Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods

Working Group Meeting Schedule Outline

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“Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods” is an INVITE-ONLY working group meeting. The schedule outline below is designed to strengthen the growing movement of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers dedicated to stabilizing neighborhoods “on the edge” between growth and decline.

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

The agenda features new research as well as new tactics to mobilize support nationally. Designed to accommodate a robust response to an open call for session proposals, the agenda also prioritizes peer sharing and training opportunities as well as spontaneous self-organized workshops on topics of mutual interest. Working group participants must be pre-registered for all sessions. A major focus of the meeting is on identifying pathways to broaden and deepen the middle neighborhoods movement. Also important is demonstrating how middle neighborhoods stabilization can reinforce inclusive development and racial equity, in Cleveland and nationally.

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

If you have received an invitation and have questions about registration, email Mark Leneker at

Below is an outline of events for which all working group participants must be pre-registered.

Click here to view a detailed schedule PDF, which includes full descriptions of plenary and breakout sessions, as well as goals and anticipated outcomes for the meeting.

Day 1: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2:00 – 4:30pm        Tour of Cleveland’s middle neighborhoods

5:30 – 7:00pm        Welcoming Remarks and Panel Discussion at Merwin’s Wharf (1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113)

7:00 – 8:30pm        Cocktail Reception at Merwin’s Wharf

Day 2: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland – BY INVITATION ONLY*

8:00 – 8:30am          Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00am        Opening Plenary: Mobilizing an Inclusive Middle Neighborhoods Movement

10:00 – 11:00am      Breakout Sessions: Round I

11:00 – 11:15am       Break

11:15am – 12:00pm    Presentation and Discussion of New Research

12:00 – 1:00pm      Lunch: Open Mic

1:00 – 1:15pm        Break

1:15 – 2:15pm        Breakout Sessions: Round II

2:15 – 3:15pm        Breakout Sessions: Round III

3:15 – 3:30pm        Break

3:30 – 5:00pm        Concluding Plenary: Goals and Next Steps

5:00pm                   Adjourn

5:00 – 7:00            Social Hour // Networking Event (Offsite)