Xavier co-sponsors, hosts Invest in Neighborhoods summit

Citizens to discuss conditions and needs of their neighborhoods with local decision-makers this weekend | January 27, 2004

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, City Council members and area citizens are gathering Saturday, Jan. 31, to participate in the second annual Invest in Neighborhoods Summit at the Cintas Center. Registration and continental breakfast for the event, which is co-sponsored by Xavier, begin at 8:00 a.m.

“Empowering Neighborhoods” is this year’s theme for the summit. The forum, which is free and open to the public, provides citizens with the opportunity to meet the city's decision-makers to discuss the conditions and needs of their neighborhoods. Following a lunch with developers of faith-based housing and small-businesses from Cleveland and Columbus, participants can attend their choice of breakout afternoon sessions. Among topics being addressed in these forums are community development and planning, police and safety, and public schools.

"Our goal is to empower community councils to function better in their dealings with the city," says Rick Dieringer, president of Invest in Neighborhoods.

Registration is required to attend. To register or for a complete list of sessions, visit the Invest in Neighborhoods web site or call 513 921-5502.

For more information, call Gene Beauprè at 513 745-4271.