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Friday, October 17, 2008
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Living Cities: Responding to Forbes' dying cities article

An Aug. 5, 2008 report by Forbes.com that named four Ohio cities - Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown - to its list of top-10 fastest-dying cities has generated much discussion, especially in northeast Ohio's three communities that made the unfavorable list. Western Reserve PBS (a service of Western Reserve Public Media) will give local and regional community leaders an opportunity to respond to the Forbes rankings in a one-hour broadcast, The Living Cities, to air on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.The program will present field segments on each of northeast Ohio's so-called "dying cities," featuring interviews with city officials and business leaders; a review of the statistics used by Forbes to make its assessments; and a broader view of what is happening in the three cities. It also will discuss the cities' economic development plans and neighborhood revitalization projects, plus the growing focus on regionalism.These segments will be used as a springboard for a live, studio-based conversation during which viewers will be invited to participate through live call-in, e-mail, Twitter and other instant response technology.Community leaders interviewed for the program, which is a joint production of Western Reserve Public Media in cooperation with Municipal Leader magazine, include the following:

  • David Abbott, chairman, Fund for Our Economic Future
  • Canton Mayor William Healy II
  • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
  • Warren Mayor Michael O'Brien
  • Robert Torres, director, City of Canton Department of Development
  • Chris Warren, chief of regional development, City of Cleveland
  • Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams
The live panel discussion will be moderated by Eric Mansfield, host of Western Reserve PBS's NewsNight Akron and Akron/Canton reporter for WKYC-TV3. Participating on the panel will be these civic leaders:
  • Pepper Pike Mayor Bruce Akers, who also is an advisory committee member of the Regional Economic Revenue Study (RERS)
  • Leah Anglin-Walsh, Akron regional economic development director, Ohio Department of Development
  • Ann Womer Benjamin, executive director, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education
  • Robert Torres, director, City of Canton Department of Development
  • Thomas Waltermire, chief executive officer, Team NEO
  • T. Sharon Woodberry, director, City of Youngstown Economic Development
  • Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 17, who is also president of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association
An Aug. 5, 2008 report by Forbes.com that named four Ohio cities - Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown - to its list of top-10 fastest-dying cities has generated much discussion, especially in northeast Ohio's three communities that made the unfavorable list. Western Reserve PBS (a service of Western Reserve Public Media) will give local and regional community leaders an opportunity to respond to the Forbes rankings in a one-hour broadcast, The Living Cities, to air on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.The program will present field segments on each of northeast Ohio's so-called "dying cities," featuring interviews with city officials and business leaders; a review of the statistics used by Forbes to make its assessments; and a broader view of what is happening in the three cities. It also will discuss the cities' economic development plans and neighborhood revitalization projects, plus the growing focus on regionalism.These segments will be used as a springboard for a live, studio-based conversation during which viewers will be invited to participate through live call-in, e-mail, Twitter and other instant response technology.Community leaders interviewed for the program, which is a joint production of Western Reserve Public Media in cooperation with Municipal Leader magazine, include the following:
  • David Abbott, chairman, Fund for Our Economic Future
  • Canton Mayor William Healy II
  • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
  • Warren Mayor Michael O'Brien
  • Robert Torres, director, City of Canton Department of Development
  • Chris Warren, chief of regional development, City of Cleveland
  • Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams
The live panel discussion will be moderated by Eric Mansfield, host of Western Reserve PBS's NewsNight Akron and Akron/Canton reporter for WKYC-TV3. Participating on the panel will be these civic leaders:
  • Pepper Pike Mayor Bruce Akers, who also is an advisory committee member of the Regional Economic Revenue Study (RERS)
  • Leah Anglin-Walsh, Akron regional economic development director, Ohio Department of Development
  • Ann Womer Benjamin, executive director, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education
  • Robert Torres, director, City of Canton Department of Development
  • Thomas Waltermire, chief executive officer, Team NEO
  • T. Sharon Woodberry, director, City of Youngstown Economic Development
  • Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 17, who is also president of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association

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