme with an emphasis in Social Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Law (JD). Mayor Bibb was born and raised on Cleveland’s southeast side in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.
The Biden Administration’s American Rescue Place Act (ARPA) gave American cities a unique opportunity to develop strategic, long-term plans to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. To ensure the recovery in Cleveland would be equitable and inclusive across all city functions, Mayor Bibb launched the Center for Economic Recovery, a strategic policy team that shapes and evaluates ideas for ARPA-funded projects to address our most urgent challenges. The key focus of the Center is thoughtfully establishing policies and funding streams that will result in an inclusive economic recovery.
Cleveland’s Complete and Green Streets policy is a new development and implementation process that incorporates design elements in roadway projects that make city streets safer for all users and expand opportunities for travel, including walking, biking, and transit—while minimising environmental harm. The process focuses on ensuring the presence of complete and green elements at major arteries and thoroughfares, but also includes some residential streets.
The City of Cleveland has already set a goal of meeting 100% of the city’s overall electricity demand from renewable energy sources by 2050, but is currently exploring a more aggressive timeline to achieve the vision of a clean and equitable energy future, in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (#7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. From an energy efficiency and green building perspective, the city is a founding partner of the Cleveland 2030 District, which works to create a coalition of building owners, service professionals and community stakeholders working together to rapidly transform the built environment of the city through large-scale reductions in energy use, water use and GHG-emissions. Cleveland also offers tax abatements and grants for residential developments that meet Cleveland Green Building Standards, and is also piloting a rooftop Solar Low-Moderate Income (LMI) program for up to 10 households. The City is also leading by example with its Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which guides the sustainable development and resource utilization at City facilities.