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Throughout the weeks, watch for special releases featuring Northeast Ohio planners and civic advocates discussing the changes we’re seeing in our communities due to COVID-19, and how it’s affecting our definition of HOME.


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Jason Segedy

Jason is Assistant to the Mayor - Director of Planning and Urban Development with the City of Akron. He joins the WePlanCLE 2020 HOME conversation, discussing how the City of Akron is reacting to the Covid 19 pandemic, as well as the potential short- and long-term effects of the crisis on Akron’s neighborhoods. Tell us in the comments below how you think the pandemic will affect economic development in your neighborhoods!

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Keesha Allen

Keesha is the Executive Director of Home Repair Resource Center. She joins the WePlanCLE 2020 HOME conversation, discussing the programs and efforts on going with Home Repair Resource Center to encourage responsible home ownership and empower homeowners with the knowledge and skills they need to keep their homes in good condition. 

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The Ronayne Family

Chris and his daughter Audrey joins the WePlanCLE 2020 HOME conversation, giving us a different perspective on life at home during the pandemic. Chris and Audrey speak about the challenges, adventures, and a new appreciation on time spent together. Share with us your thoughts on how your appreciation of home and family have changed during this time.

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Jessica Trivisonno

Since March when COVID19 restrictions began, small and local businesses have faced an ever-changing array of restrictions, policies, and financial hurdles to remain open and safe for their customers and employees. In this conversation, we discuss how different types of businesses have been responding to these challenges in unique ways, and how community development corporations and planers are working with local businesses to ensure the places we choose to call HOME remain strong both now and in the years to come.

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Mark Joseph, PhD

As an Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, and Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Mark leads us in a discussion about what anti-racism means, and how we as planners can be more intentional in addressing the biases in ourselves and our processes. Listen, and challenge yourself to lean into uncomfortable conversations, grow as professionals, and better understand how we can truly serve the residents of the communities where we practice.

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