The Landscape

The Landscape

Crain’s Cleveland Business reporters and guests will discuss the latest trends and issues impacting business, news and politics in Northeast Ohio. Host Dan Polletta brings over 20 years of award-winning on-air experience as a broadcaster, writer and storyteller, most recently with NPR Ideastream.

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May 24, 2022 28 min

The combination of Ideastream and WKSU has led to some big changes on the radio dial for listeners. Ideastream president and CEO Kevin Martin talked with The Landscape about bulking up news resources to help bring more high-quality information to the community, managing evolutions in the tech landscape, the future of public media, and more.

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The weather is warming up in Northeast Ohio. Why not do a 5K or 10k? Maybe a half or full marathon? Lucky for you, Ralph Staph, the race director for the Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon, joins us to discuss events around the May 20-23 marathon.

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May 17, 2022 19 min

The pandemic has altered where, when and how we work. ConnectedHR president Mark D'Agostino joined The Landscape to talk about how employers and employees are dealing with the new realities of remote work as more companies ask workers to return to the job on-site, at least part of the time. D'Agostino also talked about how employers are dealing with filling vacancies, the need to build a strong workplace culture, and what w...

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May 13, 2022 22 min

For nearly 100 years, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs has sought to engage the Northeast Ohio community in a dialogue about the importance of international issues. CEO Carina Van Vliet talked with The Landscape about how the organization helps to foster understanding of how world events affect our daily lives, Cleveland's place as a global city, and more.

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May 6, 2022 25 min

Political watchers nationwide kept a close eye on Ohio on Tuesday. Dr. John Green, a professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, talked with The Landscape about results from key races and how things might shape up for the fall's general election — particularly in the U.S. Senate contest between Republican author/venture capitalist JD Vance and U.S. Re...

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May 3, 2022 20 min

After serving as chief operating officer for Ohio City Inc., Ashley Shaw has been named MidTown Cleveland Inc.'s new executive director. Shaw joined The Landscape to share her vision for MidTown, including the need to continue to attract new businesses and to draw new residents by providing affordable housing. Shaw also talked about plans to make the neighborhood both more pedestrian- and bike-friendly, which she said can be a ...

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April 29, 2022 20 min

In March 2020, the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood launched a major fundraising campaign to update and renovate its campus. Two years later, in spite of the pandemic, the campaign has proven to be a hit and now is in its final phase. Beck Center president and CEO Lucinda Einhouse talked with The Landscape about how the generosity of individual donors has been the backbone of the campaign so far, and how the renovations will al...

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April 26, 2022 22 min

In 2018, the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennal for Contemporary Art brought more than $31 million dollars of new economic activity to the region. With the follow-up event taking place this summer, FRONT CEO and executive director Fred Bidwell talked with The Landscape about FRONT's continuing efforts to draw international attention to Northeast Ohio's vibrant arts and culture scene, through this major undert...

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April 22, 2022 16 min

With so many employees working from home due to the pandemic, companies found themselves with plenty of empty office space. Terry Coyne, vice chairman of the Cleveland office of commercial real estate firm Newmark, joined The Landscape to share some thoughts on how much the commercial real estate market had recovered, as well as what the future might hold. Coyne also talked about the repurposing of the I-X Center as a hybrid facili...

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April 19, 2022 14 min

Since 2016, Crain’s Cleveland Business has recognized Northeast Ohioans who prove that age is simply a number — not a defining characteristic. While they might have retired in the traditional sense, they remain active in civic affairs and, in a few cases, the business world. They continue to teach, counsel and — perhaps most importantly — inspire. Crain’s executive editor Elizabeth McIntyre joins us to discuss the annual program an...

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April 15, 2022 14 min

Friday evening, the cry of ‘Play Ball’ will echo through a packed Progressive Field, as the Cleveland Guardians host the San Francisco Giants in the team's home opener. Curtis Danburg, the Guardians’ vice president of communications and community impact, joined The Landscape to talk about what fans can expect on their first trip to the ballpark, what's happening this season when it comes to giveaways, fireworks and other sp...

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April 12, 2022 17 min

For the first time since 1998, a Cleveland Cavaliers team that doesn’t have LeBron James will be in the postseason. The surprising Cavaliers overcame a slew of injuries to earn a spot in this year’s play-in tournament. Crain’s reporter Joe Scalzo joins The Landscape to preview Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets and how this experience could boost the franchise, both now and in the future.

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April 8, 2022 15 min

Northeast Ohio from July 6-10 will play host to the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Tournament director Don Padgett III talked with The Landscape about what's in store for this year's tournament, which features the world's best senior golfers as well as concerts and family-friendly activities. He also discussed the important role the tournament plays in raising money for a var...

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April 5, 2022 18 min

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and CrossCountry Mortgage recently announced a major long-term project to expand the zoo's popular Rain Forest to create a Primate Forest, which will provide a new home for orangutans, gorillas and other animals. The zoo's executive director, Dr. Chris Kuhar, talked with The Landscape about how this new attraction will provide a better experience for visitors through immersive technology and mul...

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Ancora Holdings is one of Northeast Ohio's largest money managers. Ancora chairman and CEO Fred DiSanto and Ancora Alternatives president James Chadwick joined The Landscape to share their thoughts on the economic outlook for 2022, the impact of high inflation and the firm’s approach to being an activist investor in the current environment.

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March 29, 2022 19 min

The 46th annual Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off this week, in person, in its new home at Playhouse Square. CIFF associate director Patrick Shepherd joined The Landscape to talk about what the move to the new venue means for filmgoers, as well as some of the highlights of this year's festival.

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March 22, 2022 19 min

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan talked with The Landscape about rebuilding Akron's infrastructure, drawing more residents and businesses downtown, and using the dollars coming into the city from the American Rescue Plan Act to improve services and create programs to provide more opportunities for young people.

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Sports events are entertainment — but they’re more than that for this region. On this edition of The Landscape, Crain's reporter Joe Scalzo moderated a sports forum featuring Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Rock Entertainment Group, and David Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland. The conversation centered around what the suc...

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March 15, 2022 20 min

After weathering some tough times, the Akron Museum of Art is looking ahead to celebrating its centennial this year. The museum's new executive director, Jon Fiume, talked with The Landscape about rebuilding a culture of trust with staff, visitors and donors, as well as efforts to diversify the institution’s collection to make it more reflective of the community. Fiume also shared some of the plans the museum has made to mark i...

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March 11, 2022 22 min

Small businesses are a vital part of Northeast Ohio's economic growth, but getting one off the ground, and keeping it running, can be a challenge — especially for budding entrepreneurs who lack experience. SCORE Cleveland can help. Robert Cohen, co-chair of this nonprofit group of volunteers with extensive experience in the business world, talks with The Landscape about the work SCORE Cleveland does in mentoring small businesse...

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