Cleveland State University
A Message from the President

Dear CSU Students:

This is a special invitation to invite you to a panel discussion focused on capacity building and economic resiliency at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs here at CSU on Thursday, October 18th. The panel features U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Acting Assistant Secretary of Policy, Development and Research, Erika Poethig who will discuss her efforts in the White House Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative, a national initiative focused on assisting cities facing long-term economic challenges.

As part of her discussion, Erika will describe the SC2 fellowship program — a program that CSU is a partner of — which has deployed 17 fellows across seven U.S. cities. The fellowship program is a two-year leadership program that provides local governments with highly-skilled professionals to help them manage and implement strategic projects. These fellows also will be present at the panel discussion, so you will have the opportunity to meet them.

Given the changes to our nation's economy, it is critical for federal, state and local governments to work collaboratively with philanthropy, non profits and businesses to help keep our cities economically resilient. Please join us for this important discussion.

President Ronald M. Berkman

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 1:30 – 3pm
Location: Cleveland State University, Levin College Atrium, 1717 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio

Title: Putting Policy into Practice: An Innovative Roadmap to Achieving Economic Resiliency

As economic conditions fluctuate at the national and local level, it is critical that cities have the necessary capacity-building tools to help them maintain and achieve economic resiliency. Federal and local governments, as well as community partners are exploring innovative and practical solutions for improving capacity support on-the-ground. This panel discussion examines the federal, local and philanthropic role in building local capacity, and how community assets — such as universities and foundations — can provide the foundation for a city to achieve economic resiliency.

Erika Poethig, Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a featured panelist for the event.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 15th to Include your name, title, organization and email.

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