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What Urban Transformation Really Looks Like For One Older Industrial Legacy City

On April 26th, 2017, Meeting of the Minds hosted a live webinar featuring Lev Gonick, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalC.

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Cleveland’s been pioneering the transition from a “gray city” to a “city transformed”, led by a network of government leaders, philanthropists, business executives, university leaders, risk-taking entrepreneurs, and community leaders working together to improve conditions in distressed neighborhoods. Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn all about the shape  of these outstanding Cleveland initiatives, including:

  • Integrated coalition-building and infrastructure for a community-centered technology strategy for legacy cities
  • Civic IoT initiative with the Cleveland Water Alliance
  • Connecting the Unconnected
  • ReStart initiative to provide an inclusive onramp to the digital economy for at-risk part of our community
  • Neighborhood Impact Hubs as an activation strategy for inclusive and diverse entrepreneurship

You’ll understand how the steady work of the past few years has paid off and how some of the progress already made in 2017 builds on lessons learned in cities outside Ohio. Hear the details directly from the key executive who’s been helping to lead a minor revolution.


Lev Gonick
Chief Executive Officer
Digital C

Lev Gonick is an educator, technologist, and smart city architect. He has been teaching, working, and living on the Net for more than 25 years.

Lev Gonick is co-founder and CEO of OneCommunity, the award-winning non-profit organization enabling and celebrating innovation, collaboration, and productivity through next generation broadband networks, big open data solutions, and IoT for public benefit

Lev was CIO at Case Western Reserve University from 2001-2013. He and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next generation network projects, and organizational development. Lev’s innovations, including the Case Connection Zone catalyzed national projects, including US Ignite and Gig.U.

Inside Business Magazine name Lev one of their Power 100 in 2015. In 2011 Government Technology awarded Lev one of their “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation.” In the same year Crain’s Business Cleveland named Gonick one its “10 Difference Makers” in Northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with their Cornerstone Award for “using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals.” In 2010 he received recognition as “Visionary of the Year” from NATOA. Lev has been recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT leader and honored by CIO magazine with a CIO 100 Award.

A frequent invited speaker and consultant on Smart Cities, Lev currently serves on the Boards of Monarch Teaching Technologies (software for special needs children), DecisionDesk, Groundworks Dance Theater, Jewish Family Services, and Cleveland Independents (Restaurants).

Specialties: Smart City Solutions, Smart City Architecture, The Future of Education, Broadband, Social Networking and Network Economy, Fiber to the Home, Innovation and Technology, Smart and Connected Communities, Internet of Things, Programmable City, City as an Operating System, Political Economy and Information Technology


April 26, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Meeting of the Minds
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