City Club of the Mahoning Valley is inspired by and founded upon the principles of free speech and civic discourse, and the belief in the power of informed conversation to spark change in the Mahoning Valley, the region, and the state. A vibrant, dynamic, and diverse forum for citizens and thought leaders invested in understanding and discussing the issues and ideas that shape the region, nation, and the world. In a world of hyper-partisanship, the City Club is a beacon for reason, free speech, and a vital and vigorous exchange of ideas.
What is happening on a national level is reflected in the fractures that have long existed in the Mahoning Valley--divisions between urban and rural communities, between new technologies of the future and old industries that built the community's foundation, and, of course, between the usual class, race, and political groups. The City Club of the Mahoning Valley invites speakers who challenge citizens to step into someone else's shoes, to understand why people from the other side of whatever issue feel the way they do and how they have come to their positions. While there is nothing easy about engaging across difference with the intent to understand rather than convince, we believe we must remain dedicated to providing a place for our community to be in an ongoing conversation about these issues.
The City Club of the Mahoning Valley is dedicated to delivering residents the kinds of public dialogue that for more than a century has helped residents of Greater Cleveland participate in the conversations that shape our shared future. And, as they do in Cleveland, City Club events in the Mahoning Valley has a strong partnership with public media, connecting those events to audiences across the valley and across the state.
The City Club of the Mahoning Valley is locally anchored with the leadership of a local project director and advised by the continuance and growth of the volunteer advisory committee that helped implement the pilot forums. Want to get more involved? Please reach out to Lynn Bilal at email@example.com for details about how you can support this growing program.
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