This past weekend, the Board of Elections was invited to participate at YPCLE: The Millennial Caucus, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical event that brought our city’s civic leaders and young professionals together to discuss actionable ways to address our community’s most pressing issues. This energetic and inspiring event was one of many making up the 2016 Greater Cleveland Caucus event series.
The day kicked off with an outstanding panel of speakers including Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish, and Ronn Richard, President and CEO of The Cleveland Foundation. Emily Bacha, President of Cleveland Young Professional Senate (YPS) moderated the panel and invited the speakers to talk about how their leadership is working to improve the greater Cleveland area. Topping the list of issues they are working on include investing in human capital, stronger schools and educational programs, job growth and economic development, public transit, diversity and inclusion, and more. #YPCLE16
The speakers also talked about how some of their experiences and the decisions they made as young professionals shaped their path to becoming prominent community leaders. They are all passionate about continuing to work with young professionals and emerging leaders to ensure our city has a bright future.
Three breakout sessions took place following the panel discussion, each focusing on a specific community priority as identified at the Greater Cleveland Caucus and profiled by Crain’s Cleveland Business in The Pulse. Everyone in attendance worked together to come up with realistic, actionable solutions to the following issues: jobs and the economy, housing and neighborhoods, and diversity/inclusion.
More than a hundred young professionals and civic leaders spent their Saturday morning and afternoon brainstorming and discussing these issues. So, what’s next? The Cleveland YPS will continue to spearhead these initiatives, and has created committees dedicated to each topic discussed. Attendees signed up for the committee of their choice, and will use the common themes and ideas generated during this event to work towards a solution for creating change.
If you’re interested in joining the discussion and getting involved, come to the next YPS general body meeting on June 6 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Tucker Ellis LLP office, located at 950 Main Avenue, Suite 1100, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Please email info@ClevelandYPS.org and let them know you are attending. Security must have a list for visitors.
The Greater Cleveland Caucus event series is presented by the Cleveland YPS, The Cleveland Foundation, The City Club of Cleveland, Crain’s Cleveland Business, ideastream, and Neighborhood Connections.