A community is defined as:
- A group of people who live in the same area – hey, that’s us Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!
- A group of people who have the same interests – again, that’s us because we are all interested in our region growing and thriving!
So, if we’re a community where we live in the same area and want that area to grow and thrive, why do we often act like islands?
Together, we have accomplished much:
- Several outstanding colleges and universities – NKU, Thomas More, UC, XU, The College of Mt. St. Joseph, Gateway Technical College and Cincinnati State Technical College. We abound in excellent institutions that can prepare our citizens for success!
- The home to many delicious organizations – Graeters, Klosterman, LaRosas, Skyline, United Dairy Farmers, Montgomery Inn, Busken, Servatii’s, just to name a few. And, of course, Multi-Craft – my pride and joy!
- We have more Fortune 500 companies per capita than Los Angeles, New York or Chicago – P&G, Kroger, Macy’s, 5/3, General Cable, AK Steel, Western Southern, American Financial Group, Omnicare and Ashland.
- Great sports teams – Reds, Bengals, Cyclones and even a minor league team, the Florence Freedom.
- A NASCAR speedway in Sparta
- Turfway Park
- The Ascent in Covington, designed by Daniel Libeskind, one of the world’s leading architects
- Horseshoe Casino, and hopefully one in Northern Kentucky in the near future
- Newport on the Levee, The Banks, Hoffbrauhaus – fun, fun and more fun!
- Museums, ballet, two symphony orchestras and many theaters
- A beautiful river that sometimes divides, but often unites , particularly around the fireworks!
- An international airport that just received another award – hurrah for CVG!
- We are home to the Cincinnati Zoo, Kings Island, Coney Island, Riverbend and an excellent park system on both sides of our river.
I could go on and on, as we do not lack in the areas of accomplishment. Yes, we also have our challenges, but what family, company or region doesn’t?
A current example is that most of us agree that we need a new bridge to replace the Brent Spence Bridge, but we disagree on how to fund that bridge. Disagreements are okay. In fact, the best ideas come from healthy debate. So, let’s debate the funding option loud and clear. Let’s just not personally attack each other for the ideas we individually generate.
Business is difficult today. We are all competing in our industries and all of our regions are competing to bring new business to town and hold on to the ones we do have. So, let’s find those areas of common interest and tackle them together. Let’s share our individual ideas and debate the merits of each. Let’s compromise until we reach a solution that the majority can support. Let’s not bully, insult, defame or demean. When that happens our “ship” is sunk.
After all, what organization wants to relocate to a community that can’t agree on how to move forward? Who wants to move to a region where creative thinking is discouraged? Let’s show the world what a great place Cincinnati Northern Kentucky is to live, work and play!