Investing in the Middle

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Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Levin College of Public Affairs and Education
Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs

Roberta Steinbacher Atrium

Also see this event video: New Research Produces Peer Mapping Tool and Reveals Greatest Threats to Middle Neighborhoods.

About This Event

Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, and a team of researchers in Levin’s Center for Economic Development (CED), including Molly Schnoke, Project Manager, have been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as a part of RWJF's "Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies That Promote Equity" program. Levin partner Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is also part of the research team. The project is titled “Investing in the Middle: A New Approach to Deliver on the Promise of Equitable Neighborhood Development,” and the team will work to address equity and health in middle neighborhoods. Middle neighborhoods are areas in legacy industrial cities like Cleveland that have long been home to middle-class and working-class residents. They are opportunity-rich with place-based resources, but risk falling into a distressed state because of lack of investment. Dr. Anglin and his team will perform actionable research in the areas of strategic investments and policy innovations that have the potential to increase housing affordability and neighborhood stability. Their research and learning will inform the work of policymakers, funders, and community development practitioners across America.


8:30am – 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:20am
Introduction and Welcome
Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education, Cleveland State University
Tania Menesse, CEO & President, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

9:20am – 9:50am
Investing In the Middle: Project Presentation

9:50am-10:00am: Break

10:00am – 11:20am
Middle Neighborhood Panel Discussion (Sally Martin, Director of Building & Housing, City of Cleveland; Lori Schwarz, Director of Neighborhood Services, Plano Texas; and Jason Powers, SVP of CDC Advancement and Resiliency, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress)

Roundtable discussions on Middle Neighborhood policies (tables will be led by practitioner feedback group members and research team members)