Videos from Accelerate 2016: Citizens Make Change

On February 24, 2016, five visionaries shared their ideas for civic projects to accelerate Cleveland’s momentum and improve the region for everyone in the final round of Accelerate 2016: Citizens Make Change. The event, presented by Citizens Bank and Cleveland Leadership Center, started with 66 submissions received, from which 25 were selected to present on February 24. See the finalists’ pitches below, and read more about the event and the impact it will have on Cleveland.


Welcome: Joe DiRocco, Event Co-Chair and President, Citizens Bank, Ohio


Winner: Benjamin Colas, “Families Building Future Leaders,” Educating for Tomorrow category presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College


Finalist: Jessica Leary Allen, “MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter,” Community Change category


Finalist: Pam Turos, “Good Cause CLE: A Creative Partner in Digital Marketing,” Economic Development category presented in partnership with Oswald Companies and Westfield Insurance Foundation


Finalist: Allison Lukacsy, “Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait,” Quality of Life category presented in partnership with The MetroHealth System


Finalist: Ramon Rivas II, “Cleveland as a Comedy Hub,” Transformative Arts and Culture category


Awards Presentations: Accelerate 2016: Citizens Make Change, February 24, 2016