Regional Prosperity for Northeast Ohio, Growing Together

Thursday, January 27, 2011
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Glickman-Miller Hall, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium

About the Forum

Be sure to watch “A Crack in the Pavement” on Sunday, January 23 at 4:00pm on WVIZ, Channel 25.  The documentary explores efforts of public officials in southern Ohio to prevent older suburbs from losing businesses and residents to newer suburbs. Included: policies that benefit sprawl development instead of older communities. Peter Coyote narrates.

How can the communities of Northeast Ohio come together to create an environment for economic prosperity?  This forum will explore the connection between regional job growth and economic development and local government collaboration on such strategic issues as infrastructure investment and land use planning and regulation.  

For the past two years, the Regional Prosperity Initiative* (RPI), a collaborative effort to promote region-wide land use planning accompanied with new growth tax base sharing, has been working to advance this idea.  This forum will focus on next steps for the PRI initiative. 

The audience is invited to participate in roundtable discussions.

4:00-4:05 p.m. Welcome
4:05-4:15 p.m. “About the films” Andrea Torrice with clips
4:15-4:45 p.m. Moderated Panel Discussion (Dan Moulthrop, moderator)—Set context and identify options.  What does collaboration look like?
  Mayor Michael Lyons, Richfield, Ohio, Overview of Regional Prosperity Initiative and focus of 2011 priorities
  Lavea Brachman, Executive Director, Greater Ohio Policy Center & Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program state policy recommendations, incentives and barriers
  Gary Norton, Mayor of East Cleveland—An inner-ring suburb’s perspective
  Steve Hambley, Medina County Commissioner –A developing County’s perspective
  Jason Segedy, Director, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study
4:45-5:30 p.m. Audience roundtable discussion
  Is collaboration worth pursuing for cities in Northeast Ohio?  If so, what kind of collaborations would you like to see and with which kind of partners?  If not, how should your local government deal with the inevitable financial strains ahead?  
5:30-6:00 p.m. Report out, wrap-up and state response 

Sponsored by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, together with Ideastream, the Civic Commons, First Suburbs, Andrea Torrice productions, Greater Ohio, the Center for Community Solutions and the Regional Prosperity Initiative.



This event is made possible through the generous support of the Ford and Surdna Foundations.

*The RPI is a collaboration among the Northeast Ohio Mayors and Managers Association, the Northeast Ohio City Council Association the Fund for our Economic Future, Team NEO, Advance Northeast Ohio, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College, and the Impact Group.  Its goal is to reduce intergovernmental competition and create an environment for economic prosperity.
All forum events are free and open to the public.