An engaged and active citizen is our best asset, and LakewoodAlive works with partners throughout the community to publicly discuss the issues of the day. We regularly host Community Forums designed to provide access to experts and resources within a particular field, as well as engage our Lakewood neighbors in meaningful discussions regarding topics pertinent to our community. 

LakewoodAlive to Host “Transportation for a 21st Century City” Community Forum on November 14

 As transportation preferences continue to evolve, our society is increasingly seeking better options for getting around.  But how can we ensure our region’s transportation policies keep pace with our modern-day transportation needs?

LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Transportation for a 21st Century City – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at Harrison Elementary School (2080 Quail Street in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood).  This community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we as a society can improve our transportation system to address today’s unique transportation challenges, capitalize on changing lifestyle preferences and enhance quality of life for individuals without adequate access to transportation.

Both the general public and members of the media are invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to better understand current and future transportation needs and how we can create a more responsive transportation system to meet these needs.  The discussion will delve into the evolution of transportation within our society, best practices for urban transit and transportation solutions ranging from expanded public access to biking alternatives to walkable neighborhoods and rideshare options.

Michael P. Summers, Mayor of the City of Lakewood, will oversee a distinguished group of panelists for an informative discussion.  The final 30 minutes will be devoted to panelists fielding questions from the audience.

The panelists participating in this community forum include:

Grace Gallucci, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

-Antoinette Gelsomino, Director of Human Services, City of Lakewood

-Matthew Marko, Emerging Mobility, Progressive Insurance

LakewoodAlive hosts community forums pertaining to topics relevant to residents, from within and also outside the city. For more information, contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655.



The following resources pertain to past forums LakewoodAlive has hosted.  We hope you find them informative and useful.


Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect

May 2019
Recap: LakewoodAlive Hosts “Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect” Community Forum

Additional Resources 

American Psychological Association Charles Koch Institute
Cuyahoga Community College National Institute for Civil Discourse
Psychology Today Teaching Tolerance



Depression, Anxiety and Teens – Who Cares? A Community Conversation

November 2018
Recap: LakewoodAlive’s “Depression, Anxiety and Teens” Community Forum Tackles Challenges Facing Young People
Recap: LakewoodAlive tackles teen anxiety and depression with forum 

Additional Resources 

Child Mind Institute City of Lakewood – Division of Youth
Cleveland Clinic HelpGuide
Lakewood City School District



Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood

May 2018
Recap: LakewoodAlive’s “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum Celebrates Our Differences
Recap: Lakewood community members hold ‘Embracing Diversity’ discussion 

Additional Resources 

City of Lakewood Compass Consulting Services
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio International Community Council
Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission She Collective



What’s Our Plan: A Community Conversation About School Safety

April 2018
Recap: More Than 100 Community Members Participate in School Safety Community Forum
Recap: Lakewood officials call recent community conversation about school safety a success 

Additional Resources 

City of Lakewood Educator’s School Safety Network
Lakewood City School District Lakewood Police Department
National Education Association School Safety Initiative



Aging in Place: Wave of the Future

November 2017
Recap: Planning Ahead: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Ponders Future of Aging Population 

Additional Resources 

Aging in Place Resource Guide Enterprise Community Partners
Lakewood Division of Aging LSC Service Corp.
National Aging in Place Council Senior Transportation Connection



From Refugee to Neighbor Part 2: Understanding Public Policy and Community Impact

May 2017
Recap: LakewoodAlive’s “From Refugee to Neighbor” Community Forum Celebrates Our City’s Diversity 

Additional Resources 

Building Hope in the City Community West Foundation
City of Lakewood Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Catholic Charities – Migration and Refugee Services The Refugee Response



The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options

November 2016
Recap: 90 Attendees Pack Lakewood Public Library for Community Forum Regarding Heroin Epidemic 

Additional Resources 

ADAMHS Board Heroin Crisis Hotline Let’s Face Heroin Resource Guide
City of Lakewood Addiction Resources Project DAWN Opioid Overdose Education Program
Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force Rx Drug Drop Box Program
Cuyahoga County Heroin & Fentanyl Data The Recovery Village



A Deep Dive: Lake Erie Starts at Home

June 2016
Recap: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Draws Crowd to Discuss Lake Erie



From Refugee to Neighbor: Continuing the Conversation

November 2015 



Exploring the Legend: Is Equality Alive in Lakewood

May 2015 



Housing: Securing a Second Century

December 2013 




Housing: A New Approach for a New Century

May 2012 



2010 US Census: What it Means for Lakewood

November 2011 




Bailey Building and Beyond: Downtown Development

November 2010