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Councilman, Cleveland, Ohio
Immediate Past President, National League of Cities
Councilman Matt Zone was first elected to City Council in 2001, representing Ward 15, which includes the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood where he and generations of his family grew up. Councilman Zone is chairman of council’s Safety Committee and vice chairman of its Finance Committee. He also serves on the Health & Human Services Committee and the Operations Committee. Councilman Zone is a strong advocate for the arts, green building and alternative energy and he has been a major force behind on-going capital projects that are giving bursts of vibrancy in his West Side ward including the development of the Gordon Square Arts District, which is comprised of new housing and businesses, retail development and the construction and renovation of three theaters. He has also been the driving force behind on-going capital projects, including the $100 million Cleveland West Shoreway project that has transformed a two-mile freeway into a tree-lined boulevard with new streets and ramps that give residents more access to Lake Erie. In November 2016, Councilman Zone was elected President of the National League of Cities, an organization that represents 19,000 cities, towns and villages throughout the United States. Previously, Councilman Zone was First Vice President.