Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods


Themed “Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods,” this convening brought together the growing movement of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers dedicated to stabilizing “on the edge” neighborhoods around the country. Participants shared insights and learned about recent research efforts. The meeting also provided practical information about how to mobilize support to better serve these communities.

A Call for Session Proposals was issued to help shape the agenda for the working group and has now closed. The aim was to learn what plenary discussion and breakout topics would be most interesting and beneficial to practitioners.

To learn more and view the agenda, click here.

The meeting builds from several years of activities organized to:

  • Help practitioners, policymakers, and advocates active in the fields of city governance, city planning and community development understand that improving neighborhoods is a distinct area of practice, research, and investment.
  • Build public awareness and understanding, including bipartisan support, around the important role middle neighborhoods play in stabilizing communities and the urban economy.
  • Create long-term initiatives and partnerships to advance the field of middle neighborhood improvement.

A summary of the working group meeting will be available soon. To view the summary report from the first meeting in Baltimore (Nov. 2017), click here.

Partners for the Cleveland working group meeting include The American Assembly, The Federal Reserve Bank of ClevelandNeighborWorks America, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation with support from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, and Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Sponsors for the panel discussion and reception on Nov. 13 include the George Gund Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, and Third Federal Savings & Loans.

Learn More

If you have questions about the working group meeting, contact Stephanie Sung at

To join the middle neighborhoods mailing list, email Mark Leneker at

November 13 – 14, 2018

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
1455 E 6th St
Cleveland, OH 44114

This event is by invitation only.