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TEDxCLE - Thomas Starinsky - Building Community Through Historic Preservation

Thomas Starinsky has been with the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation and Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation since 2002. As Associate Director, he serves as the Main Street Manager for both organizations, where his responsibilities include managing the City's Storefront Renovation Program in the Central Business District, overseeing the Design Review Committees and coordinating special infrastructure and planning projects. His work concentrates on sustaining and enhancing the sense of place in downtown Cleveland - whether its developing dynamic business signage or coordinating the Warehouse District's community driven Public Realm Plan. Mr. Starinsky is also active in community development as a volunteer in Cleveland's Larchmere neighborhood - his home neighborhood. Here he has served as the Board President of the Shaker Square Area Development Corporation; Chair of the Larchmere Boulevard Master Plan Committee and Co-Chair of Buckeye-Larchmere Community Planning Initiative. Mr. Starinsky has a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Sculpture and a Masters of Urban Planning, Design and Development from Cleveland State University. Mr. Starinsky was recognized for his achievements by his inclusion in the 2006 class of Crain's Cleveland Business' Forty Under 40. The Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation (HWD) and Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation (HGN) are non-profit organizations that work through a joint staffing cooperative with the community toward the goal of creating and sustaining a dynamic mixed-use residential neighborhood. The efforts toward this goal run through several initiatives including development and historic preservation technical assistance; business technical assistance; mixed-use master planning; promotions and special events. Since the early 1980s, the Cleveland's Downtown has seen close to a $1 billion in private investment that was leveraged using historic preservation strategies. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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