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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.


distracted driving awareness

Learn about the dangers of distracted driving and what can be done about it to keep our roadways safer.

Each day in the United States, about nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Whether you take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, all types of distracted driving increase your risk of car crashes, major injuries, and even death.

Join us for a panel discussion on this important safety topic.

Moderator: Jacqueline Jenkins, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, Washkewicz College of Engineering, Cleveland State University


  • Lori Cook, Safety Advisor, Cleveland Area AAA

  • John Picuri, District Deputy Director, ODOT 12

  • Michael Warner, Central Communications Division Commander, Lake County Sheriff’s Department

  • Jim Kinnick, Executive Director, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments


Racial Equity in Planning

Planners in the United States have played central roles in carrying out urban agendas that reproduce racial inequity. Segregation, disinvestment, and siting toxic facilities in communities of color are objectionable legacies and yet common planning outcomes. Yet, planners are visionaries of their cities who can mobilize resources to reach social justice goals, and there is now a movement to right inequities of the past.


Moderator: Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Communications, Government & International Affairs, City of Cleveland



  • Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Assoc. Professor of Urban Studies, Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU

  • Blaine Griffin, Cleveland Councilman, Ward 6, and Member of NOACA's Board of Directors and Planning & Programming Committee

  • Kathryn Hexter, Retired Director of CSU’s Center for Community Planning and Development

Archived Videos

August 20, 2020: Transit-Oriented Development

October 15, 2020: Equitable Public Engagement

December 18, 2020: Attitudes and Progress Toward Regionalism

January 28, 2021: "Engineer-Speak" & "Planner-Speak" for Better Understanding & Collaboration

February 18, 2020: Transportation Demand Management and Commuter Choice Awards for Northeast Ohio

March 18, 2021: Racial Equity in Planning

April 29, 2021: Distracted Driving

Thank you for viewing the Lunch and Learn videos. Our last episode in this series will be posted in July 2021.

Archived Videos
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