- Posted June 13, 2013 by
Businessman Ken Lanci Candidate for new Cleveland mayor, to bring wealth
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Ken Lanci Candidate for new Cleveland mayor
Ken-_-Linda-Casual.jpgKen Lanci – Democratic candidate for Mayor
Ken Lanci understands that the quality of life for the people that live in this city has been declining. Things are getting worse…not better. He has spoken to the residents. Ken has sat in their homes. He has heard their stories. As a Clevelander, Ken has lived that story.
Ken is a life-long Clevelander.
He was born into in a housing project on the eastside of Cleveland. Ken spent a half dozen years on public assistance with his family. The days on East 110th and Woodland and later on East 117th were hard.
Ken’s family moved out of the city when he was eight but returned to work part-time in Cleveland when he was thirteen, at Offset Color and Printing on East 30th Street. After he graduated high school, Ken began working full time in Cleveland at 1937 Prospect Avenue. In 1987 he began making substantial real estate investments within the city.
For over 40 years, He has worked hard to create jobs and build businesses. He has built many businesses. In addition, Ken has incubated and helped launch many Cleveland businesses. He has turned around failing businesses and made them successful.
Most recently, he founded Cleveland Based, Consolidated Graphics Inc. (CGG) in 1996 and started Consolidated Technologies Group in 2008. Today the companies have over 150 employees, of which many live within Cleveland. CGG has over $25 million in sales per year. That translates into jobs and years of taxes paid right here in Cleveland.
Ken’ city payroll tax is consistently over $130,000.00 per year. His annual real estate tax is over $85,000 per year. Of which, well over $50,000 per year goes to the Cleveland Schools.
It must be noted, that while other firms were shutting down or migrating out of greater Cleveland, Ken Lanci stayed put on East 40th street.
Ken lives downtown. He resides at East 12th and St. Clair Ave.
Ken’s Heart is in Cleveland.
Ken’s heart is in Cleveland as evidenced by his many years of humanitarian and philanthropic works dedicated specifically to Cleveland residents. Project Love and OneSight are just two examples of significant projects Ken has headed to benefit the kids and residents of Cleveland.
Ken has been deeply involved in Project Love over the past 17 years. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of Project Love and Purple America. Purple America was created in 2007 as an adult organization that works hand-in-hand with Project Love. Project Love/Purple America help teens and adults create a culture of kindness, caring and respect. Through Project Love, Ken has been an advocate first, and then an innovator for student programming designed for at-risk youth. This proven programming through Project Love has transformed Clevelanders lives.
Six years ago Ken and his wife Linda brought the One Sight Program, sponsored by the Luxottica Group Foundation to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Ken and his wife petitioned to bring the program specifically to the Cleveland City Schools and became the program’s sole sponsor. This program has had a massive positive impact for kids. If a child can’t see, the challenges to learning increase dramatically. Over 12,000 free eye examines and eyeglasses were provide to Cleveland school kids. The total value of this gift exceeds $7 million dollars.
It’s all about choice.
Ken could have dedicated his life-time of business development / job creation efforts and his philanthropic endeavors anywhere. He chose to remain faithful to his Cleveland roots. He chose to create opportunities for the kids in the Cleveland School District. He chose to stay and provide his time and tax dollars to the City of Cleveland. Ken Lanci is a Life-long Clevelander. For more Information call Terence McClerkin 216-712-8865
BTW, We filed 8431 signatures today. We only need 3000 to qualify for the ballot. A clear message from the people? Just might be. #betterforCLE #CLE2013