The 8th Neighborhood Summit will be held Saturday, February 27 at Xavier University’s Schiff Banquet & Conference Center located in the University’s Cintas Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The theme for this year is ‘Designing Our Future.’ For the first time, attendees’ comments will be used to directly shape policy. Attendees will help create the goals of Plan Cincinnati, the comprehensive document that serves as a long-range plan to manage growth, protect the environment and influence development. For more information about Plan Cincinnati, visit www.plancincinnati.org Over 300 people have already registered. Come join the conversation.
A pre-summit dinner will be held on Friday, February 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Banquet & Conference Center. The dinner, sponsored by the Community Building Institute, features a discussion panel with former Washington, D.C. mayor Anthony Williams and Ellen McCarthy, director of planning and land use for Arent Fox of Washington. Cost for this dinner is $25 per person. Please reserve a spot at www.xavier.edu/cbi by February 22.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls will open the Summit at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Following their remarks, participants will attend breakout sessions from among seven offerings: housing and neighborhood development, urban design, transportation and transit, health, environment and open space, historic conservation, arts and culture, economic development and business retention.
At the Summit, attendees will participate in three sessions which will provide background on the issues and small group discussions about making goals for the Plan. Hand-held voting devices will enable attendees to vote on goals and see results immediately. Attendees can also participate in a computer-based Visual Preference Survey, which will use images and simulations to help participants visualize how they would like to see future development occur.
The 2010 Neighborhood Summit is sponsored by PNC Bank, the Community Building Institute, a partnership between Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the City of Cincinnati.