They are the dedicated community leaders committed to creating and sustaining a city of true greatness — one that provides opportunities for businesses to prosper, for new ideas to flourish, for cultural richness to thrive and for residents to enjoy an exceptional quality of life.
During its 220 years, Cleveland has been a city blessed with accomplished leaders from civic, business, philanthropic and government spheres.
THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE CREATED THE LASTING HERITAGE THAT MAKES CLEVELAND THE CITY IT IS TODAY.
The 2017 recipients of the inaugural Cleveland Heritage Medal uphold the legacy of the greatest leaders from our city’s long history. These honorees were selected by a committee made up of other dedicated community and corporate leaders.
THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP IN CIVIC, PHILANTHROPIC OR CORPORATE SPHERES, OR HAVE MADE AN IMPACT IN ANOTHER PRIVATE OR PUBLIC ENDEAVOR.
Their community impact reflects service to others marked by compassion and selflessness. They espouse teamwork as necessary to making a difference in our community, actively encouraging the contributions of others.
The individuals we honor with the Cleveland Heritage Medal have also demonstrated courage and respect as they take on difficult yet impactful initiatives for the good of Cleveland and its residents. These exceptional leaders are committed to fostering a community of inclusion and diversity, where differences are celebrated and all have the opportunity to participate. They are people of the highest character, serving as role models for others in the community.
OUTSTANDING LEADERS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF A CITY’S HERITAGE.
Below, a video about the Heritage Medal and the Inaugural Class
With this honor, we celebrate the individuals who are creating today the great Cleveland of tomorrow.