'Designing Our Future' Neighborhood Summit is being held at Xavier's Cintas Center

The goal of the eighth annual summit is to contribute to long-range planning for Cincinnati | February 18, 2010

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls open the 2010 Neighborhood Summit at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Cintas Center on Xavier's campus. The focus of this year’s summit, Designing Our Future, is to help shape policy and long-range planning for Cincinnati.

A pre-summit dinner is being held on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Banquet & Conference Center at Cintas. The dinner is sponsored by the Community Building Institute, a partnership between Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and features a panel discussion with former Washington, D.C., mayor Anthony Williams and Ellen McCarthy, director of planning and land use for Arent Fox of Washington. The cost for the dinner is $25 per person. Reservations can be made at www.xavier.edu/cbi by Monday, Feb. 22.

The summit on Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m. More than 300 people have registered to attend. The attraction this year is that for the first time, attendees’ comments are being used to help create the goals of Plan Cincinnati, a 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.

Following the remarks of the mayor and vice mayor, participants will attend breakout sessions addressing seven topics: housing and neighborhood development, urban design, transportation and transit, health, environment and open space, historic conservation, arts and culture, economic development and business retention.

They also will participate in three sessions that 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 help participants visualize what future development would look like.

The 2010 Neighborhood Summit is sponsored by PNC Bank, the City of Cincinnati and the Community Building Institute.