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Amplify Panel Discussion Focuses on Rediscovering the Flats

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Amplify Panel Discussion Focuses on Rediscovering the Flats


CLEVELAND — With numerous development projects taking shape along the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, an expert panel will convene July 23 at the Amplify Speaker Series to discuss the rebirth of the entire Flats district.

The ticketed luncheon‚ presented by Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine, Contempo Communications, Flats Forward, and Downtown Cleveland Alliance, is open to the public and takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Windows on the River on the west bank of the Flats.

Facilitated by Fox 8 News co-anchor Stefani Schaefer, the discussion will revolve around “rediscovering our riverfront” while speaking to the following topics:

  • How will this redeveloped version of the Flats differ from previous versions?
  • What is the core vision behind phase 2 of the Flats East Bank redevelopment?
  • How will the new development mesh with the industrial needs still present in the Flats?
  • Why did the principals of Music Box Supper Club choose a riverfront location (the old Club Coconuts facility)?
  • How will Music Box Supper Club differ from similar venues in Greater Cleveland?
  • How do Metroparks officials plan to connect people to the waterfront?
  • What role does the Metroparks have in the economic development of the Flats district?

Panelists will include:

  • Adam Fishman, principal, Fairmount Properties/chairman, Flats Forward — Fairmount Properties specializes in mixed-use districts in top-tier urban and unique suburban locations. Fishman has more than 27 years experience in the commercial real estate industry.
  • Brian Zimmerman, CEO, Cleveland Metroparks — Hired in March of 2010, Zimmerman has rallied local, state, and federal officials to support the Metroparks candidacy for expanding its stewardship of land protection in Northeast Ohio, including the Flats.
  • Colleen Miller, president/program director, Music Box Supper Club — Miller got her start as a concert promoter in Chicago in 1990. Over the decades, she has booked legendary musicians, launched four new venues, and founded many festivals. The Music Box Supper Club will occupy the former Club Coconuts building on the West Bank of the Flats.

Individual tickets are $45. A discounted rate of $35 is available to PAID subscribers of CBC Magazine. VIP/vendor tables of eight are available for $500. To register, visit or call 216.831.9557.

The presentation will feature an interactive audience response system (provided by Assessment Technologies) that will allow the facilitator to pose questions to all attendees, with immediate results.

Sponsors for the event include: Marous Brothers Construction, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, Cedar Point, Pease and Associates, Infinity Construction, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Assessment Technologies, Allen Graphics, Baskets Galore, and Clear Channel.

Sponsorship and VIP tables are still available. Call Renée Deluca Dolan at 216.831.9557 or email

Since 2006 the AMPLIFY Speaker Series has offered attendees the opportunity to network with business leaders while learning about relevant topics that affect their businesses and community.


About Contempo Communications: Contempo Communications is the result of a 2010 merger between a full-service graphic design firm (Contemporary Design Group Inc.) and its sister publishing firm (CBC Publishing LLC). This union empowers Contempo Communications with a unique expertise specific to the creative/marketing, publishing, and event industries.

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