2015 Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference: The First 100 Days - A Vision for Change in Cuyahoga County 

Friday, November 13, 2015
8:30am - 4:00pm
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium 
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115  
(CLEs 5.0 hours) 

About the Series: 

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.


7:45am - 8:30am: Continental Breakfast
8:30am: Welcome  
Kathy Hexter, Director for Community Planning and Development, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Charles Bromley, Founder and Director, Ohio Fair Lending Coalition        
8:45am - 9:30am: County Housing Plan: Overview of progress and research
Moderator: Cheryl Stephens, Director of Acquisitions, Dispositions and Development, Cuyahoga Land Bank 
Ken Surratt, Deputy Director, Housing and Community Development, Cuyahoga County
9:30am - 9:45am: Housing Trends 
Frank Ford, Senior Policy Advisor, Thriving Communities Institute
Ongoing Municipal Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovative Responses
9:45am - 10:45am: City of Cleveland
Moderator: Frank Ford, Thriving Communities Institute  
Ron O'Leary, Director, Cleveland Building and Housing Department
Erika Anthony, Senior Director of Advocacy, Policy and Research, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Anthony Brancatelli, Council Member, City of Cleveland
11:00am - 12:00pm: First Ring Suburbs
Moderator: Sally Martin, Housing Manager, South Euclid 
Benjamin Faller, Executive Director, Home Repair Resource Center
Ian Andrews, Executive Director, Lakewood Alive
Michael Love, City of South Euclid/One South Euclid
Marty Castelletti, City of Euclid/EDCOR
Nick Fedor, Executive Director, Shaker Heights Development Corporation
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
Introduction and remarks: Jim Rokakis, Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Director, Thriving Communities Institute
Keynote Speaker: Representative Dan Kildee, U. S. Congress, Michigan, D-MI 5TH District
1:40pm - 2:45pm: Affordable Housing:  Ongoing Needs and Community response
Moderator: Philip Star, J.D., Executive in Residence, Levin College of Urban  Affairs, Cleveland State University 
Lou Tisler, Executive Director, NHS of Greater Cleveland
Rob Curry, Executive Director, Cleveland Housing Network
Diana M. Cyganovich, Executive Director, Cogswell Hall
 2:45pm - 3:45pm: Fair Lending Update
Moderator: Paul Bellamy, Esq., The Dann Law Firm; Additional speakers TBA 
Leah Mullen, Staff Attorney/Senior Compliance Director, Toledo Fair Housing  
Thenessa Savitsky, Research Analysis, Ohio Fair Lending Coalition 
Jaime Weisberg, Senior Campaign Analyst, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development