Our 2017 Brown Bag Forums have concluded. Please join us for our annual conference held at Cleveland State's Levin College of Urban Affairs on October 27, 2017.
About the Forums
2015 was the first time we had a series of Brown Bag Lunch Forums leading up to our Annual Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference. The overall Brown Bag Lunch Forum series goal is to monitor Cuyahoga County’s progress on priority housing and community development issues. The forums also provide a venue for gathering information and ideas to be incorporated in a major fall conference. Participants in the small event programs identify emerging issues and how they can best be addressed in a timely manner. All events are free and open to the public. Many offer CLE hours. After a huge success in 2015, we kept the same format for 2016.
The 2017 Brown Bag Forums
This year's series will consist of 7 brown bag lunch forums and will culminate in a full-day conference. All events will be hosted at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Known as the place "where the community gathers to discuss challenges, create opportunities, and celebrate accomplishments," the Levin College Forum Program is a catalyst for thoughtful public debate, innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing critical issues that impact Northeast Ohio.
6th Brown-Bag Lunch: State's Role in Rebuilding Ohio Cities Wednesday September 13th, TBA
Conference: Friday October 27th
The 2016 Brown Bag Forums
This series consisted of 4 brown bag lunch forums and culminated in the full-day fall conference. All events were hosted at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Known as the place "where the community gathers to discuss challenges, create opportunities, and celebrate accomplishments," the Levin College Forum Program is a catalyst for thoughtful public debate, innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing critical issues that impact Northeast Ohio. THEME: CORE CUYAHOGA – WHAT’S NEXT? WHERE WILL THE COUNTY BE IN 10 YEARS?
1st Brown-Bag Lunch: State Housing Policy Wednesday March 9th 2016 2nd Brown-Bag Lunch: Healthy Homes Wednesday April 13th
4th Brown-Bag Lunch: Update--Implementing the Cuyahoga County Housing Plan Wednesday June 15th
Conference - Friday October 21st
Who We Are
Ohio Fair Lending/Vital Communities Coalition The Ohio Fair Lending Coalition, a group of researchers, consumer advocates, academics, and legal experts, was formed in 1989 to analyze and provide a sharp focus on disparate lending in Cuyahoga County, as well as in the State of Ohio. Since 2005, when foreclosures first became an explosive issue, housing has also been a major conference topic. Reflecting this change, the coalition changed its name to the Fair Lending and Vital Communities Coalition. The Coalition’s annual conferences, which marked their 25th Anniversary in 2014, draw an audience of elected officials, community development professionals and academics. Over the years, conference keynote speakers have included Ralph Nader, John Relman, Steve Dane, David Huey, Federal Reserve Governor Edward M. Gramlich, Dr. Nancy Denton, Pat McCoy, Kathleen Engel, U.S Senator Sherrod Brown, Congressman Louis Stokes, and Congressman DanKildee.
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