Public Policy Forums


Shaker Heights Public Policy Series Forums
On Important Issues For Shaker Heights


City-Schools-Library Officials 2016 Forum
Building Shaker’s Future: Q & A, Comments, and Dialogue

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Documents that might be of interest regarding this forum:

Shaker Heights Public Library Facility Options Study  click here
Shaker Heights Schools Master Planning Webpage  click here
Recommendations of the Mayor’s Financial Task Force  click here


The Van Aken Project in Shaker Heights

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Earl M. Leiken, Mayor, City of Shaker Heights
Luke Palmisano, President, RMS Investment Corp.
Robert “Roby” Simons, Professor of Urban Studies, Maxine Goodman Levin College-CSU

Moderator:  Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer Art, Architecture, Urban Design, City Planning Reporter

The Van Aken Development District in Shaker Heights is a private development that aims to replace an outdated strip-shopping center and parking lot with a dense, pedestrian-friendly town center. The project will include apartments, retail, restaurants and public spaces, supported by structured parking and mass transit. The city hopes the new district will add to the overall vibrancy of Shaker Heights – and to tax base. So where does the project stand now, and is success likely?

Internet Bandwidth in Shaker Heights

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Angela Siefer, Director of the National Inclusion Alliance
Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Morris Wheeler, Founder and Principal, Drummond Road Capital
Patrick Holland, Management Team at RET 3 Job Corp and Hessler Road Neighborhood Association and Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

Moderator: Lev Gonick, Chief Executive, One Community

Regionalism and Shaker Heights

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Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
Edward Kraus, Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Coordination
Earl M. Leiken, Mayor, City of Shaker Heights
Hunter Morrison, Director, NE Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

Moderator: Judy Rawson, Former Mayor, City of Shaker Heights

For those who couldn’t make it, here is the 2016 speech Mayor Earl Leiken gave to the Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. Click here