Levin College Forum

2015 Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference Series Core Cuyahoga: What's Next? 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch - Open Data
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Bonda Board Room 254 
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
About the Series:
Join us on September 16th as we continue our Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference series with a brown bag lunch program to discussion housing policy in Cuyahoga County.  Last year at our fall conference, a panel of public officials and community development experts put forward an agenda for change for the first 100 days of the new county administration. This year, we are taking it further by engaging the community in an ongoing series of dialogs on topics essential to the health and vitality of our region. As we continue to take a pulse on emerging topics and important trends, we will monitor our progress toward a more vital and sustainable future. The series will culminate in a full day conference next fall that will explore these community concerns in detail and propose tangible ideas for moving the region forward over the next decade and beyond.
There are many positive and exciting changes happening in Cuyahoga County. However, sobering statistics on population decline, anemic housing values and disinvestment, growing countywide delinquent property tax balances, increasing poverty, and housing insecurity threaten to undermine our progress. Breaking down silos and bringing people together to collaborate and innovate is the way forward. We look forward to having you join the conversation.
'Open Data' - What can it do for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County?
You may have heard the term 'open data' recently- all throughout the nation organizations and citizens are figuring out how to use data and information to improve government services and the daily lives of residents. This can mean anything from phone apps that track the locations of snowplows (Chicago) to making data about government contracts and spending available (Ohio's checkbook).
This brown bag lunch session will give an introductory overview of open data in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. 
Jill Miller Zimon, OpenNEO, will give an introduction to open data, what it means for governments and residents, different ways its being implemented across the nation, and what it could mean for Northeast Ohio.
Frank Ford, Thriving Communities Institute, will provide an overview of the Ohio Public Records statute and what it means for individuals and civic organizations seeking access to public data.
April Urban, Case Western Reserve University, will present applications and site where open data is currently being used in Northeast Ohio, including the NEO CANDO information system.
Carter Wang, Open Cleveland, will give an introduction to the civic-hacking sphere; organizations and volunteers that use technology for social good.
For information about previous Brown Bag events, please visit Organize! Ohio.