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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

Leveraging Lake Erie

Posted September 16, 2004
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

How can we better leverage Lake Erie -- not just to improve the quality of life in our region but to create jobs?


Posted May 27, 2004
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

In 2004 many were wondering if Northeast Ohio would ever regain its stature as a manufacturing powerhouse.

A Look Back… A Look Ahead

Posted January 29, 2004
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Just how much progress have we made in reinvigorating our economy since the start of A Quiet Crisis?

Big Bets

Posted October 2, 2003
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Were there any other so called “Big Bets” that needed to be considered?

The Convention Center

Posted June 12, 2003
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

In the summer of 2003 there was a big bet on the table called “a new convention center.”

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