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For many small business owners, the last few years were some of the toughest to start and maintain a new business. For Black and Brown entrepreneurs, finding success in their startups has its own unique set of systemic and structural challenges around investors, developers and access. In April, we spoke with two Black business leaders who have foun…
 
Dr. Jodi Berg recently retired as a 4th generation President and CEO of Vitamix. Berg catapulted the brand from beloved to iconic, and expanded distribution to over 130 countries. Berg successfully navigated over 400 percent organic growth by transforming the organizational structure, articulating the company purpose, mission, and business objectiv…
 
Recent news about a strong job market may sound like great news for workers, but in Ohio, even as the economy appears to be rebounding, vacancies and high turnover remain. In a recent survey of over 750 local employers by the Fund for our Economic Future, nearly 80% confirmed that they are struggling to not only attract, but also retain employees. …
 
Cleveland is a surprising laboratory for non-profit media enterprises. Several years ago, City Bureau opened Cleveland Documenters, which hires citizens to document public meetings, posting notes to Twitter in real time. This year, the American Journalism Project launched the Ohio Local News Initiative with a newsroom in Cleveland, and The Marshall…
 
Families and medical professionals have long understood the importance of continuity in behavioral healthcare. Too often, treatment of mental illness, substance abuse, and other harmful addictive behaviors is a fragmented experience, handled by separate providers and relying on hospitalization or law enforcement during times of crisis. When treated…
 
The health and well-being of a child dictates the likelihood of their success in school. It is why the Ohio Department of Education adopted the Whole Child Framework. It\'s also the fundamental premise underlying Say Yes Cleveland, which provides support services for students beyond the classroom and the school day. Put simply, the framework ensure…
 
When Tony Richardson took the job as President of The George Gund Foundation, he did so knowing he could help kids that grew up like him: living in public housing, experiencing homelessness, poverty, and losing family members to violence. It\'s clear his lived experience will deepen the understanding of issues the organization confronts through its…
 
After the murder of George Floyd in 2020, many Americans felt a commitment that this time, things had to change. Protests and rallies packed cities, and promises were made to invest in the necessary steps to address inequities faced in Black communities. But for many Black Americans, this commitment rang hollow. According to the F.B.I., nearly 65 p…
 
There is growing proof that our zip code can better determine our health than our own DNA. Factors such as social connections, financial security, and lack of resources can prevent a person from reaching their best health-with racism and classism as the major barriers.\r\n\r\nWhile policy and systems change are long term solutions, more attention c…
 
In February 2022, Joyce Pan Huang was tapped by Mayor Justin Bibb to serve as Cleveland\'s next Director of City Planning, succeeding Freddy Collier, Jr. who held the position for nearly a decade. She brings a fresh perspective to the role, as Joyce is the first woman, mother, and Asian-American to hold the position.\r\n\r\nJoyce spent six years at…
 
For months after three white men chased Ahmaud Arbery to his death, Georgia of 2020 looked disconcertingly like Georgia of 1950. Hank Klibanoff would know. He is a son of the South, professor at Emory University, and created the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project--a journalistic exploration of unpunished racially motivated killings during the …
 
According to Hannah Halbert, \"Public policy put me here.\" She grew up in rural Kentucky, raised by her mother who held several jobs and wrote obituaries for the local paper. Social Security dependent benefits gave her mom security after losing her dad in a workplace shooting. Later on, her stepdad worked as a coa--l miner in a region where the Un…
 
Our country has just begun to emerge from one of the most significant mass disruptions to American education in our history. In its wake, parents across the country are asking more and more questions about how our schools are meeting the needs of their children, and teachers are facing never-before-seen challenges.\r\n\r\nOn February 7, 2017, Betsy…
 
Our elders, especially those experiencing dementia and Alzheimer's are often isolated in nursing homes or segregated in elder-care settings, making the final years of life feel lonely and devoid of meaning. But what if we could radically change how we interact with our older loved ones?\r\n\r\nAnne Basting, artist and author of Creative Care: A Rev…
 
Over the past two years, few have had a better view of workplace upheaval than human resource managers. In their roles, they oversee constantly evolving COVID-19 policies, are managing a new hybrid workforce, are addressing workplace inequities, and are tasked with creating safe and welcoming spaces as employees return to their jobs. Add to this, t…
 
Speeches have the power to educate, incite, and inspire. But for almost every delivered speech, there exists an undelivered opposite. These "second speeches" provide a tantalizing, sometimes terrifying window into what could have been if not for changes of heart or momentous turns of events.\r\n\r\nIn Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches that Woul…
 
