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A Quiet Crisis

A Quiet Crisis


There were many signs of trouble in late spring of 2001. LTV Steel had just gone through bankruptcy—again. Cleveland’s last downtown department store was closing. The region’s largest multi-national corporation, TRW, was leaving town. No major downtown construction project was on the boards. Regional growth was lagging behind the national average. The so-called “brain drain” was sapping the region of its best and brightest young minds. And nobody wanted to talk about it.

This was the backdrop for A Quiet Crisis, a series initiated by The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper and ideastream, the multimedia content organization just formed by the merger of Cleveland’s public radio and television stations. For three years this innovative multiple-media series focused the attention of Northeast Ohio on the region’s most serious challenge—an economic decline that was unraveling the “comeback” renaissance of the 90’s and threatening the vitality of the region.

Through 14 round table discussions of community leaders that were broadcast on WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN, radio call-ins, in-depth reports on radio and television, newspaper articles, columns and editorials, the ambitious multimedia campaign highlighted the region’s problems and also offered solutions in ways that energized and empowered individuals and organizations to action and change.

Programs in the Quiet Crisis series

Young Leaders

Posted April 24, 2003
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

We focused on young leadership in Northeast Ohio. Who were they? Where were they coming from?

Universities & Their Cities

Posted March 6, 2003
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Innovative partnerships university presidents forge with their cities and regions were discussed.

3rd Frontier

Posted November 20, 2002
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

A round table of panelists debated issues concerning economic development in Northeast Ohio.

Success Stories

Posted September 5, 2002
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

A revealing portrayal of five successful entrepreneurs.

Arts & the Economy

Posted May 23, 2002
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The importance of Cleveland arts, artists and cultural organizations as an asset to our region's economic development.

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