Inside this Issue
  • Center for Economic Development to Examine Economic Resiliency Efforts in the Region
  • Legacy Cities: Continuity and Change Amid Decline and Revival
  • Meet Hannah Lebovits, PhD Candidate in Urban Studies and Public Affairs
  • Internship Success Story: Malena Hyde
  • Levin Student Ama Tyehimba Selected for Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship
  • Levin Connects Students and Graduates to Careers with Meaning
  • Episode 2 of The Levin Podcast Series Shares How Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Connects Students to Community and Careers
  • Levin in the News
  • Recent Events Recap
  • Upcoming Levin Programs Spotlight
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
Center for Economic Development to Examine Economic Resiliency Efforts in the Region

The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments was awarded a $600,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to establish a recovery coordination team that will help the region focus on economic resiliency efforts. This EDA investment and local matching funds will help Eastgate contract a dedicated recovery coordinator and a supporting team of individuals. The team will work with experts from the Levin College’s Center for Economic Development to determine how to focus the region’s economic resiliency efforts today and in the future.  >>Read More
Legacy Cities: Continuity and Change Amid Decline and Revival

Dr. J. Rosie Tighe and Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Associate Professors at the Levin College, have been interviewed by Cleveland State University's marketing department about a new book they recently co-edited. Ryberg-Webster’s research explores the complex intersections of historic preservation and urban development; Tighe’s focuses on housing policy, race and ethnicity, and neighborhood revitalization. In the interview, the two scholars discuss the book, Legacy Cities: Continuity and Change Amid Decline and Revival. A launch party will be held in September, where Tighe and Ryberg-Webster will promote the book, sign copies, and highlight individual contributors. Details regarding the date and location of the launch are forthcoming.  >>Read More
Meet Hannah Lebovits, PhD Candidate in Urban Studies and Public Affairs

Hannah Lebovits is a PhD student at Levin, whose research interests include various aspects of local, metropolitan, and state-level governance, particularly as they relate to creating and sustaining socially equitable systems and intersubjective experiences. In addition to public finance and budgeting, her teaching interests include city management, metropolitan governance, research methods, and urban theory. She also has an interest in teaching courses that utilize engaged service-learning techniques to allow students to learn from real-world environments. Her publication, Service-Learning as a Tool to Cultivate Democratic-Minded Students: A Conceptual Framework is scheduled for release later this year. She is also currently working on her dissertation, tentatively titled The Production of Social Equity Across Local Geographies. You can learn more about Hannah and other Levin PhD candidates on our “Meet the Doctoral Candidates” page.
Internship Success Story: Malena Hyde
 
“The skills and insights I obtained from my internship were truly insurmountable. I learned about strengthening community relations, grant seeking, the importance of meeting deadlines, and techniques for working with diverse groups of people.”
 
New Urban Studies graduate Malena Hyde (BA, ’19) recently completed a community outreach internship at St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, where she completed ten grant applications for their youth development program, coordinated countless cooking and baking programs in their teen kitchen, and planned their teen voter registration job track program.

Her internship experience connected her with further employment opportunities, as Malena has accepted a summer position with St. Clair Superior, where she will coordinate their youth job program. According to Youth Development Manager Philip Hewitt, “she’s attentive to details, thorough, and very intelligent. Additionally, she has a wonderful attitude when working with younger people.” Malena was also one of the 2019 recipients of the Levin College’s “Outstanding Intern” award.  >>Read More
Levin Student Ama Tyehimba Selected for Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship

This summer, Levin student Amakhutmaati “Ama” Tyehimba (BA in Urban and Regional Studies) was accepted into the Cleveland Foundation's summer internship program. The program provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates with an opportunity to work within Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations. Ama will be working with Manufacturing Works, a local nonprofit that aims to strengthen manufacturing and fuel economic growth in Greater Cleveland. Beyond an 11-week paid internship experience, Cleveland Foundation interns also participate in and coordinate bi-weekly seminars that highlight the work of local nonprofit and public sector organizations, their roles within the community, and opportunities for professional development.
Levin Connects Students and Graduates to Careers with Meaning

At Levin, we connect our students and graduates not just with jobs, but careers with meaning. Our new Career Portal on the Levin College website provides a variety of resources for Levin students, alumni, and Greater Cleveland area employers.

Career preparation is woven into the fabric of Levin. We provide a variety of career development services including internships, mentoring, graduate assistantships, student employment, and experiential learning opportunities that connect our students and graduates with career opportunities at every turn.

Career exploration and planning is a defining element of every student’s Levin experience. We form strong connections with employers and alumni across the public policy sphere, and we provide resources that give students a competitive advantage after graduation.

