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Improving Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness

Michael Weidokal, International Economist and Speaker,

Michael discussed the recent history and current state of Northeast Ohio’s economic growth and what economic competitiveness means. He shared our region’s advantages and challenges and the keys to the future of NEO’s economic future.

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Recorded 06/21/2023

Ensuring equal rights and eliminating racial discrimination

Edwin Hubbard Jr. , Executive Director, NAACP, Cleveland Branch

Edwin shared a brief history of the Cleveland branch of the NAACP, what the organization does, and his vision for the branch. He discussed a few recent and upcoming events, including the branch’s major fundraising event, the Freedom Fund Dinner, as well as engaging youth, the critical work of their volunteers.

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Recorded 06/14/2023

Did you know? Public dollars help people get into jobs

Michelle Rose, Executive Director, Ohio Means Jobs- Cleveland Cuyahoga

Michelle discussed Jobs Ohio’s funding, providers, governance, and the services they provide to job seekers and employers. She shared their three areas of strategic focus, as well as opportunities for collaboration.

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Recorded 06/07/2023

A very short cybersecurity primer for business leaders

Andy Jones, CEO, Fortress Security Risk Management, a division of MCPC

Andy dicussed the biggest cyber security threats, the risk factors, and how to mitigate those risks. He shared the current environment of increasing regulation of organizational cyber security policies and insurance. He shared some of the issues facing the cyber security industry and how businesses can become more “cyber resilient.”

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Recorded 05/31/2023

Helping young people with challenges thrive

Habeebah Rasheed Grimes, Chief Executive Officer, Positive Education Program

Habeebah provided a brief background of Positive Education Program (PEP), their history and what they do. She shared their three priority areas for the next few years to optimize existing programs and services, innovate new programs and services, and establish a flourishing workplace. She also discussed how the pandemic has created new challenges for the people they serve and their organization.

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Recorded 05/24/2023

Clean air, water, and soil: The EPA responds to crises

Mark Durno, Homeland Security Advisor, Region 5, U.S. EPA

Mark shared the EPA’s work across the region, from clean-up efforts of toxic waste on abandoned sites and homeland security responsibilities, to responding to major crises, such as the 2001 Anthrax attacks, the Flint water crisis, and the train derailment in East Palestine. He shared details about the East Palestine situation, including their initial response, current clean-up efforts, what’s on tap for the near future, the anticipated long-term impacts, and their continued community involvement and education efforts.

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Recorded 05/17/2023