Thank you to the Cleveland Young Professional Senate (@ClevelandYPS), the Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation), and The City Club of Cleveland (@TheCityClub) for the Greater Cleveland Caucus events that took place in 2016. I think this type of activity is very important to our community as a starting point for making positive change and plans for the future.
After attending the final Greater Cleveland Caucus event for 2016, I decided to write this blog post to:
- Thank the organizers
- Capture some of the information shared about this final event
- Encourage people to learn about the Greater Cleveland Caucus by reading my past blog posts and related materials
The Desserts & Debate: Presidential Debate Watch Party on Monday, September 26, 2016, was the last in the series of events for 2016. I recommend going to the Greater Cleveland Caucus web page for information about the 2016 events, and to watch for any updates for 2017.
In case Greater Cleveland Caucus web page is moved or taken down, I have included here the current content of the page, plus the results of the Town Hall vote:
In previous blog posts, I also captured information about the other two Greater Cleveland Caucus events I attended:
Blog Date: July 13, 2016 - Cleveland Young Professional Senate - YPCLE: The Millennial Caucus
Blog Date: March 21, 2016 - Cleveland Caucus - Community Solutions
Here is the official watch party announcement, followed by the tweets/retweets I shared regarding the event. They will give you an overview and show photos of this great evening.
Desserts & Debate: Presidential Debate Watch Party
Monday, Sept. 26, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
1405 East Sixth Street, Cleveland
The Greater Cleveland Caucus Series concludes with Desserts & Debate: Presidential Debate Watch Party in honor of the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election. Join the Cleveland Foundation, The Cleveland Young Professional Senate, The City Club of Cleveland, the Council on Older Persons (COOP) and ideastream to network with other civically-minded Greater Clevelanders, hear pre-debate analysis of this year’s election cycle from a panel of local experts and watch a live stream of the first presidential debate in a nonpartisan setting.
Registration for this nonpartisan, nonpolitical events is free and open to the public.
The pre-debate panel, moderated by ideastream reporter and producer Nick Castele, will feature:
- Daniel C. Coffey, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Fellow, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The University of Akron
- Elizabeth McIntyre, Publisher & Editor, Crain’s Cleveland Business
- Jakiel Sanders, Governmental Affairs Chairperson, Cleveland Young Professional Senate
Program Schedule – Sept. 26, 2016
- 7:30 p.m. –Doors Open
- 7:30 – 8 p.m.– Networking (Desserts & Cash Bar)
- 8 – 9 p.m.– Pre-Debate Panel Discussion (Live broadcast on 90.3 WCPN ideastream)
- 9 – 10:30 p.m.– Live Stream of Presidential Debate
- 10:30 p.m.– Event End
The presidential debate promises to be 1 for the history books. Join us @ the Calfee Bldg 9/26 @ 7:30p Register! -> https://t.co/wgUA0b7hT3— ClevelandYPS (@ClevelandYPS) September 17, 2016
43 days until Election Day.— Nick Castele (@NickCastele) September 26, 2016
16 days until early voting starts in Ohio.
Final questions before the debate begins. Thanks to everyone for showing yet again that CLE knows how to Caucus! pic.twitter.com/9ArQHmaQmx— Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation) September 27, 2016
We agree! https://t.co/eSn31lgycm— The City Club (@TheCityClub) September 27, 2016
Really way pass time to get some ZZZZZs!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) September 27, 2016
Greater Cleveland Caucus Future
The Greater Cleveland Caucus events in 2016 were a great way to bring together people interested in improving the City of Cleveland. The events provided a format to gather attendees' input, and determine priorities for future planning.
I hope similar caucus events will be planned for 2017. I also want to thank the sponsoring organizations and their many partners for their leadership.
As I wrote in my March 21, 2016, Cleveland Caucus - Community Solutions blog post:
Normally, I would attend an event that had the energy level and high participation level of the inaugural Greater Cleveland Caucus: A Town Hall Meeting on Community Solutions, and report that it was a great success -- the end. That is NOT the case with this event!
For the Greater Cleveland Caucus, the event organizers presented a higher goal -- for it to be just the beginning! It cannot be considered a success unless it leads to real action that makes change in the Greater Cleveland community.
To that end, there will be more events and more work to be done. I look forward to learning about these next steps, and recommend that you engage in a future caucus at: ClevelandFoundation.org/Caucus
On Twitter, watch for tweets with the #CLECaucus hashtag, and for announcements by the partners:
Cleveland can look forward to an exciting future, thanks to the work of the leaders of the Cleveland Young Professional Senate (@ClevelandYPS), the Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation), and The City Club of Cleveland (@TheCityClub).