Join FutureHeights for an interactive panel discussion: Rediscovering Our Neighborhood Business Districts.
Richey Piiparinen will facilitate a panel discussion on dynamic commercial districts with local community development experts Dione Alexander, President of Village Capital Corporation; Adam Rosen, Economic Development Director for Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization; Michael Fleming, Executive Director of St. Clair Superior Community Development Corporation; and Bob Brown, former Director of the Cleveland Planning Commission.
FutureHeights will share its recent accomplishments, including its community-building programs and new initiatives for commercial districts.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Facilitator Richey Piiparinen is a senior research associate at the Levin College at Cleveland State University, focusing on migration, demography, culture, and economic and community development. He is co-editor of the book Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology and a blogger at HuffngtonPost.
Dione Alexander is President of Village Capital Corporation, the lending subsidiary of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and a leading local community development financial institution which provides crucial funding to catalytic developments in Northeast Ohio, including Uptown in University Circle and Waverly Townhomes in Detroit Shoreway.
Adam Rosen leads the economic development and revitalization efforts for the retail districts in Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. He manages commercial leasing for a portfolio of properties in the Gordon Square Arts District, recruiting new businesses and provideing technical assistance to existing ones.
Michael Fleming spent nearly a decade working as a chef in Boston, Miami Beach and Madrid, Spain, before returning to his hometown of Cleveland in 2004 to be a part of the city's revival. He now leads a team of dedicated professionals who are working to build a dynamic neighborhood around the many assets of the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.
Bob Brown has prepared comprehensive plans for cities and neighborhoods and written innovative zoning regulations on topics ranging from design review to urban agriculture.