NEO Public Policy Forums

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums –
Covering Important Issues For Our Region (2016)

Information on upcoming Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums (co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, and other organizations) can also be found on the CWRU website (click here)

The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities
03/21/2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Parma Snow Branch CCPL, 2121 Snow Rd
Parma, OH, 44134

Brent Larkin,, will moderate. Panelists include:
Sharon Dumas, director of finance, City of Cleveland
Timothy J. DeGeeter, mayor, City of Parma

Will Cleveland’s Eastside Gentrify?
05/09/2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Heights Libraries, Main Branch, 2345 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118

Can It Be Done Equitably?

Steven Litt, Plain Dealer, will moderate. Panelists include:
Wes Finch, founder and chairman, The Finch Group
Mansfield Frazier, journalist, business owner, and Hough resident
Michael Fleming, executive director, St Clair Superior Development Corporation
Jason Segedy, director of planning and urban development, City of Akron

Videos of Past 2017 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums: 

The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland – Tuesday January 31, 2017
Panelists:Jeffrey Johnson, Cleveland councilman 10th ward; Kevin Kelley, Cleveland council president; Nathaniel Martin, East Cleveland council president. Moderator: Nick Castele, Ideastream
Click here for video

Videos of 2016 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums: 

Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland – November 17, 2016
Panelists: Len Komoroski, CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena; Peter G. Pattakos, lawyer, sports fan and vocal opponent of the “sin tax;” Tom Chema, president, Gateway Consultants Group. Moderator:Peter Krouse, metro reporter,
Click here for video.

Relationship between Cleveland Police and the Community – November 15, 2016
Panelists: Blaine A. Griffen, executive director, community relations, City of Cleveland; Deon McCaulley, deputy chief, Cleveland Police Department; Dr. Rhonda Williams, director, Social Justice Institute, Case Western Reserve University. Moderator: Mark Naymik, metro reporter,
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Marijuana Legalization – October 13, 2016
Panelists: Brian Bachelder, president, Ohio State Medical Association and family physician at Akron General Hospital; Thomas G. Haren, Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash., L.P.A. and editor, Ohio Marijuana Law Blog; Garett Fortune, CEO, FunkSac (compliant packaging for the cannabis industry); Kenny Yuko, Ohio State Senator, District 25 with moderator Jackie Borchardt, Columbus bureau reporter,
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Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River – September 15, 2016
Panelists: Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, deputy director of watershed programs, NEORSD; Jane Goodman, executive director, Cuyahoga River Restoration; Jim White, director, Sustainable Infrastructure Program, Port of Cleveland; moderator: Jim McCarty, metro reporter of The Plain Dealer
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Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio – August 25, 2016
Panelists: Representative Kathleen Clyde (D), Ohio House District 75; Dr. John C. Green, Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics; Senator Frank LaRose (R), Ohio Senate District 27; Moderator: Thomas Suddes, Editorial Writer,
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2016 Republican National Convention: What’s in it for Cleveland? – May 17, 2016
Panelists: Diane Downing, COO, Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee; Henry Gomez, Political Reporter,; Chris McNulty, Director of Community and Political Affairs, RNC; Moderator: Andrew Tobias, Republican National Convention Reporter,
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Pre-School Education in Cuyahoga County – April 12, 2016
Panelists: Marcia Egbert Senior Program Officer, Gund Foundation; Rebekah Dorman, Director, Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children; Billie Osborne Fears, Executive Director, Starting Point; Moderator: Sharon Broussard, Editorial Writer,
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2016 Ohio and U.S. Primary Preview – March 1, 2016
Mark Naymik, Columnist,; Brent Larkin, Former Editorial Director and Columnist, The Plain Dealer
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Cuyahoga County Waterfronts and Neighborhood Development – February 9, 2016
Panelists: Bobbi Reichtell, Campus District, Inc., Executive Director; Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks, CEO; Jenny Spencer, Managing Director, Detroit Shoreway CDO; Joe Roman, Greater Cleveland Partnership, President and CEO; Moderator: Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer Art, Architecture, Urban Design, City Planning Reporter
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Your Money, Your Healthcare: Accessing Quality Treatment at a Time of Rapid Change – January 19, 2016
Panelists: Dr. Todd Zeiger, Vice President, Primary Care Institute, University Hospitals; Sarah Hackenbracht, Executive Director, Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership; Heather Thiltgen, Senior Vice President, Medical Mutual; Moderator: Casey Ross, Healthcare Reporter, The Plain Dealer
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Videos of 2015 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums – click here.