Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Levin College Forum

The Levin College Forum is a focal point and catalyst for thoughtful public debate, innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing the critical urban issues that impact Northeast Ohio, the state, and the nation. All Forum programs are open to the community and Cleveland State University students, faculty, and staff. The work of the forum is based on the premise that an informed and engaged citizenry is a valuable asset for the region's future growth and prosperity. In 2005, the Forum was recognized by Northern Ohio Live as "a springboard for economic and social progress throughout the region" and in 2003 received the national CivicMind award for its Millennium Program, which worked with area high school students to introduce them to careers in public service.

The Urban Center

For nearly 30 years, CSU's Urban Center has served as the focal point of research and public service in Ohio. The Urban Center draws on the talented pool of scholars at CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs, long considered a leader in City Management and Urban Policy. It is the largest resource in the state dedicated to urban policy research.

The mission at the heart of CSU’s Urban Center is developing innovative, quantifiable solutions to challenges communities face today. Students have opportunities to work with faculty and staff in The Urban Center and related initiatives of the Levin College. These include major programs in community and economic development, public management and finance, leadership and organizational development, and data and information services.

Research Areas

Community Planning and Development

The Center for Community Planning and Development’s mission is to strengthen the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance, and civic education and engagement. The Center works in partnership with public, private and non-profit organizations, local governments, and development and planning professionals.

Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development conducts research and offers technical assistance on urban and regional economic issues of interest to local, state, and national policymakers. Primary focus areas include regional economic analysis, regional indicators, economic impact analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing competitiveness, and the role of urban universities in regional development.

Public Management and Finance

The Center for Public Management provides technical assistance to State of Ohio departments, local governments, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations in such areas as strategic planning and fiscal analysis. It houses the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center, one of ten university centers established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to help create sustainable environmental systems in the public and private sectors. The Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice was founded in 2001 to support and foster the health of the nonprofit sector in our region through training and technical assistance that support the role of nonprofits in civil society; scholarly and applied research; and undergraduate and graduate education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

Demographic and Geographic Data and Analysis --NODIS

The Northern Ohio Data Information Service (NODIS) is a U.S. Census Bureau affiliate and provides census and other data resources to the public. It also provides mapping and GIS services, data, and training. Services include standard and customized community profiles, demographic analysis, census tract look-up guides, demographic and environmental mapping, geocoding, and database and website development. GIS training includes ESRI certified instruction as well as MapInfo workshops and customized training. It is one of the Census Bureau's three regional data centers in the state of Ohio.

Professional and Leadership Development

Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development’s purpose is to create learning programs that fulfill the lifelong learning needs of both practicing and aspiring public leaders by developing their personal skills and organizational capacity for leadership. The center integrates theory, applied research, and models in order to advance the public leadership programming of the Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service

The Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service was founded to promote the advancement of careers of women in public service within the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government at the national, state, and local levels. Key functions of the center are to produce research on the state of women's careers in public service, identify particular barriers to the movement of women into positions of authority and leadership, and devise strategies to address these barriers.

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