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Video Podcast Episodes

November 2019: Dr. Merissa Piazza
In this episode of The Levin Podcast Series, we interview Dr. Merissa Piazza, Program Manager at the Center of Economic Development at the Levin College. She discusses her new research on "co-working" and how Cleveland entrepreneurs can benefit from "co-working" spaces.

September 2019: Dr. Ronnie Dunn
In this episode of The Levin Podcast Series, we interview Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Interim Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State, and Associate Professor at the Levin College. Dr. Dunn discusses how he has changed racial bias in policing.

August 2019: Dr. Beth Nagy
In this episode of The Levin Podcast Series, we interview Dr. Beth Nagy, Assistant Lecturer of Planning Practice. She explains her career path from planning to lecturer.

July 2019: Rob Ziol
In this episode of The Levin Podcast Series, we interview Rob Ziol, Director, Center for Public & Nonprofit Management. He explains how his center is helping link our students to the community, and helping shape the future leaders of Cleveland.

May/June 2019: Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Kristen Blazek, and Erykah Betterson
This Levin podcast features Kristen Blazek, Coordinator of Student Recruitment, Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Levin College Dean and Professor, and Erykah Betterson, Levin Environmental Studies and Urban Studies/Regional Planning student.

Featured Videos

Census 2020​​​​​​​Census 2020: What You Need to Know
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The decennial census counts our population and households and distributes more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties, and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. This Levin College Dean’s Forum event focused on the importance of Census 2020 and how it affects Cleveland and the region. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cleveland Community Development - A Neighborhood Revitalization ToolboxCity of Cleveland Community Development – A Neighborhood Revitalization Toolbox

The City of Cleveland’s Community Development department is committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by strengthening our neighborhoods through successful housing rehabilitation efforts, commercial rehabilitation efforts, new housing construction, homeownership, and community focused human services. The Department’s neighborhood revitalization toolbox is delivered in partnership with community development corporations, housing partners and private development. The presentation will discuss the work of the department currently and several initiatives that are paving the way to a ten-year housing and neighborhood plan. They include equitable development through a re-examination of our tax abatement and land bank policies and a focus on increasing private lending in our revitalizing and middle neighborhoods.

Economic Inclusion Roundtable: Voices from the FieldEconomic Inclusion Roundtable​​​​​​​

Growing inequality has emerged as one of the central issues of our time. In Northeast Ohio, individuals may be disconnected from the economy solely because of their race, socioeconomic standing, and other factors. Engaging with and employing all members of our communities fosters an inclusive economy, and attracts diverse types of talent that powers innovation and growth. Inclusive economic growth focuses on diversity as a core driver of that growth. As cities and regions around the nation transition to the next economy, they understand that inclusion is an economic imperative, and that developing new strategies, products, and enterprises for achieving growth through inclusion must be a component of everything they do. Our panel of experts will share their perspectives and the work they are doing to address economic inclusion in our communities. Join us for an engaging discussion that will explore how we can reactivate our core cities and neighborhoods and transform them into vital areas capable of re-engaging their populations into the economy while creating a path for future prosperity.

Economic Inclusion Roundtable​​​​​​​Closing the Talent Gap: Aligning Opportunities for a Greater Region

Team NEO’s 2019 Aligning Opportunities report shares that the demand for skilled and educated talent is increasing, while the level of educational attainment in Northeast Ohio falls well short of the need. To close the talent gap, it is imperative to increase the pipeline of credentials awarded in Northeast Ohio. According to the report, the most significant sources of technically skilled talent are educational institutions at the secondary and postsecondary levels. While other sources of talent may also be important, the educational institutions that prepare residents for the workforce comprise, by far, the largest component of a talent supply system. Our forum will examine how we can connect students to quality education, in-demand jobs, and classroom experiences that encourage pursuing higher education; and identify what institutions of higher education need to know about the evolving needs of our region’s employers, so that we may better attract, retain, and grow a workforce with the skills needed to keep our region competitive.