Brooking’s Bruce Katz and Lt. Gov. Fisher at The City Club of Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 13:12.
05/29/2007 - 12:00
05/29/2007 - 14:00
Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older Industrial Cities

CLEVELAND, OHBruce Katz, vice president and director of Metropolitan Policy at The Brookings Institution, will present Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older Industrial Cities, a comprehensive economic study of the 65 U.S. cities lagging behind their peers (scheduled for national release on May 20), at noon on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland. He will be joined by Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, who will give a local response to the report.

On the whole, America’s central cities are coming back. Employment is up, populations are growing, and many urban real estate markets are hotter than ever, with increasing numbers of young people, empty-nesters, and others choosing city life over the suburbs.

Unfortunately, not all cities are fully participating in this renaissance. Most of these cities and their larger regions, including Cleveland, are older industrial communities that are still struggling to make a successful transition from an economy based on routine manufacturing to one based on more knowledge-oriented activities. Katz will describe the challenges facing these communities, the unprecedented opportunity that exists to leverage their many assets, and a policy agenda to advance their renewal

Katz is an expert in community reinvestment, demographic trends, economic development, government reform, housing, poverty, state and local policy, social policy, transportation reform, urban and metropolitan policy, urban and regional politics, and welfare reform. Prior to Brookings, he was chief of staff at HUD (1993-96), staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs (1992-93), and senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs (1987-92).

Tickets for this City Club Special Program, sponsored by National City, are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at


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Sounds like a fantastic forum featuring Fisher and Katz - I had the privilege of meeting the Leutenant Governor as part of an effort to better connect the Ingenuity Festival to Columbus months ago.  He really impressed me with his forward-thinking vision and demeanor.  I also had the privilege of meeting with State Senator Capri Cafaro that same day and it was enjoyable visiting her antechambers with fellow Ingenuity Festival fellow Rich Weiss.  I should also mentioned it was heartening to see Ingenuity Festival founder and mastermind James Levin honored with a special Governor's award for his many years of selfless and dedicated service to arts excellence in NEO. 


Capri coincidentally represents the district from which my parents hail and includes Ashtabula, the town where I spent my childhood after being born (in Worcester, Mass).  A previous article featuring waste to ethanol conversion caught Capri's attention and may pose a viable solution for Northeast Ohio's struggling Dairy Farmers.  More to come on progress with these efforts - I'll be meeting with Statehouse delegates to follow up on several new ideas for regional transformative change soon.  Thanks for an informative intriguing update, Norm.