The Urban Center

For nearly 30 years, CSU's Urban Center has served as the focal point of applied research, technical assistance and public service in Ohio. The Center draws on the talented pool of professional staff and scholars at CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs, long considered a leader in City Management and Urban Policy. It is the largest resource in the state dedicated to urban policy research.

Research Areas

Community Planning and Development

The mission of the Center for Community Planning and Development is to strengthen the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance, and civic education and engagement. The Center works in partnership with public, private and non-profit organizations, local governments, and development and planning professionals.

Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development conducts research and offers technical assistance on urban and regional economic issues of interest to local, state, and national policymakers. Primary focus areas include regional economic analysis, regional indicators, economic impact analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing competitiveness, and the role of urban universities in regional development.

Public Management and Finance

The Center for Public Management provides technical assistance to State of Ohio departments, local governments, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations in such areas as strategic planning and fiscal analysis. It houses the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center, one of nine university centers established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to help create sustainable environmental systems in the public and private sectors. The Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice was founded in 2001 to support and foster the health of the nonprofit sector in our region through training and technical assistance that support the role of nonprofits in civil society; scholarly and applied research; and undergraduate and graduate education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

Demographic and Geographic Data and Analysis--NODIS

The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. U.S. Census information and other demographic and geographic data is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). Researchers provide data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance and training.

The Urban Center Leadership

For more information about the Urban Center or for specific project inquiries, please contact:

Stuart C. Mendel, Ph.D. M.N.O.
Assistant Dean
Co-Director - Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice
Director - The Urban Center
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

engaged learning Stuart C. Mendel
Assistant Dean
Co-Director - Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice
Director - The Urban Center
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
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    Mailing Address
    Cleveland State University
    2121 Euclid Avenue, UR 330B
    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
    Campus Location
    Urban Building, Room 330B
    1717 Euclid Avenue
    Phone: 216.687.6908

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