After many efforts to address inequality over the years, why have so many low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland and surrounding first-ring communities not seen significant improvement in their quality of life and access to economic opportunity? PolicyBridge, a Cleveland think tank focused on African American policy issues, recently released a report, Resetting the Table, exploring that core question.
Resetting the Table concludes that “single-issue initiatives and well-intentioned endeavors are not enough to combat systemic, intersecting challenges” and recommends cross sector planning that spans workforce development, community and economic development, education, neighborhood security, health, and wellness.
The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, in partnership with PolicyBridge, is hosting a year-long forum series asking the question: Is it possible to implement cross sector planning that addresses the intersecting social and economic challenges facing Cleveland? On February 28, the inaugural discussion commenced, moderated by Randell McShepard, Chair, PolicyBridge, and featuring Bradford Davy (MS '14), Chief Strategy Officer, City of Cleveland; Greg Brown, PolicyBridge; India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation; and Baiju Shah, Greater Cleveland Partnership.
Please visit our website for additional resources, including the presentation featured during this event, and an additional video, “Tackling Complex Social Problems through Collective Impact.”
Watch the Inaugural Discussion held on February 28, 2022