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Downtown Cleveland Alliance's Clean Ambassadors work to sanitize city as economy reopens

Posted at 5:41 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 18:38:37-04

CLEVELAND — While thousands of employees in downtown Cleveland work from home, a group of people are working to make sure the city is clean and safe.

The Clean and Safe Ambassadors, with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, are essential employees who've been working throughout the stay-at-home order.

The CEO of DCA, Joe Marinucci, said because there's less trash throughout the city, the ambassadors have shifted some of their efforts to make sure more public surfaces are clean.

"Adding another layer of cleanliness and sanitation, we think is a great value add. We again feel very, very good that people seeing the ambassadors psychologically they're going to say 'I've got comfort in that and therefore I'm going to feel more comfortable in being downtown,'" Marinucci said.

The clean ambassadors are now disinfecting and wiping down door handles to businesses, crosswalk buttons, RTA bus stops and any other surfaces people may encounter while in the city.

Marinucci said this job is important now more than ever as residents and employees return to the city.

"They're going to continue to be out there, and hopefully make the people who live and work in downtown, as you know a lot of people working downtown, feel comfortable and providing another layer of security for them," he said.

The group of ambassadors are also working to clean several of Cleveland's neighborhoods, too. The DCA holds partnerships with Shaker Square, Gordon Square, Ohio City, Van Aken district, Little Italny, North Coast Harbor, University Circle and the Port of Cleveland.

If you're looking for a job, DCA is looking for additional Ambassadors for the summer months.

Marinucci said starting pay is $12/hour with full benefits. They search for outgoing and engaging people who can handle being outside walking several miles a day.

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