Neighborhood Summit takes place at Cintas Center

Event brings together communities, city with focus on ways to make area a better place to live | January 23, 2003

More than 400 Cincinnati residents and city leaders are coming together Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cintas Center for a neighborhood summit. The event focuses on ways to make Cincinnati communities a better place to live. The summit starts with a panel discussion moderated by Gene Beaupré, director for community and government relations at the University. Panel members include Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, Cincinnati City Council members and representatives from various community councils, including Oakley, Northside, downtown, East Walnut Hills, Evanston and the West End. The discussion is on the role played by community councils in their neighborhoods and their relationship with city leaders. “The neighborhood summit will lay the groundwork for improved relations between council, the administration and neighborhood organizations,” says Paul Booth, Cincinnati City Council member and chair of the neighborhood and public services committee. “The communities in our city are excited about this opportunity to dialogue with City Hall,” says Rick Dieringer, a downtown resident and president of Invest in Neighborhoods, which is comprised of community councils from across the city. “For some time, community councils have expressed a desire for a better working relationship with the city. This summit is the start of a process to forge a stronger relationship between the city and the neighborhoods.” The panel discussion begins at 9:00 a.m. ends at about 10:30 a.m. The agenda for the rest of the day includes information sessions by city departments, staff and agencies, two skills workshops and a review and next steps session. For more information, contact Booth at 513 352-5314 or page him at 513 249-5690.