FutureHeights annual meeting is set for May 24

Judy Rawson

FutureHeights, the nonprofit that works toward a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights, will hold its 15th annual meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at its offices in the former Coventry School building, 2843 Washington Blvd.

FutureHeights will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing inner-ring suburbs today, share its analysis of why a Community Development Corporation (CDC) is needed in Cleveland Heights and explain how FutureHeights is uniquely qualified to take on that role. Judy Rawson, former mayor of Shaker Heights, will deliver the keynote address. The event begins at 7 p.m. 

Judy Rawson has lived in Northeast Ohio since 1972. She served as mayor of Shaker Heights from 2000–07, following two terms on Shaker Heights City Council. During that time, she held leadership roles around regional issues, such as economic development, consolidation of services, housing, strengthening inner-ring suburbs, and linking the suburbs more closely to the city of Cleveland. She served on the Executive Committee of the Mayors and Managers Association during her mayoral tenure.

Prior to her service as mayor, Rawson practiced law for 10 years, including with the city of Cleveland. In 2008, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed her to the State Commission on County Reform. Following passage of Charter Reform in Cuyahoga County, she was chosen to serve as one of three tri-chairs of the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Workgroup, under the County Charter Transition process.

Rawson graduated from Mount Holyoke College and earned her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, from which she graduated with honors (Order of the Coif).

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.futureheights.org or call 216-320-1423.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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