Elaine Gohlstin, President/CEO of the Harvard Community Services Center Community Development Corporation (HCSC CDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Goudreau as the CDC Director of Community Development. HCSC, which was founded in 1968, expanded in 2007 by adding the Community Development Corporation (CDC) as another service component. The CDC is contracted with the City of Cleveland to provide soft comprehensive community development services. “Richard has the knowledge and qualifications that we sought for in this position. He has worked tirelessly in all aspects of community development,” said Elaine Gohlstin, President and CEO of the HCSC CDC. “Richard will use his unique combination of skill and experience to help him connect with both private, public, and commercial stakeholders in Cleveland’s Ward 1. Mr. Goudreau will foster community partnerships and coordinate efforts to provide resources and technical assistance for the Ward 1 Merchants and Economic Development opportunities.”
Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Saint Joseph’s University. He has lived in Cleveland since 1996 and has been employed with HCSC’s CDC for the last 10 (ten) years. In his spare time, Richard enjoys gardening as a hobby, and is a Certified Master Gardener with The Ohio State Cuyahoga County Extension Service. He also serves on the West Side Community House Board of Directors, and is a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) cohort IX.
As HCSC’s Community Development Corporation Director, some of Mr. Goudreau’s priority duties are: CDBG deliverables; residential/commercial code compliance, home maintenance repair sustainability programs, economic development and merchant support, community engagement, implementation of housing stock stabilization strategies, and cleaning and greening activities. Richard will also play a key role in managing land use development, and will work cooperatively with the Ward 1 Councilperson, Planning Commission, Design Review, Board of Zoning Appeals, and homeowners and businesses involved in the development process.
Goudreau states, “I am looking forward to continuing our growth and presence in the Ward 1 community and fostering new opportunities for the citizens of the Ward.”