UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Mayor Susan Infeld has formed an economic development committee composed of 14 residents who have expertise in that area.
At the Oct. 17 City Council meeting, Infeld said the new committee will study economic development issues that may benefit the city. It will be an advisory group to the mayor, she said.
“Our city has long benefited from tapping the expertise of its residents for guidance and ideas,” Infeld said in the city’s October newsletter. “As a small city that does not have a staff dedicated to studying these issues, I am pleased to have the opportunity to engage knowledgeable residents for their advice.”
The committee includes three professors from John Carroll University’s Boler School of Business: Frank Navratil, professor of economics and finance and former dean of the Boler School; Gerald Weinstein, professor and chair of the department of accountancy; and Andrew Welki, associate professor of economics.
Other committee members are:
• Robin Bachman, assistant vice president of government affairs and public policy for the Sisters of Charity Health System;
• Aaron Evenchik, lawyer for Frantz Ward LLP;
• Mark Jablonski, president of CenterMark Development;
• Mary Lavin, director of development for the Cleveland Foodbank;
• Rubin Moultrie, retired finance director of Warrensville Heights;
• Anne Nicholson, assistant to the president, St. Martin de Porres High School;
• Luke Palmisano, assistant vice president of real estate, RMS Investments;
• David Rothstein, researcher for Policy Matters Ohio;
• Catherine Schwartz, lawyer for Benesch Friedlander LLP;
• Michael Struk, president of the Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and owner of a Zeppe’s Pizza restaurant in the city;
• Winifred Weizer, a faculty member at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.
The recommendation for a “blue ribbon” economic development committee came out of a leadership effectiveness retreat in March, attended by Infeld and all seven council members.
Sy Murray, professor emeritus of urban studies at Cleveland State University, facilitated the work session and made the recommendation.
Infeld said the committee’s first meeting will likely be in early November.