Job postings, career opportunities, and job search resources are all available on the new Career Portal, among other support services.  >>View the Career Portal
Levin Podcast Series
Episode 2 of The Levin Podcast Series Shares How Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Connects Students to Community and Careers
In the latest episode of The Levin Podcast Series, Robert Ziol, Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, explains how his center is linking Levin students to the community and to careers, and shaping the future leaders of Cleveland.
Levin in the News
The Center for Economic Development received substantial media coverage regarding their recent partnership with the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, establishing a recovery coordination team to help the region focus on economic resiliency efforts. The Center was featured in the Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown Business Journal, WFMJ, and WYTV.
The Center for Economic Development’s study on the benefits of public transit was referenced in a recent article by the Pittsburgh City Paper. 
Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Associate Professor at the Levin College and Interim Chief Diversity Officer of Cleveland State University, was quoted in a recent article by CNN.
Laura Englehart (MPA/JD ‘13) has been selected as the new Director of Economic Development for the City of Shaker Heights, as highlighted by Crain's Cleveland and Cleveland.com.
Recent Events Recap
Cuyahoga Land Bank: IMPACT!
On June 26, ten years after its launch, the Cuyahoga Land Bank announced its economic impact with public forum at Levin. Over one hundred individuals from the Greater Cleveland community gathered to hear the results. According to a new independent study, the Cuyahoga Land Bank had a total economic impact of over $1.43 billion on the local economy. This includes the renovation of 2,120 homes; demolition of nearly 8,000 blighted and vacant houses; assembly and conveyance of over 450 side-lots to homeowners for yard expansions; and partnerships with over 60 nonprofit, faith-based, and community development corporations to produce affordable housing for veterans, those transitioning from incarceration, single parents, legally resettled refugees, and other special populations. >>Read More
Common Ground: Nurturing Talent for an Inclusive Cleveland
On June 30, Cleveland State University held Common Ground: Nurturing Talent for an Inclusive Cleveland at the Levin College. Common Ground, which is a program of the Cleveland Foundation, is a day where community members, neighbors, families, and organizers across the region host conversations about the future of the Greater Cleveland region. CSU’s Common Ground conversation began with the question: How can we as a community create success networks that prepare Clevelanders for workforce opportunities and upward mobility? Over 60 community members and leaders came together to discuss themes including but not limited to Present and Future Workforce Needs for Northeast Ohio; Building People and Places for an Inclusive Economy; The Role of Partnerships and Collective Action in Workforce Development;  “Learn and Earn” Opportunities for Workforce Preparation; Creating a Postsecondary Education Student Success Pipeline; and Fostering Student Success and Inclusive Excellence.  >>Read More
Upcoming Levin Programs Spotlight
Introduction to ArcGIS 3-Day Workshop to be offered this August
The Levin College is offering an Introduction to ArcGIS workshop, taught by Dr. Mark Salling, GISP, Senior Fellow and Research Associate at Levin. The workshop will be held Tuesday, August 20 through Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm each day at the Levin College in UR40. The workshop introduces participants to ArcGIS and its component applications. Workshop materials, including a workbook, are provided. Upon successful completion of the workshop, certificates are awarded. No experience with desktop mapping or GIS technology is required, but registrants should know how to use Windows-based software. CSU student and alumni discounts are available. CSU Faculty/Staff development funds are welcome. Visit the Levin Professional Development page for information about this and other workshops. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Bliss at s.bliss@csuohio.edu.  >>Learn More and Register
LeanOhio Boot Camp 4-Day Training Program Available this November
LeanOhio Boot Camp: Transforming the Public Sector is an intensive 4-day training program focused on making government processes simpler, faster, and cost-efficient. The next series will be offered on November 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2019. “Lean” refers to a collection of principles and methods focused on identifying and eliminating "waste." Utilizing Lean, a public sector entity can eliminate or drastically reduce backlogs; reduce time to meet customer needs by more than 50%; decrease the complexity of processes; allocate more staff to "mission critical work;” and improve staff morale. LeanOhio Boot Camp is open to the public. Counties, municipalities, and government agencies seeking to streamline public-sector processes are encouraged to consider this opportunity. Visit the Levin Professional Development page for information about this and other workshops. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Ziol at r.ziol@csuohio.edu or (216) 687-3509.  >>Learn More and Register
Upcoming Levin College Programs & Events
Introduction to ArcGIS 3-Day Workshop
Tuesday, August 20 through Thursday, August 22, 2019
UR40 | 1:00 - 4:30 pm | Registration Required.
>>Learn More and Register
LeanOhio Boot Camp 4-Day Training Program 
November 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2019
Registration Deadine: November 8, 2019.
>>Learn More and Register
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