| January 5, 2009


The 7th annual Neighborhood Summit will be held Saturday, January 24 at Xavier University’s Schiff Banquet & Conference Center located in the University’s Cintas Center from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s summit is ‘Growing Cincinnati.’ Registration is required by January 14 at www.investinneighborhoods.com or by faxing (513) 921-5620. The summit and a provided lunch are free with advance reservation.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will open the day at 8:15 a.m. Following his remarks, participants will attend breakout sessions. These sessions focus on housing, economy and workforce development. Each session will be offered once during the day by neighborhood leaders, community-based organizations and county, state and city council representatives.
At the summit 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 will be held on Friday, January 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center. The dinner, sponsored by the Community Building Institute, features newly-elected State Representative Steve Driehaus.  Cost for this dinner is $20 per person. Please reserve a spot at www.investinneighborhoods.com or by faxing (513) 921-5620.
Steven L. Driehaus is the Congressman-elect to the 111th Congress for Ohio’s 1st Congressional district. The district includes the western four-fifths of Cincinnati, as well as suburbs north and west of the city in Hamilton and Butler counties. Driehaus was elected a State Representative in November 2000 and served four terms.  He was the Minority Whip of the Ohio House since 2005. Steve formerly directed and now serves as a Senior Associate to the Community Building Institute (CBI), here in Cincinnati. CBI is a collaborative effort of Xavier University and United Way of Greater Cincinnati that promotes citizen-led, asset-based community development. Steve supports community economic development initiatives, has extensive experience facilitating neighborhood planning processes and working with grassroots leaders. 
The 2008 Neighborhood Summit is sponsored by Invest in Neighborhoods, Inc., the Community Building Institute, the Department of Community Development, a partnership between Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the City of Cincinnati. Support comes from Xavier University and Murray & Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation.