Community Building Institute hosts annual Neighborhood Summit

Mayor Mark Mallory and Dr. O'dell Owens, Hamilton County Coroner, both featured guests | February 11, 2008

The Community Building Institute is hosting the 6th annual Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Schiff Family Conference Center from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s summit is "Clean, Green & Serene." Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is opening the day at 9:00 a.m. Following his remarks, participants attend breakout sessions that focus on safety, the environment and community development. Each session is being offered once during the day by neighborhood leaders, community-based organizations and county, state and city council representatives. 

Attendees will have a chance to interact with Mayor Mallory, hear state, city, and county officials explain programs and resources, learn how other neighborhoods are successfully addressing community challenges and connect with key area officials.

A pre-summit dinner is being held on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center. The dinner, sponsored by the Community Building Institute, features Dr. O’dell Owens, Hamilton County Coroner. Cost for this dinner is $20 per person. Please reserve a spot at or by faxing 513-921-5620.

Dr. Owens is a native Cincinnatian. Following graduation from Woodward High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Antioch College, spending his third year as an exchange student at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He earned his MD from Yale University Medical School, where he was president of his medical school class and captain of the medical school basketball team. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from Yale. Owens returned to Cincinnati in 1982 to establish the first division of reproductive endocrinology in the department of OB/GYN at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  He is actively involved in the Cincinnati community working with disadvantaged youth.  He would like his epitaph to read, “He made a difference.”

The 2008 Neighborhood Summit is sponsored by Invest in Neighborhoods, Inc., the Community Building Institute, a partnership between Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the City of Cincinnati. Support comes from Xavier University, Murray & Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation and PNC Bank.


Registration is required by Feb. 9 at or by faxing 513-921-5620. The summit and a provided lunch are free with advance reservation.