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National Downtown Development Experts Discuss the State of Downtown

Event to Provide Insight on Opportunities Ahead and What Other Cities are Doing to Thrive
Wednesday, March 23rd

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) will host its Annual State of Downtown event at noon on Wednesday, March 23 at The City Club of Cleveland. This event will highlight the positive economic forecast for Cleveland and the current economic developments with recent major construction projects, including the much-anticipated Medical Mart, Convention Center and East Flats.

The event’s panel of national downtown experts will discuss what other cities are doing to thrive and bounce back from the effects of a struggling economy. These experts will also provide insight on the opportunities ahead, and how the city can harness the energy from its current developments to reach its potential.

In addition to DCA President and CEO Joe Marinucci, the panel will include downtown development veteran and former chair of the International Downtown Association, David Feehan, and the immediate past President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Michael Edwards. Dan Moulthrop, curator of conversation for Civic Commons, will moderate.

More about the speakers:

David Feehan
For more than 40 years, Feehan has provided leadership and management to successful downtown and business district organizations while creating business attraction and retention programs. He has also given organizational development support to more than 500 nonprofit organizations and developed an award-winning parking system.

Joe Marinucci
Marinucci, president and CEO of DCA, has served in economic development for more 25 years, including most recently as president of DCA’s predecessor, the Downtown Cleveland Partnership. He is also currently the chief advisor to Cleveland City Living (CCL).

Michael Edwards
As past president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Edwards administered the Business Improvement District Downtown, advocating for the business and property owners and marketing downtown as the region’s business and cultural center and the premier location to live, work, shop, dine and visit.

Dan Moulthrop
An award-winning journalist and author, Moulthrop joined Civic Commons after five years at ideastream as host of 90.3 WCPN-FM’s “The Sound of Ideas.” The program was named the best local public affairs program in the nation by the Public Radio News Directors.

To register, visit www.cityclub.org or call 216-621-0082.

$15 City Club Member
$25 Non Member

For more information on Downtown Cleveland Alliance, visit www.downtowncleveland.com.

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