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)

Wildlife in Northeast Ohio: Why can't we all just get along
07/17/2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lakewood Public Library Main Branch, 15425 Detroit Ave,
Lakewood , Ohio, 44107

Jim McCarty, reporter/columnist, Plain Dealer, will moderate. Panelists include:
Jonathon D. Cepek, wildlife ecologist, Cleveland Metroparks
Lisa Petit, chief of resource management, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Harvey B. Webster, director of wildlife resources, Cleveland Museum off Natural History

The Election for Mayor - a discussion about the future of Cleveland
08/29/2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus, 11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

Leila Atassi, reporter, Plain Dealer, will moderate.
Panelists include:
Tom Beres, reporter, WKYC-TV (retired)
Michael Nelson, president, Cleveland NAACP
Chris Quinn, editor and president, Advance Ohio

Videos of Past 2017 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums: 

East Side Development: Prospects for Reinvention – May 9

Panelists: Joyce Braverman, director of development, City of Shaker Heights; Mansfield Frazier, journalist, business owner, and Hough resident; Wayne Mortensen, director of design, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; Rick Semersky, developer/CEO, VIP Restoration, Inc. Moderator: Terry Schwarz, director, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Kent State University.
Slides from the forum:
Moderator Terry Schwarz’s slides
Wayne Mortensen’s slides
Click here for forum video

The Foster Care System in Northeast Ohio. Is it Broken? – April 18 

Panelists: Prof. David Crampton, PhD, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University; Edward L. Gilbert, author, attorney and foster care advocate; Kate Lodge, vice president of Strategic Initiatives and executive director of A Place 4 Me, YWCA Greater Cleveland; Betsie Norris, executive director, Adoption Network Cleveland. Moderator: Philip Morris, columnist, Plain Dealer
Click here for forum video

The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities – March 21
Panelists: Greg Cordek, City of Cleveland budget administrator (sitting in for Sharon Dumas, director of finance, City of Cleveland); Timothy J. DeGeeter, mayor, City of Parma; Rich Exner, data analysis editor, Moderator: Brent Larkin,
Click here for video.
A post-forum article “Public forum on state budget cuts highlights local government frustration” was written by Peter Krouse and published in on March 22.

The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland – 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,
Click here for video.

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,
Click here for video.

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
Click here for video.

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,
Click here for video.

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,
Click here for video.

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,
Click here for video.

2016 Ohio and U.S. Primary Preview – March 1, 2016
Mark Naymik, Columnist,; Brent Larkin, Former Editorial Director and Columnist, The Plain Dealer
Click here for video.

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
Click here for video.

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
Click here for video.

Videos of 2015 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums – click here.