Mayor Frank G. Jackson today released a statement on the renewal of the Q Transformation Deal:
“First, I want to thank the Cavs for revisiting the Q Transformation Deal. Throughout the process, my support for this agreement never wavered. My efforts have always been to create vibrant neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown. I’ve said it before –this deal is one of the best I’ve seen because it provides opportunities for all of Cleveland.
Those who demonized this process were shortsighted, and I encourage them to ask themselves what they can do for the future of this city. Strong leadership requires doing the right thing, not just saying what you think people want to hear.
I want to thank the local elected officials who publicly supported this project, including Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. We received tremendous support from almost all members of city and county council. I also want to thank Congresswoman Marcia Fudge for her continued leadership, State Senator Sandra Williams and the countless community leaders, unions, churches and organizations who have assisted in this process.
Everything we’ve done in Cleveland that has been successful, we’ve done together as one city. This has always been a collaborative effort and I look forward to the opportunities it provides our citizens.”