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Land bank helps college grads, students buy homes; KnowBase changes name: Local Business Briefs

August 5, 2015 [Plain Dealer]

New land bank program helps students, recent grads get discounts on renovated homes

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cuyahoga Land Bank is handing over the keys to the first home sold through the Buying and Retaining Academic Investment Now program to a Cleveland State University student.

The Cuyahoga Land Bank recognized an opportunity to play a role in retaining talent in Cuyahoga County by connecting students and recent graduates with affordable housing, reads a press release.

BRAIN offers eligible students and recent graduates the chance to purchase a newly renovated home at a discount of 15 percent off the purchase price and an additional 5 percent of the purchase price to be applied to closing costs.

To participate in the program, students must either be currently enrolled in a college or post-graduate degree program or submit a BRAIN application within two years of graduation.

Not only do CSU students learn about the BRAIN program, but they also gain information about how to prepare for the purchase of a home. Outreach efforts on campus, including Smart Thinking workshops, put on in partnership with CSU student organization, Cleveland State Transfer Connection, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, began this spring.

For more information on BRAIN, visit

KnowBase changes name to Roundtable Online Learning

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — KnowBase, an online learning solutions provider, has changed its name to Roundtable Online Learning.

According to a press release, the company’s new owner, Cleveland businessman Dan Grajzl, who founded Park Place International and Park Place Technologies, prompted a review of the company’s brand and name. The change, according to him, is a better reflection of the company’s evolution and online learning outcomes.

Roundtable Online Learning also has launched a new website,, which features access to information about online learning and provides an experience that reflects the company’s approach.