News of the Week is a weekly publication designed to share news about learning opportunities, events, programs, grants, publications, and interesting activities of Levin College of Urban Affairs faculty, staff, students and alumni. For job opportunities, click here to go to the Levin College Job Portal. To submit information for inclusion in News of the Week, please forward to Editor Kim St. John-Stevenson at

The Plain Dealer recently profiled the class project of three Cleveland State University students -- law/MPA student Calla Bonnano, law student Vanessa Hemminger, and Levin College MPA student Marissa Pappas (middle above, along with Levin Professor Joe Mead and fellow student Vanessa Hemminger) -- who learned about local government policymaking by changing a law they believed to be unjust.  The students put theory to practice and persuaded the City of Euclid to change a law that put victims of domestic violence at risk for eviction.  Read the full article here


Crain's Cleveland Business reported this week that veteran public servant (and Levin grad) William Denihan has announced his intent to retire later this year. Over a 40-year career in public service, Denihan, 79, has served as director of highway safety for the State of Ohio, as public service director and public services director for the City of Cleveland, and currently as CEO of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. Denihan, who was recently honored as a Levin College Alumni of Distinction, enrolled at CSU in 1971 but was unable to complete his degree. He re-enrolled in 1997 and a year later earned a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Levin College of Urban Affairs.

In other news, Denihan was featured in a Channel 5 news story about how including heroin overdose language in obituaries helps reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and/or addiction and may help prevent the tragedy from happening to another family. To read more and see the news story, click here.


Levin Professor Robert (Roby) Simons has co-authored a new book - "Retired, Rehabbed, Reborn: The Adaptive Reuse of America's Derelict Religious Buildings and Schools."

Each year in the United States, hundreds of religious buildings and schools become vacant or underutilized as congregations and populations merge, move or diminish. These structures are often well located, attractive, eligible for tax credits, and available for redevelopment. In a practical and innovative handbook, authors Simons, Gary DeWine, and Larry Ledebur have compiled a step-by-step guide - Retired, Rehabbed, Reborn: The Adaptive Reuse of Americas' Derelict Religious Buildings and Schools - for finding sustainable new uses for vacant structures. The reuse of these buildings offers those charged with revitalizing them an opportunity to capture their embodied energy, preserve local beloved landmarks, and boost sustainability. Rehabbing also allows developers to recoup some value from these assets, while neighbors and other stakeholders enjoy benefits as the historic structures are retained and the urban fabric of communities is preserved. Retired, Rehabbed, Reborn features 10 in-depth case studies of adaptive reuse outcomes for religious buildings and public schools that have achieved varying degrees of success. Several case vignettes appear within various chapters to illustrate specific points. The book is a useful tool for architects, planners, developers, and others interested in reusing these important structures.


The Center for Economic Development has released two new reports on entrepreneurial ecosystems. Examining entrepreneurial ecosystem measurement is an interesting and important research activity for several reasons. First, there is a significant amount of taxpayer investment in play through public financing of small businesses and early stage companies. Second, practitioners and funders are currently seeking ways to expand entrepreneurial activity in order to increase regional prosperity. The goal of this research study is to quantitatively and qualitatively explore the indicators of entrepreneurial ecosystems. This study, with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, focuses on two major questions: 1) what are the indicators of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and which of these best reflect the ecosystem's vibrancy? And 2) what indicators of entrepreneurial ecosystems are most valuable for entrepreneurs? 

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Measuring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Caroline Taich, Merissa Piazza, Kara Carter, and Alexa Wilcox.

The second report, by program manager Merissa Piazza, can be accessed here: Practitioner Guidebook: Measuring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


In September, Levin Professor Norman Krumholz presented "Cleveland Neighborhoods in Black and White" as part of the Kent State University/Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative fall series. A legendary equity planner, Professor Krumholz is a former city of Cleveland Planning Director and author of Making Equity Planning Work.


J.L. Tighe (Rosie) Ph.D ((above) was recently invited to speak at the University of Toledo's Brown Bag Series. Her talk, "Do Shrinking Cities Allow Redevelopment without Displacement: An Analysis of Affordability Based on Housing and Transportation Costs for Redeveloping, Declining, and Stable Neighborhoods" was based on a paper by the same name by Tighe and Levin colleague Joanna Ganning. That paper was recently published in Housing Policy Debate - link here and highlighted below.

