Group Plan Commission
Jeremy Paris is a Cleveland native who returned from Capitol Hill to take part in the revitalization of his hometown. As the first Executive Director of the Group Plan Commission (GPC), Paris will shepherd efforts to connect Clevelanders by reinvigorating signature Downtown public spaces and linking Lake Erie to the city's core.
Prior to joining GPC, Paris advised Cuyahoga County Executive Edward FitzGerald on these projects as a Special Assistant and helped the County Executive lead a collaborative planning process for the Great Lakes Expo of 2016, a community-wide showcase to celebrate the unveiling of Cleveland's revitalized Downtown and waterfront.
Before returning to Cleveland, Paris served as Chief Counsel for Nominations and Oversight for the Senate Judiciary Committee, working for Chairman Patrick J. Leahy from 2005 until 2013. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Paris was a law clerk to Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLC, in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Shaker Heights High School, Paris received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1997 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001.
The Group Plan Commission Board
Anthony J. Coyne
Chairman; City Planning Commission
President; Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos Co., L.P.A.
Chair, Finance Committee
Former President and Publisher; The Plain Dealer
Chair, Public Engagement Committee
Executive Director, CEO; Cleveland Public Library
Chief of Staff; Cuyahoga County
Doug L. Miller
Executive Vice President; The Richard E. Jacobs Group
Robyn Minter Smyers
Partner, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Chair; Thompson Hine
Chair, Planning & Urban Design Committee
President; University Circle, Inc.
Daniel P. Walsh, Jr.
Chair, Governance Committee
President, Greater Cleveland Region; Huntington National Bank
President & CEO; Positively Cleveland,
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Frederick R. Nance
Regional Managing Partner; Squire Sanders
The Group Plan Commission is working closely with the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and key civic partners to complete three priority projects that will change the face of Cleveland’s public spaces - redesigning and revitalizing Public Square, enhancing the Mall and creating an iconic pedestrian connection between Downtown and the lakefront.
City of Cleveland
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson kick-started the process for revitalizing Cleveland’s signature Downtown public spaces when he appointed the Group Plan Commission and charged the body with updating Cleveland’s historic Group Plan of 1903 for the 21st century. This Commission, bringing together a broad coalition of civic leaders, articulated a bold but achievable vision in its 2011 report for compelling projects to transform Downtown Cleveland for today’s Clevelanders and for generations to come. The Commission, with four city-appointed members on its board, is now putting into practice the recommendations of the 2011 report, with ongoing support from Mayor Jackson and the City of Cleveland.
The Group Plan Commission aims to build on Cuyahoga County’s significant investment in revitalizing Downtown Cleveland, including the recent completion of the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation. The next component of the county’s investment, the Cleveland Convention Center Hilton hotel (now under construction), will anchor the northwest side of the Downtown Mall, providing a new landmark to complement Public Square and the Mall. The Commission, with four county appointees on its Board, aims to leverage these critical investments by the county with a focus on the great public spaces that neighbor them in order to foster further activity and economic development Downtown and on the lakefront.
Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership mobilizes private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region. The Greater Cleveland Partnership supports GPC with leadership, staffing and in-kind donations.
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA ) is dedicated to building a dynamic downtown and is committed to making Downtown Cleveland a compelling place to live, work and play. DCA is a strong partner of GPC, providing in-kind donations and staffing support. Once the project is completed, DCA will oversee programming of Public Square and the Mall.
LAND Studio’s mission is to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning and dynamic programming. LAND Studio has been a key partner in driving this project forward, serving as the primary staff, facilitating the operations of the Commission, helping to identify priority projects, identifying and contracting with world-class design teams, and leading community engagement.