The greatest threat to American democracy, says David Pepper isn\'t the high-profile antics of national politicians. In his new book, Laboratories of Autocracy, he posits that the greatest danger to democracy is in our own statehouses, and the dismantling of democratic institutions is happening right under our noses.\r\n\r\nPepper points to often u…
 
This year, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates the finalists of our 14th annual Stop the Hate contest, and The City Club of Cleveland is celebrating the winners of The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest.\r\n\r\nThe Stop the Hate contest, which annually awards $100,000 to 6th - 12th grade students and schools in Northeas…
 
The Constitution is the prevailing guiding document of law, values, and governance for our country. It has withstood some of the most turbulent times in our Nation\'s history and, during these times of change, is once again being put to the test.\r\n\r\nJudge Patricia Ann Blackmon was the first woman of color elected to court of appeals in Ohio and…
 
The slide toward autocracy among some European nations has called into question the health of European democracy and the upending of politics as we know it in Europe. This changing tenor has proved a challenge, and as in the case of NATO, the strength of the European Union is being revisited.\r\n\r\nIn early April, Viktor Orban, Hungary\'s authorit…
 
The story of Ms. Susan Burton is a story of redemption and overcoming the odds. After the loss of her 5-year old son, addiction took hold of Ms. Burton sending her on a decades-long journey of incarceration and recidivism. After six separate stints in prison, Ms. Burton found sobriety and founded her own nonprofit, A New Way of Life, which aims to …
 
As part of his political campaign, President Joe Biden laid out the groundwork for significant leaps and change in healthcare.\r\n\r\nPresident Biden issued nearly 40 executive orders during his first 100 days in office, about 12 of which were specifically targeted to address changes in healthcare. Some orders made way for easier access to Medicaid…
 
There\'s a prevailing narrative in America that free markets are an equal opportunity employer--that with the right amount of grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit, anyone can make it. But how equal is the opportunity out there, really? And for those Black men and women who have made it, and now lead successful multimillion dollar enterpri…
 
The war in Ukraine has put the sum of U.S. Senator Rob Portman\'s work directly into the spotlight. As the co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Portman has been working across the aisle to build support for the emerging democracy in Eastern Europe and led a bipartisan delegation to Ukraine in January to meet with President Zelenskyy and other Ukr…
 
Established in 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency is the leading federal agency working to protect public health, as well as maintain and restore critical watersheds like the Great Lakes. Currently executing on President Biden\'s Build Back Better agenda, the U.S. EPA is providing critical support to communities addressing long…
 
In November 2021, Ohio\'s 11th Congressional District underwent a special election to fill the seat previously held by Marcia Fudge, who joined the Biden Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Before redistricting, the district has been one of two majority-minority Ohio districts protected under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.…
 
The City Club of Cleveland is pleased to host the annual State of the City Address. This free public event will be held in Silver Hall, at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.\r\n\r\nMayor Justin M. Bibb will speak to the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office, the progress of the economic reco…
 
In November 2021, Ohio\'s 11th Congressional District underwent a special election to fill the seat previously held by Marcia Fudge, who joined the Biden Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Before redistricting, the district has been one of two majority-minority Ohio districts protected under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.…
 
The Presidential power to nominate a Supreme Court justice and Senate\'s power to confirm that nomination is one of the pillars of our country\'s checks-and-balances system. Yet, the politics and tensions over this process has escalated over recent years. The sudden death of Antonin Scalia in early 2016 led to a successful effort to block Obama\'s …
 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been educating Black men and women for more than 100 years. Current leading indicators from high college graduation to rates to affordability point to HBCU\'s important role in supporting our country\'s leaders and scholars of color.\r\n\r\nIn March of 2015, Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD was na…
 
The story of Cleveland\'s 1948 baseball season is America\'s story. A year that happened to include a World Series victory is also the year when the integration of Major League Baseball took major steps forward, with Cleveland breaking barriers for the American League. The relationships among some of the central figures--Negro League stars Satchel …
 
How does a legacy energy company get to net zero carbon? Answering that question--while simultaneously meeting the demands of customers, shareholders and the community--is at the top of the agenda for Dominion Energy\'s Robert Blue. In early 2020, Blue announced the legacy energy company would set a course for net zero carbon and methane emissions …
 
Leading up to the primary election on May 3rd, 2022, The City Club of Cleveland will be speaking with candidates running for Cuyahoga County Executive.\r\n\r\nLast year, incumbent County Executive Armond Budish announced he would not run for reelection, launching a race for a seat that would oversee the second most-populous county in Ohio--and one …
 
Leading up to the primary election on May 3rd, 2022, The City Club of Cleveland will be speaking with candidates running for Cuyahoga County Executive.\r\n\r\nLast year, incumbent County Executive Armond Budish announced he would not run for reelection, launching a race for a seat that would oversee the second most-populous county in Ohio--and one …
 