In the report "Transportation Advantages can Allow Redevelopment without Gentrification in Shrinking Cities," redevelopment can occur without causing gentrification in shrinking cities, notes Levin Professors J. Rosie Tighe and Joanna Ganning in Housing Policy Debate. Focusing on cities that lost at least 17 percent of their population, the authors examined 81 shrinking cities and compared affordability challenges in redeveloping, declining, and stable neighborhoods based on the housing-only approach and the housing-plus-transportation approach. The housing-only approach considers a neighborhood affordable if households pay 30 percent or less of their income on housing costs, but the housing-plus-transportation approach classifies a neighborhood as affordable if households pay 45 percent of their income or less on housing and transportation costs combined. Using a newly developed Redevelopment Index, which incorporates population change (2000-10) and employment change (2002-10) that occurred in neighborhoods within the sample of cities, the authors find that advantages in transportation can improve the affordability of certain neighborhoods when using the housing-plus-transportation approach. This allows the authors to consider housing and transportation policy responses to these findings. To learn more, click here


Professor Joe Mead (middle above) was part of a panel at a recent City Club of Cleveland event focused on President Trump's recent Executive Order on immigration.  To view the program or listen to audio only, click here

In the February 2017 issue of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress' E-News, Levin grad Don Pattison is spotlighted in the Staff Spotlight section. Don works in a dual role as a Business Development and Loan officer for Village Capital Corp. (VCC), the lending subsidiary of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Don is a resident of Lakewood and previously resided in the City of Cleveland in the Little Italy neighborhood. Don earned an MS in Urban Studies from Levin College.


Levin College's Jeffrey Bowen addressed the CSU Psychology Department's "Diversity Management Specialization master's class February 10 discussing his "Experiences With and Resulting Philosophy About The Application & Practice of Leadership in Diverse Workplaces." To learn more, click  here

Join us for the next Levin College Brown Bag Lunch Discussion! 

Wednesday, March 8, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
"A New Era for Cities?" featuring Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone (Ward 15) and President of the National League of Cities and Levin College Dean Roland Anglin

Join us for a discussion about what cities might expect from Congress and the new administration. While much is unclear, including future funding levels, cities and other local institutions are likely to find themselves at the forefront on issues such as public safety, housing, economic development, health and civil rights. Councilman Zone (Levin grad) will share his perspectives as the new President of the National League of Cities (NLC).  He will talk about the work that NLC is doing and a new NLC Task Force that he initiated to look at issues related to economic mobility and opportunity. Lunch will be provided, so PLEASE RSVP to

Mark your calendar for March 31 from 5:00 p.m. to - 7:00 p.m.: A TEDx Salon, hosted by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is coming! TEDx Salon events are smaller events that keep the TEDx community engaged between regular TEDxClevelandStateUniversity events, offering a unique, more intimate type of gathering with an emphasis on discussion and idea sharing.

TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Presents The Resurgent City: 
Metropolitan centers throughout the United States are experiencing a revival with people, businesses and community institutions moving to and investing in downtown cities in a manner not seen in decades. The positive impact of this revival has been significant for economic and community development but more work needs to be done to ensure that all citizens of America's cities have equal access to quality health care, education and job opportunities. 

  • Roland Anglin, Dean of Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
  • Ronnie Dunn, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University
  • Lee Fisher, Interim Dean and Visiting Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • Danette Howard, Vice President, Lumina Foundation
  • Ted Howard, President, Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland
  • Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland State University

Throughout the United States, Emergency Service personnel are being faced with several critical challenges with the number one concern being safety. On March 14, Cleveland State University's Center for Emergency Preparedness (CSU/CEP) is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Forum for Fire Departments, Emergency Management Agencies, Law Enforcement, and all emergency service personnel. The forum will feature two nationally recognized speakers on "The American Fire Culture" and "Firefighter & Fire Officer Fireground Survival Program." Questions? Please call 216-875-9860 or email Bernard Becker, Director of Levin College's Center for Emergency Preparedness, at To see the event flier, click document below. 

Join Dr. Young and Bruce Seaman, research colleagues, along with local nonprofit leaders as they explore themes from the forthcoming second edition of the Handbook of Research on Nonprofit Economics and Management, which features the works of nearly 50 international nonprofit scholars. Nonprofit organizations are a growing, dynamic and critical part of modern market economies in democratic countries. The Handbook explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of economics and the management of these organizations, including the role, structure and behavior of private, nonprofit organizations as economic units and their participation in markets and systems of public service delivery, strategies for efficient management, implications of public policies affecting nonprofits, and cutting edge questions for future research. Panelists will discuss income and asset management, market participation, and the public policy environment of the contemporary nonprofit sector. Join nonprofit economics scholars 

The conference is free to attend although a $10 parking fee is due at the time of registration. Light meals and refreshments will be provided. Updates and additional information will be made available via the conference's website. 
 Click here to register. Registration will close on March 10, 2017. 

The conference is hosted by the Levin College in partnership with Business Volunteers Unlimited, the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, and Edward Elgar Publishing, and supported with the generosity of local sponsors.

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