Economic Development

Phone: (216) 475-5484
Fax: (216) 475-1124

The following describes some of the services provided to businesses and residents:

Mortgage Help

Garfield Heights is partnering with Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland (NHS) to provide free housing counseling to residents who have high interest and/or adjustable rate mortgages.

There also is help for residents having trouble making their mortgage payment. Residents of any NE Ohio city are eligible to use this service.  Call the NHS main office at 216-458-4663 to schedule an appointment.

Business Services

  • Information about low interest loans through government agencies
  • Information about availability of commercial/industrial property
  • Tax incentives
  • Zoning

Residential Services

  • Information about loans and grants for home maintenance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Commercial Rental Opportunities


Landscape Company Honors Earth Day at Garfield Heights Civic Center

In honor of Earth Day 2016, Southwest Landscape Management, Inc. donated a complete spring clean-up at Garfield Heights City Hall. The 25-year-old company, based in Columbia Station, recently opened a local office at 12600 Rockside Road, #302, in Garfield Heights.

Vice President of Operations Greg Taylor said Southwest Landscape Management has donated services in other communities and wanted to do a beautification project here to celebrate expansion of the company footprint to Garfield Heights.

“We recognized that Garfield Heights has been cash strapped in recent years while dealing with a fiscal emergency and was forced to cut certain services such as outdoor building maintenance,” Taylor said. “We are pleased to be able to help the city by sprucing up its Civic Center property.”

Southwest Landscape Management donated approximately $4,800 in labor costs for their two-day effort that including weeding, trimming and mulching the beds around Garfield Heights City Hall, including the Police and Firefighters Memorial Garden, a job completed in recent years by Boy Scouts, Green Up Project and Sea of Blue volunteers, etc.

“We are grateful to Southwest Landscape Management for providing this beautification project to our city,” said Mayor Vic Collova. “I commend them for their commitment to our community and to the Earth.”

Taylor said the company’s new Garfield Heights location will serve clients, of which 90 percent are commercial operations, throughout Eastern Cuyahoga, Summit and Lake Counties. For information about the company, visit

Community Development Block Grant Project

Garfield Heights applied for and received $150,000 from the Community Development Block Grant program to resurface Dressler Avenue in Ward One from Forestdale Drive to Osborn Road.

Bank Donates Garfield Heights Home to Coast Guard Veteran

From left
Bank of America Senior Vice President Jake Frego, Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Representative Donny Jones, Steven and Athena Thompson, and Mayor Vic Collova.

Coast Guard Veteran Steven Thompson and his family will soon call Garfield Heights home thanks to a home donation from Bank of America and the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund. The partners gave the Willard Avenue home to the Thompson family mortgage-free.

Nehemiah representative Donny Jones said Thompson is a deserving recipient of the Roofs for Troops effort initiated by the Community Reinvestment Fund. Since 1998, Thompson has been a member of the Coast Guard and the family traveled to several duty stations where he has worked as a firefighter and damage controlman. For the past 10 months, he has been at sea. Beginning in June, Thompson will be stationed on land with the Cleveland-based Coast Guard unit. He is taking courses through the American Military Academy and pursuing a degree in Sports Management. He plans to seek a job in the Sports Management field when he retires from the Coast Guard after his final duty tour here.

Thompson and his wife, Athena, have three children. The family plans to relocate to Garfield Heights from California when the school year is completed.

Mayor Vic Collova welcomed the family to Garfield Heights and said he hopes they will be happy living in the community.

To view the Fox 8 News story about Roofs for Troops, please click here.


New Marymount  Hospital President Named

To read the Northeast Ohio Media Group story about Dr. Richard Parker, click here.

First Federal Lakewood to Add Drive-Through Service, More Office Space

First Federal Lakewood bank officials celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 6 at the company’s Garfield Commons branch.

Strategic Marketing Officer Jennifer Raynor said First Federal Lakewood is the largest independent mutual bank headquartered in Ohio. “We’re focused and committed to the residents, businesses and communities we have served for over 75 years. We’re proud to invest in our commitment to the residents, businesses and Garfield Heights community by expanding our presence and services at our Garfield Heights branch location.”

The company is adding drive-through service, a drive-up ATM and creating new offices at the branch to better serve customers including adding a dedicated mortgage loan specialist.

Officials said the renovation will be completed in six-eight weeks, weather permitting. “In the meantime, we’ll remain open and conduct business as usual for the customers of our Garfield Heights branch,” Raynor said.

First Federal Lakewood has 18 full-service branch locations and 11 loan offices throughout Ohio. First Federal Lakewood provides deposit, lending, residential mortgage lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses. Since 1935, First Federal Lakewood has been a stable community owned bank committed to deploying funds that foster local economic growth. For more information, visit

Pictured from left:
First Federal Lakewood East Regional Operations Manager Bethany Schulte;
Garfield Heights Chamber Executive Director Gabriella Huszarik;
Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova;
First Federal Lakewood Garfield Branch Manager Nikki Clinard;
First Federal Lakewood Executive Vice President Retail Div. Jeffrey Calabrese;
Maple Heights Mayor Jeffrey Lansky;
Fortney and Weygandt Inc. Director of Business Development Jerry Gentz;
and Jeffrey A. Grusenmeyer and Associates Inc. Architect Jeffrey Gresenmeyer.

Loans and Grants Available for GH Residents

To view the chart, please click here.