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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

About the Series

Join us in 2015 as we expand our Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference to add a series of highly interactive community conversations focused on the challenges and opportunities we are facing as a 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.

The first program in the series is May 6, 2015.

The series Kick-Off Forum, to be scheduled for the week of May 11, will introduce the series to the community and review outcomes and lessons from the Fall 2014 conference.

Charles Bromley, Director, Ohio Fair Lending/Vital Communities Coalition, will provide an overview and brief summary of fall conference recommendations sent to County Executive Armond Budish. This forum is designed to be interactive, with facilitated round-table discussions.

Facilitators & Discussion Issues:

Housing Policy– What can the County do? Where does the County have leverage?
Kathryn Hexter, Director, Center for Community Planning and Development, CSU
Sally Martin, Housing Manager, City of South Euclid

Housing Policy– What can the County do? Where does the County have leverage?
Frank Ford, Senior Policy Advisor, Thriving Communities

Open data
April Urban, Research Assistant, CWRU Poverty Center

Ohio Budget- Impact of the State of Ohio budget on Cuyahoga County
John Corlett, Executive Director, Center for Community Solutions

Event sponsored by
Fair Lending Ohio Fair Lending and Vital Communities Coalition