As President Biden began his term, the New York Times commented that the President had entered his office with the \"largest team ever assembled inside the White House to tackle global warming.\" It was a bold move after several years of disruptions and disinvestment throughout multiple federal agencies.\r\n\r\nIncluded on this new team in the Offi…
 
Leading up to the primary election on May 3, 2022, The City Club of Cleveland will be speaking with candidates running for Cuyahoga County Executive.\r\n\r\nLast year, incumbent County Executive Armond Budish announced he would not run for reelection, launching a race for a seat that would oversee the second most-populous county in Ohio--and one th…
 
For more than two decades, The City Club of Cleveland has hosted the annual High School Debate Championship.\r\n\r\nEvery year, the top two area high school debaters square off in a classic \"Lincoln-Douglas\" style debate at a Friday forum. This gives the debaters the opportunity to compete-not only for the judges and the audience in the room-but …
 
The debate over free speech on college and university campuses has become a dominant issue facing higher education. Reports on the implementation of university speech codes and trigger warning policies, the establishment of free-speech zones and safe spaces, and protests over the views expressed by faculty or invited speakers have ignited fierce co…
 
A recent birth of a baby gorilla at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo--the first in their 139 year history--has focused the community\'s attention on the plight of the Western lowland gorilla, a critically endangered species. The zoo has used this as an opportunity to raise awareness about and financial support for the conservation work they do around t…
 
The news from Ukraine is changing by the hour, but some parts of the story are unchanging: a fledgling European democracy is finding its sovereignty threatened by a hostile neighbor led by an autocrat. As the conflict with Russia continues, facts are in as much dispute as the border itself, and the exact nature of the aggression and the response is…
 
Public transit is more than just busses, trains, and track. It's economic development, equity of access, and one of our community's greatest assets.\r\n\r\nIn July 2021, the City Club welcomed India Birdsong to our Public Square series, where she discussed the next chapter of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA); as well as the re…
 
As the world turns to Cleveland to celebrate the greatness of NBA athletes, we\'ll take a moment for a conversation between two leaders driven relentlessly to find new peaks in their own careers.\r\n\r\nA political newcomer with a dedication to public service, Justin Bibb became Cleveland\'s 58th mayor in January 2022, taking office with a promise …
 
Libraries are much more than shelves of books and pods of computers. They link people to each other, serve as safe gathering spaces for kids, and are a hub for continued learning and civic engagement. And during one of our city's largest surges in coronavirus cases, the library became a trusted distribution site for free COVID antigen test kits.\r\…
 
Baiju Shah took over the leadership role at the Greater Cleveland Partnership in the spring of 2021. He\'s just the second person to helm the organization since it was founded in 2004, to bring together a half dozen other organizations under one banner as the region\'s chamber of commerce. At the end of 2021, Shah offered up a vision of the GCP\'s …
 
There\'s a battle over the soul of democracy today, and recently, access to the ballot box has become the site of some of the most important legislative conflicts. Across the country--Georgia, Texas, and here in Ohio--legislators and activists are clashing over whether the simple act of voting should be easy and accessible, or limited by ID require…
 
According to John Mitterholzer\'s calculations, if Ohio were its own country, we would be the 26th largest greenhouse gas emitter on Earth. As Ohio\'s only delegate from the civil society sector to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland last November, this statistic was top of John\'s mind.\r\n\r\nIn the last severa…
 
When Dr. Marla P?rez-Davis was growing up in Puerto Rico, there were some who doubted she could become an engineer.\r\n\r\nToday, P?rez-Davis is the first Puerto Rican-born woman to serve as the Director of any NASA Center, and the second woman to lead Cleveland's NASA John H. Glenn Research Center. P?rez-Davis oversees more than 3,200, scientists,…
 
Human trafficking, often categorized by sex and labor trafficking, is widespread in the United States. Victims of human trafficking can come from any background, however according to the U.S. Department of Justice, 94% of sex trafficking victims are female, 40% are Black, and 24% are Latinx. And in South Dakota, where Native American women are only…
 
Extensive research has shown the powerful impact of effective family-school partnerships on students, parents, teachers, and schools. In fact, Dr. Mapp joined the City Club in 2017 to talk about the importance of community supported education.\r\n\r\nNow, Dr. Mapp is back to discuss what we have learned from the COVID-19 crisis and the national rac…
 
There may not be a presidential race, but it\'s hard to overstate the significance of the political year ahead. It\'s not just that 2022 brings the usual statewide contests--Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and so forth; Ohio has an open senate seat with a formidable roster of primary contenders, including political neophytes, a cele…
 
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