Councilman Matt Zone grew up in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on Cleveland’s near west side and was elected to office in November of 2001. Councilman Zone chairs Cleveland City Council’s Safety Committee and is a member of the Development, Planning and Sustainability; Workforce Community Benefits; Finance and Operations Committees. Councilman Zone also serves as Council’s representative on the City of Cleveland’s Public Art Committee.
Councilman Zone is recognized nationally, regionally and locally as a leader on environmental and arts & cultural issues.
Currently, he serves as the Second Vice-President of the National League of Cities, the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing 19,000 cities, towns and villages, serving more than 218 million Americans. Regionally, Councilman Zone is a past President of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association (NOCCA) and one of the original members of the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, which is working to create off-shore wind generation in Lake Erie. He 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, Councilman Zone 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 our state and one of the first in the country. The EcoVillage is complete with a LEED built school, theatre and certified Regional Transit Authority (RTA) rapid station, highly energy efficient homes that heat & cool for less than $500 annually and has a model storm water demonstration project on a 25-acre city recreational facility.
As a devoted supporter of the arts, Councilman Zone believes the arts and culture community can serve as an economic engine. He 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. Councilman Zone also sponsored the City of Cleveland’s “Percent for Arts” legislation, which requires all applicable capital improvement projects over $300,000 to set aside 1.5 percent of the total budget to include artists in their design. He serves as council’s representative on the city’s Public Art committee.
Councilman Zone is a graduate of Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs and graduate of St. Edward High School. He and his wife Michelle have a son who is a recent graduate of Kent State University.