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Volume 26 No. 7
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Former Disney Exec Taking Reins Of Pro Football HOF Village

Former Disney exec MIKE CRAWFORD has been "chosen to oversee" the long-delayed Johnson Controls HOF Village, the plan to convert Canton’s Pro Football HOF into a "Disney-like destination," according to Susan Glaser of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Crawford on Thursday was announced as the HOF Village’s first CEO, and it "will be his job to see the ambitious," $889M project to completion. Crawford "led the development of the Shanghai Disney Resort" from '07-14. His past four years have been spent "with Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, as president of Asia Pacific and then global president of portfolio management." The HOF Village, first announced in '15, was initially projected to be finished by '18, a date that has been "pushed back several times." Among the project’s "numerous parts: a youth sports complex, four-star hotel and conference center, retirement community, indoor waterpark and virtual reality rides, retail and restaurants, a research facility, the existing museum plus the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 12/14). In Canton, Alison Matas notes Pro Football HOF President DAVID BAKER "will remain the head of the nonprofit organization, which is a partner in the village development." Crawford is "taking over a project that, in terms of bricks and mortar, has stagnated" since the fall of '17. Crawford "joins a leadership team for the Village that includes former entertainment and NFL executives" and is overseen by MICHAEL KLEIN, managing partner of N.Y-based advisory firm M. Klein and Co. (Canton REPOSITORY, 12/14).