Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone is recognized nationally, regionally and locally as a leader on environmental and arts & cultural issues. Currently, he serves as the 1st VP of the National League of Cities.
Regionally, Matt is a past President of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association and also serves on the steering committee of the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI), which is working to create a “Smart Growth” plan and “Revenue Sharing” for Northeast Ohio.
Locally, Matt continues to be a tireless advocate for alternative energy and green building, by evidence of the fact that his ward is home to the only EcoVillage in Ohio and one of the first in the country. The EcoVillage is complete with a LEED built school, theatre and certified Regional Transit Station, highly energy efficient homes that heat & cool for less than $500 annually and has a model storm water demonstration project on 25 acre city recreational facility.
Matt has been the driving force behind 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 also authored the City of Cleveland’s “Percent for Arts” legislation, which requires all applicable capital improvement projects over $300,000 to set aside 1.5% of the total budget to include artists in their design.
Matt is a graduate of Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs and is married to Michelle. Their son, Matthew II, is a recent graduate of Kent State University and is currently a cadet in the Cleveland Police Academy.