September 14, 2016

Hope and enthusiasm abound, but there’s a lot of work still to do in Cleveland

The Renewal Series continues in northeast Ohio where civic, business, and academic leaders examine the future of 'Believeland'

CLEVELAND—Cleveland is coming off one heck of a summer, starting with the Cavaliers’ remarkable championship run for the NBA title, and ending with a surprisingly unremarkable Republican National Convention.

Recent successes aside, city leaders are still committed to building the Cleveland of the future, one with strong economic growth and opportunity for everyone.

Enter Mayor Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Clinic president and CEO Toby Cosgrove, who joined The Atlantic senior editor Ron Brownstein in Cleveland in front of an audience of engaged community members Tuesday for a discussion on how civic and business leaders can contribute to this growth and create opportunities. The event was underwritten by Allstate and presented by Atlantic Live.

Brownstein opened up the discussion to a panel of community members who are each contributing to Cleveland’s development: Michele Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation; Sylvia Pérez, vice president for corporate governance and governmental and international affairs for the Cleveland Foundation; Jonathon Sawyer, a Cleveland chef and investor with the reality show “Cleveland Hustles;” and Rhonda Williams, founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University.

Watch both of those discussions in the player above, filmed by Atlantic Live at Mitchell’s Ice Cream in the historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland. And see what people were saying about the event on social media, in the Storify below:

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