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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Think back to the summer you were 16. What was on your mind? How best to spend your school-free months? Holding down a summer job? How about how to change your community for the better? This summer, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) is hosting a youth delegation from Iraq through the US Department...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Creative Workforce Fellowship Session: What to Expect

Creative Workforce Fellowship Session: What to Expect

It started with a quiet announcement, that Cuyahoga county's Creative Workforce Fellowship was to be temporarily suspended, pending a review by the funder. Few noticed, until Belt Mag founder and editor-in-chief Anne Trubek started a minor ruckus online and on her Facebook wall. She eventually deleted the Facebook post, but not before generating a little...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cleveland: 10 Things Politico Should Know

Cleveland: 10 Things Politico Should Know

This was originally published on Huffington Post (7/8/14) Yesterday, after the Republican National Committee named Cleveland as its 2016 convention site, a writer for Politico added his two cents to the national narrative about Cleveland. "Cleveland: 10 things to know" obviously meant well but started with something that happened 45 years ago and had all the hallmarks of a hastily cobbled...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Three Thoughts for Every Urban Developer

Three Thoughts for Every Urban Developer

When Ron Ratner spoke to the City Club of Cleveland on May 23 as part of the Business Leaders Series, his remarks offered three critical insights into Cleveland’s future development and the conventional wisdom of urban planning: First, Ratner said, “community buy-in in a shared vision is absolutely critical” to the success of development projects....

Friday, June 27, 2014

How to Create a Sustainable Future

How to Create a Sustainable Future

David Orr took center stage at the Cleveland City Club on May 16th, 2014. His position at Oberlin College as Professor of Environmental Studies gave weight to his words about how to fix the ever-worsening problem of climate change. Mr. Orr began by focusing on the Oberlin campus where he pioneered  “one of thirty milestone...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The State of the Great Lakes? Is that a thing?

The State of the Great Lakes? Is that a thing?

You know that enormous body of water you drive by on the shoreway? We've got an annual forum devoted to it and its comrades. Here are three reasons you should join us. You'll want to hear Chris Korleski. Chris Korleski runs the Great Lakes Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If it's about conservation...

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