Vibrant NEO Mayors Symposium

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Date: Thursday June 1, 2023
Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education 1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Lunch will be provided.

About This Event

This event is designed to inform public officials of developments since the Vibrant NEO study of Northeastern Ohio was done in 2014, to show current trends and the trajectory of the region’s economy, to explain the long-term consequences for all of our Northeastern Ohio communities if present trends continue, to discuss strategic imperatives to improve these trends and to discuss the role of local governments in addressing these imperatives.

8:30 am    The Role of the County
                 Chris Ronayne, Cuyahoga County Executive
9:00 am    The Premise of Vibrant NEO
                 Michael Summers, Levin College Senior Fellow and former Lakewood Mayor
9:15 am    Trend Updates – Where is our Region Today
                 Dr. Robert Gleeson, Professor and Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service, Levin College
10:15 am   Break
10:30 am   The Consequences of Regional Weakness & Sprawl
                  Dr. Joanna Ganning, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Development, and Administration Associate Professor of Economic Development, Levin College
                  Hunter Morrison, Senior Fellow, Levin College
11:00 am   Panel Discussion – What Needs to be Done
                  Jacob Duritsky, Vice President, Strategy and Research Team NEO
                  Greg Brown, Executive Director, PolicyBridge
                  Matt Zone, Senior Vice President and Director of Thriving Communities, Western Reserve Land Use Conservancy
                  Joe MacDonald, Manager of Environmental Planning, NOACA
12:30 pm   Lunch Speaker: Jeff Epstein, Chief of Integrated Development, City of Cleveland
1:30 pm     Panel of Mayors
3:00 pm     Wrap-up Michael Summers