The Atlantic's
The Renewal Series: Cleveland

September 13, 2016
Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland's been in the spotlight this year. The city’s favorite son—LeBron James—brought home the NBA trophy, ending a 52-year championship drought, and the city was home to Republican National Convention. The outsized political attention also came with a focus on some grim statistics. With a poverty rate of 39 percent, Cleveland is one of the poorest big cities in the country. Struck by the loss of manufacturing jobs, the rust belt city has been trying to reinvent itself by replacing lost blue collar jobs with white collar ones.

Can Cleveland strengthen its communities and build a new sustainable future? What is the path forward in the post industrial economy and how can the city work toward creating greater economic opportunity and jobs, particularly for its large African American population?

The Atlantic spoke with a diverse group of residents, city officials, nonprofit leaders, civic innovators and change makers to examine how Cleveland is tackling its challenges and creating economic opportunity for all who call it home.

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  • Tuesday, September 13
  • 6:40 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
    Bill Vainisi, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Government & Industry Relations, Allstate Insurance Company
    Stacy Drumtra, Director, CEO Strategic Communications, Allstate Insurance Company
  • 6:45 p.m.InterviewMayor Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland
    Toby Cosgrove, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 7:10 p.m.Panel DiscussionMichele Campbell, Executive Director, LeBron James Family Foundation
    Jonathon Sawyer, Cleveland Chef and Investor, Cleveland Hustles
    Sylvia Pérez, Vice President for Corporate Governance and Governmental and International Affairs, Cleveland Foundation
    Rhonda Williams, Director, Social Justice Institute, Case Western Reserve University
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 7:35 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE


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