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​​​​​​​Video Podcast Episodes

April 2021: Dr. Merissa Piazza Discusses Research Project Aimed to Investigate Institutionalized Racism and Support Minority Entrepreneurship
In this episode, Dr. Merissa C. Piazza, Program Manager for Levin’s Center for Economic Development, discusses a new research project that has been funded through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “Knowledge Challenge” program. Dr. Piazza shares that as part of this effort, the research team will investigate institutionalized racism and discrimination, while developing processes and recommendations for supporting minority entrepreneurship to advance economic growth in the Greater Cleveland region. The Center for Economic Development has served as a designated US Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center since 1985.​​​​​​​

March 2021: Dr. Robert A. Simons Examines Impact of “EZfare” on Quality of Life of Low-Income Transit Riders
In this episode, Dr. Robert (Roby) A. Simons, Professor and Department Chair at the Levin College, discusses his preliminary research findings on “EZfare,” an automated no-touch transit payment system that has recently been implemented by public transit authorities throughout Ohio. Funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Program, the three-year research study looks at the effect of EZfare on the quality of life of transit riders and the potential role of contactless EZfare smart cards in preventing the spread of COVID-19. ​​​​​​​

June 2020: Levin Podcast: Smart Cities Part 2 - Dr. Nicholas Zingale and Dr. Sasa Drezgic
​​​​​​​Nicholas Zingale, Associate Professor in Public Administration at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and Dr. Sasa Drezgic, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Rijeka (Croatia) in Croatia are featured in this Levin podcast.

April 2020: Levin Podcast: Smart Cities Part 1 - Dr. Nicholas Zingale and Dr. Sasa Drezgic
​​​​​​​Nicholas Zingale, Associate Professor in Public Administration at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and Dr. Sasa Drezgic, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Rijeka (Croatia) in Croatia are featured in this Levin podcast.

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Featured Videos

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COVID-19: Outlooks from Northeast Ohio Mayors​​​​​​​COVID-19: Outlooks from Northeast Ohio Mayors
Communities around Northeast Ohio are united by the challenges of COVID-19, and local officials are at the forefront of the response. Almost overnight, municipalities were pressed to implement new public safety regulations and establish emergency relief spending measures. Resulting budget shortfalls are forcing painful decisions in local governments, including layoffs, furloughs, and cuts to important public services. COVID-19: Outlooks from Northeast Ohio Mayors , recorded on December 2, 2020, features a panel of mayors from cities throughout Cuyahoga County. Together they offer their ground-level perspectives as they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and share their outlooks on how our communities will continue to navigate these challenging times in 2021.

​​​​​​​Inconvenient Truths about Suburbanization without GrowthInconvenient Truths about Suburbanization without Growth
This Levin College Forum, held on November 10, 2020, explores our latest research on the subject of regionalism, and draws together a panel of experts who discuss the challenges to connecting this research to policy and practice. The program includes three research perspectives, outlining the predictability of regional dynamics, the social consequences of those dynamics, and the role of collaboration-based interventions. Regional practitioners and leaders will join this scholarship with their on-the-ground perspectives of political and logistical realities and other dynamics. For more information, please visit this forum's event page.

Economic Inclusion Roundtable: Moving Cleveland Above the Trend: Benchmarking Regional Performance​​​​​​​Economic Inclusion Roundtable – Moving Cleveland Above the Trend: Benchmarking Regional Performance
A study by Levin’s Center for Economic Development, Moving Cleveland Above the Trend: Benchmarking Regional Performance, examines mid-sized regional economies that have done well in building an innovative and talent-driven economy, to provide a framework of how the Greater Cleveland region can incorporate similar policies to propel its communities forward. This Economic Inclusion Roundtable offers an exposition of the findings of the report, while examining questions related to public policy implementation, strategies for moving Northeast Ohio’s economic performance above the trend, and the role of inclusion as it contributes to successes in policy and growth. For more information, please visit this event page.

​​​​​​​Economic Inclusion RoundtableEconomic Inclusion Roundtable: Is There Opportunity in Opportunity Zones?​​​​​​​
Opportunity Zones are an economic development tool established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 with the goal of creating long-term investments in impoverished areas. There are 320 designated Opportunity Zones in Ohio. Opportunity Zones provide tax incentives for investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains into funds that invest within the designated Opportunity Zone. US investors currently hold trillions of dollars in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds alone— a significant untapped resource for economic development. This new source of risk capital can seed new startups, accelerate business expansions, create jobs, increase and improve housing options, and revitalize distressed communities. ​​​​​​​For more information, please visit this event page.

See our archive for past featured videos.