Jim Rokakis to speak at HRRC annual meeting

Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute.

The keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will be Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute, a program of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The topic of his presentation will be "Northeast Ohio Housing Market: Down but not OUT."

During a lifetime of community service, including his years as a member of Cleveland City Council and Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Rokakis has worked to find creative ways of reversing neighborhood blight. He was the driving force behind a bill that allowed for the creation of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (also known as the Cuyahoga County Land Bank) and served as its first chairman. In his current position with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, he helped to establish 15 land banks in Ohio counties in approximately two years. He also works with Ohio communities in Columbus and Washington, D.C. to raise funds to deal with distressed properties.

HRRC’s annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. In addition to the keynote presentation, the meeting will include a brief review of the past year and election of new HRRC board members. All community members are invited to attend. For more information, call HRRC at 216-381-6100 or visit www.hrrc-ch.org.

Kathryn Lad

Kathryn Lad is the executive director of Home Repair Resource Center.

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