Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods


Themed “Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods,” this convening will bring together the growing movement of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers dedicated to stabilizing “on the edge” neighborhoods around the country. Participants will share insights and learn about recent research efforts. The meeting will also provide practical information about how to mobilize support to better serve these communities.

A Call for Session Proposals was issued to help shape the agenda for the working group and has now closed. The aim was to learn what plenary discussion and breakout topics would be most interesting and beneficial to practitioners.

To learn more and view the agenda, click here.

The meeting builds from several years of activities organized to:

  • Help practitioners, policymakers, and advocates active in the fields of city governance, city planning and community development understand that improving neighborhoods is a distinct area of practice, research, and investment.
  • Build public awareness and understanding, including bipartisan support, around the important role middle neighborhoods play in stabilizing communities and the urban economy.
  • Create long-term initiatives and partnerships to advance the field of middle neighborhood improvement.

To view the summary report from the first meeting in Baltimore (Nov 2017), click here.

The American Assembly has partnered with The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, to organize this working group meeting. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Neighborworks America, and National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations are supporting partners. The George Gund Foundation has provided sponsorship.

Attendance is by invitation only; pre-registration is required for all working group participants.

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to attend the working group meeting, contact Stephanie Sung at

To join the middle neighborhoods mailing list, email Mark Leneker at

November 13th – 14th, 2018

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
1455 E 6th St
Cleveland, OH 44114

This event is by invitation only