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Join New Metropolis Filmmaker Andrea Torrice, citizens, students and policymakers at a forum and round table dialogue in Cleveland, Ohio.

Take part in helping to shape the future of the Cleveland Region.

Regional Prosperity for Northeast Ohio: Growing Together

How can the communities of Northeast Ohio come together to create an environment for sustainable economic prosperity? What are the connections between job growth, economic development, equity and government collaboration? What are the next steps?

For over two years, the Northeast Ohio Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) has been working on advancing solutions to these problems, mainly by focusing on the importance of region-wide land use planning and new growth tax-base sharing. “The interest in developing these solutions has been strong,” Kathy Hexter, Director of the Center for Community Planning at Cleveland State University, says.

“RPI has been working on these issues for a while now, but we feel that we need to take the next steps on our way. Hopefully this forum will get some energy around that” Hexter explains.

The Growing Together forum accompanies the broadcast of The New Metropolis on WVIZ/Ideastream on January 23rd and January 30th. It features a moderated panel with state legislators, policymakers and round table discussions for members of the community. Filmmaker Andrea Torrice will open the forum discussion with clips from her documentary film The New Metropolis.

Sponsored by: The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, together with Ideastream, the Civic Commons, Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium, Torrice Productions, Greater Ohio, the Center for Community Solutions and the Regional Prosperity Initiative.

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This forum is part of The New Metropolis national civic engagement dialogue series on revitalizing America’s older communities. It is made possible through the generous support of the Ford and Surdna Foundations.


  • Mayor Michael Lyons, Richfield, Ohio – Overview of Regional Prosperity Initiative and focus of 2011 priorities
  • Lavea Brachman, Executive Director, Greater Ohio Policy Center & Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program – State policy recommendations, incentives and barriers
  • Gary Norton, Mayor of East Cleveland – An inner-ring suburb’s perspective
  • Steve Hambley, Medina County Commissioner – A developing County’s perspective
  • Jason Segedy, Director of Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)
  • Dan Moulthrop, Civic Commons – Moderator

WVIZ TV Cleveland to host New Metropolis Educator's Workshop

To help educators in schools, universities and community organizations use the Guide, WVIZ will host a FREE workshop on Thursday, February 17th. Participants will receive a hard copy of the Viewer’s Guide and the Educator’s Guide, and can purchase discounted copies of the movie. Filmmaker Andrea Torrice will be present to discuss the movie.

The free Educator's Guide to The New Metropolis was written in collaboration with Cleveland’s public media station WVIZ Television's Educational Services Department.

Seating is limited. Please register at:
Or call Greg Wasil at 216.916-6370.

Download the Educator's Guide as PDF...

Broadcast Schedule

The New Metropolis on WVIZ/Ideastream,
Public Television Channel 25

Cleveland, Ohio

Episode 1: A Crack in the Pavement
Sunday, January 23, 4 pm
Friday, January 28, 10:30 pm

Episode 2: The New Neighbors
Sunday, January 30, 4 pm
Friday, February 4, 10:30 pm

Website Resources

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
The Civic Commons
Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium
Torrice Productions
Greater Ohio

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