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Bridging the digital divide

Joshua Edmonds, CEO, DigitalC

Joshua discussed the organization’s journey from a nonprofit to a social enterprise and their commitment to bridging Cleveland’s digital divide by providing affordable and reliable home internet. He outlined the company’s plans to deploy a state-of-the-art network in less than 18 months, offering internet access for $18 a month and accelerating the deployment timeline. Joshua also discussed community engagement strategies and potential expansion of their service to surrounding suburbs. He highlighted the significant funding of $50 million received from the city, state, and foundations to bridge the digital divide in Cleveland, with a focus on signing up 23,500 households within 18 months and the ongoing need for fundraising to support subsidies and tech support.

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Recorded 01/17/2024

Public space revolution

Steven Litt, Art & Architecture Critic, Advance Ohio

Steven provided a detailed analysis of Cleveland’s urban development, emphasizing the significance of public spaces and the city’s investment in transforming its physical communities. He discussed major public space projects, such as the stabilization of Irish Town Bend and the development of urban parks, highlighting the city’s efforts to create attractive and functional environments for residents. He also talked about the impact of waterfront development on the new stadium project proposal, the need for cities to prioritize pedestrian-friendly environments over car-centric infrastructure, and the significance of addressing racial segregation and the legacy of redlining and racism as a transformative opportunity for urban development in Cleveland.

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Recorded 01/10/2024

All for one. One for all.

Nic Barlage, CEO, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse & Rock Entertainment Group

Nic discussed the growth of the Cavs, Monsters, and Cleveland Charge over the past few years, and touched on the move of the practice facility to the riverfront and the forthcoming development of the adjacent riverfront land. He also discussed the organization’s community engagement priorities and their community collaborations with the Guardians and the Browns, as well as the growth and importance of esports.

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Recorded 12/20/2023

Improving food security through collaboration

Tiffany Scruggs, VP of Community Access & Executive Director of Community Resource Center, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Tiffany shared the Food Bank’s three-phase expansion plan, their FY23 impact, and the need for and vision of the new Community Resource Center. She touched on who is eligible for helpf from the Food Bank and the challenges that lead to food insecurity and the need for their services. She covered what the Community Resource Center is, the services they offer, the early impact of the Center, and how they will evaluate their work going forward.

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Recorded 12/13/2023

Cracking the longevity code

Dr. Michael Roizen, Physician, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Roizen touched on the role genes play in longevity and how we can each control which genes get turned on through small but consistent daily habits. He discussed life expectancies now and expectations for the future, as well as current areas of research that will potentially extend life expectancies in the coming years. He also shared a handful of tips for decreasing the incidence of dementia and extending longevity.

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Recorded 12/06/2023

Dominion: Weekley weighs in

Dan Weekley, President, Dominion Energy Ohio

Dan discussed Dominion’s top three priorities of safety, clean energy, and focusing on the customer. He discussed the rate increase filing, the sale of the East Ohio Gas Company, and Dominion’s current workforce situation and the recruitment strategies they have implemented. He shared their green energy approach, their focus on safety, and his advice for other leaders navigating changes and challenges.

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Recorded 11/29/2023