Young professionals return to Cleveland amid pandemic, encouraged to stay by Engage! Cleveland (and their parents)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — When the coronavirus pandemic shut down their offices in Chicago, Benjamin and Katie Becker came home to Cleveland.

The two have been working remotely from Katie Becker’s parents’ home in Solon, while both sets of grandparents provide childcare for the couple’s 6-month-old son.

Benjamin Becker said the plan all along was to return to Cleveland, but the pandemic sped up the timetable. “We anticipated staying in Chicago a little longer,” said Becker, who works for LinkedIn, the professional networking service. “Covid made it very clear what we had to do.”

The Beckers’ return to Northeast Ohio isn’t an isolated tale. It’s being repeated across the region, as young professionals flee high rents, government shutdowns and congested living quarters in big cities impacted by the ongoing health pandemic.

If you’re going to work remotely, why not do it from Cleveland?

The trend gave Ashley Basile Oeken, president

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Cleveland councilman raps Health Department shakeup, saying people should have been fired

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Councilman Basheer Jones on Monday criticized Mayor Frank Jackson’s shakeup of the Department of Public Health leadership for not going far enough, saying that people should have been fired.

Jones, speaking during a meeting of council’s Health and Human Services, accused the administration of failing to address the feelings of workers considering an investigation found “employees of all races and ethnicities were treated unfairly” because of unskillful supervision.

“The people who have possibly committed these atrocious acts are still working for the city. It’s not like they’ve been fired,” Jones said. “We just shuffled the Health Department. … You didn’t remove anybody. You just put them in different positions. That’s ridiculous.”

Jones, who in his first term has emerged as one of a handful of council members willing to criticize the administration, said the shakeup doesn’t show support for employees who were treated unfairly.

“It just

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