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Data Driven Decision Making

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Cincinnati Branch)
150 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Access to data is critical in making strategic decisions about foreclosures, problem properties, and the vacancy, abandonment and blight they often lead to.  Cities and regions also need  technical experts to assimilate and analyze the data, combined with vitally important ground knowledge for a sound approach to making truly informed decisions—programmatic and policy alike—aimed at strengthening communities.

How can local and regional government harness these critical resources?

Sponsored jointly by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Development Department and the Greater Ohio Policy Center, this seminar is the first in a series of programs we will present in 2013 focusing on specific strategies local and regional government officials and community development organizations can use to help stabilize and restore neighborhoods.

The “Data Driven Decision Making” program included presentations and discussion on how to identify and acquire pertinent data, how to analyze the data, and how to make data accessible for use by governmental agencies and non-profits. It also featured examples of how data are used for program and policy decisions.

Panelists from both Cincinnati and Cleveland discussed:

  • the northeast Ohio experience with NEO CANDO, a nationally acclaimed free and publicly accessible social and economic data system, and its applications in neighborhood stabilization efforts
  • the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council (VAPAC), an ongoing collaborative of municipal, county and nonprofit community development agencies.  VAPAC has been instrumental in facilitating stakeholder involvement in developing the NST Web App, a component of NEO CANDO, that contains property level data from numerous sources
  • the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority’s data initiative and how the Greater Cincinnati region is utilizing data to make effective decisions about the future of properties and neighborhoods.

Officials from big cities and from smaller cities with big city issues alike will gain valuable insights in this workshop on tools they can harness to tackle vacant property issues in their communities and regions. 

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Greater Ohio Policy Center


  Friday, February 22, 2013

8:00 — 8:30 am Registration


Welcome   – Paul Kaboth, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


Creating, managing, and using a property data system: The Northeast Ohio story

Paul Kaboth, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Justin Fleming, Program Officer, Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Frank Ford, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Ronald O’Leary, Assistant Director, Department of Building and Housing, City of Cleveland


Q & A




Initiating a property data system and integrating with land bank efforts

Peg Moertl, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC

Paula Boggs Muething, Vice President of Real Estate and General Counsel, Hamilton County Land Bank

Kathy Schwab, Executive Director, LISC Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Q & A


Next steps and wrap up

Paul Kaboth, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Todd Portune, Commisioner, Hamilton County Board of Commissioners