Greater Cleveland Congregations

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Greater Cleveland Congregations holds a public event Thursday to urge Cuyahoga County to open crisis diversion centers.

Keisha Krumm took over leadership of the coalition of faith organizations in November and the diversion centers are one of her first priorities.

In 2017, GCC dropped its opposition to the Quicken Loans Arena public funding deal. And in exchange, the county promised it would consider building mental health and addiction crisis centers to divert people from county jail.

She says she won’t shy away from political battles in the future.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Greater Cleveland Congregations has withdrawn its petitions to put the Quicken Loans Arena renovation deal before voters.  The project involved an estimated $88 million in public money from Cleveland to help finance the project.  GCC wanted the city to commit money to community benefits or put the issue before voters. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Annie Wu reports on the brokered agreement.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

A petition drive is underway to stop the city of Cleveland from spending $88 million to help renovate Quicken Loans Arena. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Greater Cleveland Congregations, and two service unions want voters to decide if the city should help fund the upgrades. What happens if they’re successful is uncertain.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Cleveland City Council is expected to vote tonight on committing the city’s share of funds to help pay for $140 million in upgrades to Quicken Loans Arena.  Backers say the 22-year-old arena must be modernized to stay competitive and attract events that generate money for the entire community.  But if the measure passes as expected, opponents may try to stop it on the ballot.

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Quicken Loans Arena

Cuyahoga County Council is to vote tomorrow afternoon on whether to advance the plan to sell $140 million worth of bonds to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. Three of the 11 council members, however, say the vote should be delayed.

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A coalition of Cleveland faith groups is requesting a meeting with the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers about the proposed $140 million renovation of Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers are putting up half the money for renovations at The Q. Greater Cleveland Congregations has been vocal in its opposition to the plan to use public money for the other half. Now, they're requesting a meeting with Dan Gilbert to see if some funds can be sent back into Cleveland's neighborhoods.