The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is offering a series of Lunch and Learns starting this summer! Lunch and Learns bring together people from diverse backgrounds and organizations in an informal atmosphere to collaborate and learn how you can drive personal, team and business development to the next level. These events are offered every third Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m.

NOACA is keeping a close eye on the developing situation surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) by limiting social interactions and in-person meetings. Our number one goal is the safety and well-being of our residents, visitors and communities throughout Northeast Ohio. As such, NOACA will not entertain any in-person participation at the NOACA headquarters until further notice. Therefore, the Lunch and Learn sessions will be conducted as virtual meetings for now.

Join our network and view our upcoming lists of guest and topics. When you sign up, NOACA will send you a notice when the registration is open. A link to the scheduled online meeting will be provided after you register.

Unable to attend?

You can view archived videos of some of our Lunch and Learn events at the bottom of this page.

January 28

"Engineer-Speak" & "Planner-Speak" for Better Understanding & Collaboration

A tight relationship between planners, designers and engineers is crucial to workflow and working together to produce the best community project. Whether these disciplines speak to aesthetics, function, standards or operations, sometimes transportation and infrastructure projects suffer because planners, designers and engineers don't always speak the same language when developing projects. In this session, learn how a planner's view of a project may differ from an engineer's viewpoint, and how an awareness of those differences can lead to more successful projects and more productive relationships.​


  • Nichole English, P.E., Planning and Programming Administrator, Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works

  • James R. Gills, P.E., P.S., Lake County Engineer

  • Janine Rybka, Director, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Freddy L. Collier, Jr., Director, Cleveland City Planning Commission, City of Cleveland

Archived Videos

August 20, 2020: Transit-Oriented Development

October 15, 2020: Equitable Public Engagement

December 18, 2020: Attitudes and Progress Toward Regionalism


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