News of the Week is a weekly publication designed to share news about opportunities, events, programs and activities, grants, publications, and other interesting news of interest about Levin College of Urban Affairs faculty, staff, students and alumni. 

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As shared by Andrew Thomas, Executive-In-Residence at the Levin Energy Policy Center: A comprehensive study shows just how mind-blowing the economic investment in Ohio has been from the Utica Shale. To read the report, click here

Congratulations to Professor Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Assoc Professor & MUPD Director and Historic Preservation Certificate Coordinator, who recently received notice that she received the 2017 Arnold W. Brunner Grant from the Center for Architecture Foundation in New York City. The grant is supporting her book project, "Restoring the Rustbelt: Historic Preservation and Urban Decline in Cleveland, 1970-1985." This is a highly selective competition. The purpose of the program is to advance study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The Brunner Grant is a prestigious award given to mid-career professionals. 

"Contemporary historic preservation, in Cleveland and across the county, emerged a major movement in the 1960s, often as a backlash to urban renewal plans that prioritized demolition without any focus on what was lost in the process," Ryberg-Webster says. "Unfortunately, many of those same battles continue today and there has been little research on the history of historic preservation policies. We can learn from the rise of preservation in Cleveland, which occurred during an era of extreme urban crisis, to inform modern planning and urban development decision-making."  Professor Ryberg-Webster and other recipients are shown here

Professor Ryberg-Webster was also quoted in a recent article about the renaissance of the city of Elyria. According to the article, Elyria is following the playbook of how to create a successful downtown. "Downtowns are functionally, or at least symbolically, the nucleus of a city, they give it identity and character," she said. "Cities must first determine what caused the decline to begin with. Then they must work with entrepreneurs, businesses and others to find the kind of niche businesses that would work. I say niche because most downtowns have small shops available. 


Cleveland Neighborhood Progress recently released "This is Where I Live: Cleveland People and Their Neighborhoods." Levin alum and lecturer Justin Glanville wrote the numerous stories of Cleveland People, including that of former Cleveland State University Vice President of University Engagement Byron White, who lived in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.


Levin alum Khrys Shefton (MUPD) is quoted in a recent Plain Dealer article "Glenville building will be artist enclave." To read the article, click here


Join friends, colleagues, students, and alums for hors d'oeuvers and beverages in celebration of the 90th birthday of Dr. Norman Krumholz. Please RSVP to Barb Benevento at No gifts please! For more information, click here


Attention Levin College Faculty, Staff, and Students: Levin College maintains a site license for Qualtrics Online Survey Software*. The software is easy to use and provides basic reporting (tables, charts, etc.) on survey results. Please contact Sharon Bliss by email at if you would like to create an online survey. She can set up access so you can build your survey. Note: Only current faculty, staff, and students can use Qualtrics under the College account.


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