City Club Forum Addresses What Kind of New Leaders Cleveland Needs

Fri 7/23 @ noon

Needless to say, the City Club’s first in-person forum in a year and a half is already sold out. But it will continue its pandemic model of livestreaming it on its Facebook page.

And just as the City Club looked to new ways of keeping in touch with citizens during that time, this forum will look at new paths forward for the city. Titled “High Stakes and New Leaders: Assessing What Cleveland Needs,” it will look at directions Cleveland could take with a new mayor, after four-term mayor Frank Jackson retires at the beginning of next year, a new congressperson in Ohio-11, contested city council races in 16 of the 17 wards, and in 2022, an election for county executive.

The issues Cleveland faces are myriad. It was found to be the poorest big city in America in 2019, a standing the pandemic likely didn’t do much to improve. It always seems to have money to upgrade sports palaces and build infrastructure in gentrifying west-side areas for people with $1000-plus bicycles, but not much for decaying homes, under-resourced schools, crumbling infrastructure and mental health/addiction issues in less affluent neighborhoods. Like most of the country, it saw a surge of violence and crime in 2020, creating tension with those pushing for justice and policing reform.

What kind of leaders can help us tackle these issues? City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop will moderate a panel that includes ThirdSpace Action Lab founder Mordecai Cargill; MidTown Cleveland’s Joyce Huang; Oswald Companies’ Robert Klonk; and Metro West Community Development Organization’s Ricardo Leon.

If you have questions, tweet @TheCityClub or text 330.541.5794.



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