Mayoral Candidates John Cranley and Yvette Simpson Discuss Real Real Estate Issues
ULI Cincinnati is partnering with UC’s Real Estate Center again this year to kick off the program year. The program will feature mayoral candidates, John Cranley and Yvette Simpson. ULI Cincinnati and UC’s Real Estate Center’s Roundtable will bring the two together to discuss local real estate issues chosen by the attendees. All registrants will have the opportunity to submit the questions and/or issues they are interested in hearing about on October 6, 2017. In preparation for the event, the two organizations’ Boards will review the questions and/or issues and have the most important addressed. This is your chance to find out the candidates’ views on the issues you really care about.
The mayoral discussion will be facilitated by Doug Bolton and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
This event is free for ULI Members and UC Roundtable Members. The non-member fee is $75 per person. Registration includes coffee and networking before the program as well as a plated breakfast.
Growing up in a family filled with people who dedicated their lives to public service, Mayor John Cranley learned at an early age that putting the needs of others ahead of your own is how you lead a meaningful life. He learned to value social justice and care for those who are in need. Those are the values that John and his wife Dena are passing on to their son Joseph, and those are the values that guide John as mayor. Since taking office in December 2013, Mayor Cranley has placed a renewed focus on building vibrant, thriving neighborhoods by getting the basics right and making strategic investments to spur growth. Mayor Cranley implemented a multi-year plan to dramatically increase the miles of city roads that are paved and repaired annually, expanded the City’s efforts to crack down on absentee landlords and reduce blight, and invested in economic development deals throughout the city. Mayor Cranley has led efforts to invest in job training, make the City more inclusive, and reduce poverty all while getting the City’s credit upgraded, wiping out the $800 million unfunded liability that the City’s pension system was facing, and adding over 100 cops to the police force. Prior to taking office, Mayor Cranley co-founded the Ohio Innocence Project, a organization that has exonerated and freed 23 wrongfully convicted people through the use of DNA technology. He also worked as a real estate developer and attorney. John graduated from St. William’s, St. Xavier High School. He earned degrees from John Carroll University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School. John lives in Hyde Park with his wife Dena and their son Joseph.
Growing up in Lincoln Heights, Yvette faced many challenges that could have easily quashed her relentless enthusiasm. Raised by her grandmother in public housing, Yvette’s family struggled to make ends meet and many friends and family members dropped out of school or fell prey to in criminal activity. Even as a child, Yvette looked past her challenges and decided at the age of eight she wanted to become a lawyer. It didn’t matter to her that no one in her family had ever even attended college. Even at eight, Yvette understood the power of hard work, dedication, and focusing on the future. Yvette achieved this goal, and many others along the way. After graduating from Princeton High School, Yvette became the first in her family to graduate college, at Miami University. In 2004, she made her young self very proud, receiving her juris doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. After graduating, Yvette practiced law at several firms before developing and directing Miami University’s first Pre-Law Program. In 2014, Yvette earned her M.B.A. degree from Xavier University. She currently serves as Counsel at Ulmer & Berne LLP. In 2005, Yvette was recognized as one of the Business Courier’s Forty under 40 and a YWCA Rising Star. In 2014, Yvette was honored as one of the YWCA’s Career Women of Achievement.