Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins was re-elected to Cleveland
City Council for a thrid term in 2013 and represents the communities of Clark Fulton, Stockyard, and portions of Brooklyn Centre, Tremont and West Boulevard neighborhoods. Councilman Cummins previously represented the community of Brooklyn Centre and parts of Old Brooklyn as Ward 15 Councilman from 2006-2009.
As Councilman, he has focused on developing stronger
community representation through block and civic groups and increased efficiency
and collaboration in the delivery of community development services. In 2010 he
worked with Councilman Matt Zone and Councilman Jay Westbrook in initiating a
new community development service model. The council members collaborated with
neighborhood residents and leaders and provided funding assistance, together
with Neighborhood Progress Inc., to create a new service office for the
Stockyards, Clark Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods. This new community
development office is managed by the Detroit Shoreway Community Development
Organization with oversight provided by a Community Advisory Council.
Councilman Cummins is a strong advocate for a mixed-used urban community by supporting economic development opportunities as well as trail, green space and watershed related projects to improve the quality of life in ward 14. Councilman Cummins places great emphasis on involving local small businesses and investors and partnering with the private sector to encourage investment in ward 14. The Councilman is also involved with area social service agencies and the interfaith community in reviewing programs and seeking collaborations to ensure programs best serve community needs.
Councilman Cummins has led initiatives to obtain additional resources for demolitions of vacant and blighted homes as well attracting responsible investors to purchase and rehabilitate properties and to place them back in productive use. The total resources attracted for the housing initiative since 2010 have exceeded $4 million. The Councilman also initiated a new $5,000 50/50 small business matching grant program to incentivize business investment in storefronts and exterior property improvements. He's led efforts in improving safety by working with the City’s Safety Director and Second District Police and installing Safety Cameras at major intersection in the Ward. The Ward 14 council office, along with the local development corporations and City's Department of Economic Development has helped more than a dozen local small businesses, reflecting a $6.2 million investment since 2010.
A large anticipated project is the rebuilding of the
MetroHealth System's main campus of which official planning will begin in
2014. Anticipating this investment,
Councilman Cummins helped create the W. 25th Street Corridor Initiative. The Initiative seeks collaboration from
elected officials, community development organizations, businesses, and
institutions located on W. 25th Street and Pearl Road. The goal is to build on existing community
assets while catalyzing the revitalization of the corridor and adjacent
The Councilman was selected in 2011 and 2013 to
participate in a Legislative Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department
of State and administered through the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. The two-way exchange program involved
bringing young leaders from Southeast Asia to Cleveland and Councilman Cummins
then traveled to Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka in an effort to promote
democratic ideals and good governance.
The Councilman is a strong advocate for immigration reform and serves
the most dense (more than 40%) Hispanic/Latino community in Ohio.
Councilman Cummins brings more than 25 years of private
and public sector professional and community development experience to
Cleveland City Council. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a
degree in Finance and Business Administration. Councilman Cummins began his
career in banking with National City Bank and later served as a U.S. Peace
Corps Volunteer and Community Development Training Consultant, working in the
micro-enterprise, small business and agribusiness programs. Councilman Cummins
has worked in the Dominican Republic, Latvia and served as associate director
for Peace Corps in Vladivostok, Russia Far East and Chişinău, Moldova.
The Councilman received the Miguel Prieto Service Award
in 2011 from Cleveland's Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Outreach Program. He was also honored
with three meritorious awards for outstanding service for his work with the
U.S. Peace Corps in Central and Eastern Europe.
Returning to Ohio in 1999 from his work abroad,
Councilman Cummins worked as the Chief Financial Officer for the Community
Shelter Board in Columbus. He was then selected as the Executive Director of
the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) as well as Publisher
and Editor of the Old Brooklyn News for which he received numerous awards for
writing, layout, photography, and best community coverage. He also served as
President of the Neighborhood and Community Press Association of Greater
Councilman Cummins is a member of the Development, Planning and Sustainability; Health and Human Services; Municipal Services and Properties; Utilities; and Rules Committees. Councilman Cummins is also a founding member of Local Progress,
a national municipal policy network - a
group of local elected officials and partners who want to create more just and
The Councilman lives on Mapledale Avenue in the historic Brooklyn Centre neighborhood with his wife Gayle and their two daughters Adalyne and Tatum. The Cummins' are parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel Church.
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