Moderated by Joel Kotkin
J.D. Vance followed by panel and conversation
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Global Center for Health Innovation
1 St. Clair Ave. NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
Join us for an evening of conversation on the economic opportunities and challenges facing America’s heartland. J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will deliver a keynote address. Michael Lind, co-founder and Senior Fellow at New America, will share the prospects for an industrial comeback from The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing Middle America study published by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. A panel conversation will follow.
This conversation will be moderated by Joel Kotkin, Executive Director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, and co-author of The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing Middle America.
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Doors Open – 4 p.m.
Program – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Reception – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Michael Hecht, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
India Pierce Lee, Chair, Visiting Committee, CSU Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Rick Platt, President and CEO, Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority
Aaron M. Renn, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Pete Saunders, Urban Affairs Contributor, Forbes
Event Registration & Information: City Club of Cleveland
A National Think Tank Based in Houston
The Center for Opportunity Urbanism is a stand-alone think tank, based in Houston. Headquartering this effort in Houston reflects the region’s emergence as arguably the primary exemplar of this new urban model. But this is not a Houston-centric think tank; its view and reach is national. It is directed both by its board and its executive director, who will remain based in Southern California, with input from fellows and a board of advisors. The Center is run primarily by Joel Kotkin, with assistance of a part-time office manager and later additions in public/media relations, fund raising, and lobbying. Our team consists of several noted experts in the field of urban growth, including our first fellows, Wendell Cox, Tory Gattis and Anne Snyder.