Cleveland Development veteran Chris Warren retiring (WKYC)

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Cleveland Development veteran Chris Warren retiring (WKYC)

CLEVELAND — Chris Warren’s fingerprints are on many important economic development projects in Cleveland.

He’s been director of multiple city departments. And most recently, he’s been Cleveland’s first Chief of Regional Development.

He will retire after six and a half years in that job. His last day will be Dec. 20.

Warren oversaw lakefront development efforts and managed the city’s bid to deal with the damage from the foreclosure crisis.

“Chris Warren has been an asset to my administration and has worked tirelessly to improve the city’s and the region’s economic health,” Mayor Frank Jackson said.

“He’s worked with developers, businesses, public officials and city staff to make real improvements.

He played a key role in setting up the Cuyahoga County Land Bank that became a model for dealing with vacant and rundown properties.

He helped reshape the city’s Building and Housing Department into an aggressive model to inspect, cite and demolish dangerous properties.

He oversaw long-term planning of the airport system.

Warren has recently been focused on Lakefront development. Four developers’ proposals are under consideration.

He will serve as a consultant to the city for six months through mid-June on lakefront efforts.

“This short-term contract will allow me to move the project forward while the city transitions to a new Chief of Regional Development and I transition into retirement,” Warren said.

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