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Luncheon Speaker Series: How Can Local Government Support Economic Development?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cleveland is on the rise, but it will take many partnerships to continue to grow economic development opportunities in our area. Please join us as former Cleveland Mayor, Jane Campbell, moderates an armchair conversation about development strategies in Cleveland. Our knowledgeable panel will give you their insight into how our local government, along with community and private organizations, are impacting our region.


Jane Campbell  |  Director  |   Washington Office of National Development Council (NDC)

Jane Campbell heads up NDC’s Office of Public Policy and Advocacy where she manages NDC’s Public Policy efforts in Washington D.C. In 2001, Campbell served as the first woman Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, where she attracted nearly $3 billion worth of investment capital to redevelopment projects around the city. Recently she served as the Staff Director for the United States Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and has spent her career advocating for economic and community development programs. 


Ted Carter  |  Chief Economic Development & Business Officer  |  Cuyahoga County

Theodore ‘Ted’ Carter was appointed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish on March 15, 2016. In his role, he spearheads the county’s job creation, workforce, marketing, and community and economic development efforts, in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors. 

Prior to joining the county, Ted was Executive Director and CEO of the Office of Economic Development for Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to that, he was Executive Managing Director for CBRE (a global real estate company), leading their Public Sector Group in Washington, D.C. and served as the South Florida Market Leader. He was a member of CBRE’s America’s Operating Management Board. He also co-chaired The African-American Affinity Group.  

As a senior member of the Clinton Administration, Ted served as Deputy-Assistant Secretary for Management Operations (1997-2000) and served as the first Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer for the U.S. Department of Treasury. He also served as Department Leader for The President’s Initiative on Race.  

Ted Carter is a catalytic leader, who is committed to public/private partnerships that are the key to the growth of America’s cities and communities, economically and culturally.  His background focused on economic development and real estate and reflects significant multi-disciplinary experience in leadership, management, sales, marketing and public policy, with an emphasis on delivering results strategically and operationally through collaboration and teamwork.  

He has contributed to $1.5 B+ of real estate, economic and community development projects in New York City, Washington, DC and Miami, Florida. He has served on the boards of two global economic empowerment organizations and is the former Chairman of Take Stock in Children, based in Florida (a statewide education and membership non-profit). Ted has also chaired Jubilee housing in Washington, DC and is a member of the Business Executives for National Security.  

Ted received his MPA from The American University and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He has completed courses in real estate and infrastructure at Harvard University. Ted resides with his family in Solon, Ohio, and enjoys reading, hiking, scuba-diving and martial arts. 

Tracey Nichols  |   Director of Financial Services  |  Project Management Consultants LLC (PMC)

Tracey recently joined Project Management Consultants after serving nearly nine years as director of economic development for Mayor Frank G. Jackson of the city of Cleveland. During her tenure, Tracey led her team to complete almost 900 projects, representing nearly $3 billion in investment in the city of Cleveland and creating and retaining more than 27,000 jobs. Tracey’s team also secured nearly $100 million in grants and pass-through funding. 

Tracey is known for creating innovative programs such as the Vacant Property Initiative, which has resulted in the development of nearly 4 million square feet in vacant buildings and more than 100 acres of vacant land, creating and retaining over 7,500 jobs. She worked diligently to move the city of Cleveland forward by undertaking some of the most complicated financing projects, including the Flats East Bank, nuCLEus and Health Tech Corridor, as well as other projects large and small that have helped the city gain recognition for its economic resurgence. 

Tracey has a degree in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. Her work has been nationally recognized and she has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and events by organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, National League of Cities, National Brownfields Conference and the International Economic Development Council on topics including economic development finance, economic inclusion, transit-oriented development and redevelopment. Tracey has received the Cleveland Foundation’s Homer Wadsworth Award and was honored as Public Executive of the Year by Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. She is a board member of the International Economic Development Council.  

Lillian Kuri  |  Vice President, Strategic Grantmaking, Arts & Urban Design Initiatives  |  The Cleveland Foundation

Lillian joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the Foundation’s priority strategic initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area – now one of the nation’s leading comprehensive anchor institution development strategies. This placed-based initiative places equity and sustainability at its core through the integration of cross-cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing incentives, education, sustainability, community health, and economic inclusion. 

In 2015, Lillian took over the Foundation’s Arts, Culture and Placemaking Initiatives. She manages the Foundation’s International Residency program - Creative Fusion - which has brought more than 70 foreign artists from a variety of art forms, including painting, multimedia installations, print-making, sculpture, ballet, experimental dance, and photography, to Cleveland since 2008.  

Lillian is also developing and implementing the Foundation’s new Arts Mastery Initiative which will bring year-round, rigorous, mastery based programs in theater, music and visual arts to thousands of underserved children each year.  

Lillian has more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Previously,she was the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art and held positions as the project manager for the City of Cleveland’s Citywide Plan under Mayor Michael R. White as well as project coordinator for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. As the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art from 2000-2004, she was responsible for the implementation of over $4 million in projects over her 4-year tenure. 

Lillian is a licensed architect in Ohio and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Cleveland’s Planning Commission. 

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The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
When: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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