Councilman Joe Cimperman has served on Cleveland City Council since 1997. He has focused his efforts as Councilman on the revitalization of the community he represents. His vision entails an interconnected, diverse and self-supporting community and he believes that culture and the arts must be at the epicenter of that community, serving as an engine for economic development in Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman has worked diligently to create new block clubs, strengthen existing ones and to foster a sense of community. He is also a champion of neighborhood issues, sponsoring legislation for a variety of improvements. He has been a very vocal and visible advocate for urban farming, fresh produce markets and food justice in Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman was born and raised in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood that he now represents. He graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland and has served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and at the I Have a Dream Foundation.