"Greetings, Mr. President(s)."
Hingetown developer Graham Veysey has been selected as one of 61 participants in the Presidential Leadership Scholars
program, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. presidential libraries of Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton and the Bushes.
Veysey is the only representative from the state of Ohio in the program's second class.
The sixth-month "executive style" program will take participants to various presidential centers where they'll "learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics." Then they'll return home and apply their leadership skills (and utilize new connections) to make a positive impact in their communities.
Veysey lives in the old firehouse building on Church Avenue and W. 29th St. that he's redeveloped with his wife and partner Marika Shioiri-Clark. For better or worse, he has been the face of new development in Ohio City.
Though he's far from universally adored — a healthy contingent of longtime residents look upon Hingetown with disdain
— his name has been tossed into the hat of potential replacements for Joe Cimperman. Cimperman, who represents much of downtown and the near west side, is taking the reins at Global Cleveland
and is scheduled to vacate his City Council seat in March.
Veysey's no stranger to politics. He ran for a congressional seat back in 2012, but came in third in a crowded 9th district primary behind Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich.