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Quarterly Issue Action Group Update Meeting -- September 20, 2016

Posted on: September 10, 2016
Tags: Events, Iag update meeting

Join us at the next quarterly Issue Action Group Update Meeting on Tuesday, September 20, from 8am to 12pm.  

We're meeting at the Atrium Medical Center, Professional Building, 5th Floor Conference Room, 1 Medical Center Dr, Middletown. This is just off Exit 32 from I-75.  We will work on further updates to the action steps that have been identified and are being progressed to help us move toward our goals of increased economic development, greater job growth and improved quality of life across our region.

We have a special guest attending our meeting this quarter. Mr. Bill Muse, President Emeritus of the National Issues Forum, a part of the Kettering Foundation in Dayton. The Kettering Foundation focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation. So their mission is very similar to Think Regional, and we hope that further collaboration on some of the key issues we have identified to improve will result.

Please plan to attend, contribute your ideas and insights, and be part of a great day!

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Think Regional I-75 Corridor Growth Video

Posted on: August 12, 2016
Tags: Media, I-75 corridor, Cincinnati-dayton metorplex

I-75 Growth Corridor Video -- Click Here to Watch

Watch the video to learn how collaborations between the cities of Cincinnati and Dayton, and the counties in between along the I-75 corridor, have led to new investments creating significant economic and job growth benefiting the entire region!


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SAVE THE DATE 2017 Think Regional Summit

Posted on: August 12, 2016
Tags: Events,

SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Think Regional Summit!

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2017

Register on our website or "Like" our Facebook page at, so we can update you as details become available, and notify you when registration is open!

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2016 Summit -- Panel Updates

Posted on: May 3, 2016
Tags: Conference updates, Event updates,

First Panel – Examples of Successful Collaborations in Economic Development      

Topic:     Examples of Greater Results Achieved through Successful Collaborations.

Moderator: Bob Viney, Think Regional Leadership Committee


Mitch Heaton, Dayton Development Coalition

Ian Smith, REDI Cincinnati                  

Pat Valente, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition                                  

Dr. Jerry Hutton, Millennium Reign Energy

Deb Norris, Sinclair Community College

The focus of the panel is to share how successful collaborations between organizations and across regional jurisdictional boundaries are enabling the region to succeed in attracting substantial investments and grants that are/will increase economic development and create new higher-paying manufacturing related jobs across the region. The REDI Cincinnati and Dayton Development Coalition representatives will speak about collaborative projects they are supporting that are bringing increased economic development and job growth to our region.

The collaborative support of the region’s educational and technical colleges and universities to help provide the skilled and educated workforce required for increased manufacturing and technology jobs will be highlighted. Sinclair Community College meets with major manufacturing and technology companies to tailor workforce development programs to provide the employee skills these companies need to grow.

The OFCC and MRE representatives speak about the extent of the organizations involved in all aspects of Clean And Renewable Energy and Transportation systems in Ohio, the existing state of economically viable technology development in all key areas – wind, solar, battery, fuel cells, hydrolyzers to produce hydrogen from water, and fuel cell vehicle refueling stations – the operating installations in the field (OSU fuel cell bus and refueling station, for example), and the learning about the financial viability and scalability of the integrated energy systems for both personal and broadscale electricity use and fuel cell personal and mass transit. The benefits that increased investment in these industries might bring to the region in terms of increased economic development and higher-paying job growth, supported by both traditional universities and our terrific technical colleges and schools, will also be mentioned.

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Think Regional 2016 Summit on TV

Posted on: March 24, 2016
Tags: Media, Event updates, In the news,

Michele Abrams, Chairman of Think Regional, and Bob Viney, Planning Committee, appeared on The City Show on Lebanon TV Channel 6 on March 22, with Emiko Moore.  They highlighted the keynote speaker, David Abbott, and the first two panels, on Economic Development and Health Care, with a focus on how solutions to the heroin problem are being addressed in our region.  Watch here:  Think Regional on The City Show.

Click on the RESERVATION Link at the top of the page and get your tickets now!

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2016 Summit Update -- Keynote Speaker

Posted on: March 9, 2016
Tags: Event updates, Speaker updates

Think Regional is very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker at the Annual Summit on April 21, 2016, will be David Abbott, the Executive Director of the Gund Foundation.

The George Gund Foundation was created in 1952 because Mr. Gund believed the private foundation concept provided the most positive, farsighted vehicle for intelligent underwriting of creative solutions to social ills in a manner which would not be limited to his own lifetime. The Foundation's grant-making history reflects a deep commitment to the Greater Cleveland community that was the home of its founder and that remains the Foundation’s home.   To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $586 million since its inception.

The Foundation’s philanthropic stewardship of this region derives not just from our history, but also from our belief that Cleveland can continue to develop original responses to urban issues and from our hope that collaborations across boundaries can create a crucible of innovation in all fields of endeavor.  Moreover, the urban emphasis of our work stems from a belief that thriving cities are one of the nation’s best hopes for addressing our essential problems. This focus is especially vital in an era of diminished government involvement in urban issues, intensifying globalization and heightened awareness of the central role of regions.

The Foundation’s guidelines reflect our long-standing interests in the arts, economic development and community revitalization, education, environment and human services because these areas embrace most of the major issues that any community must address. While we continue to organize much of our work within these program areas, there is increasing awareness that many issues and, therefore, many grant proposals do not fit neatly into one program category. Indeed, the work of a growing number of nonprofit organizations brings together aspects of several of our core interests, and, as a result, we are becoming ever more interdisciplinary in our approach.

David Abbott became executive director of The George Gund Foundation in 2003. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as president of University Circle Incorporated, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. Abbott was also the Cuyahoga County administrator and, early in his career, a reporter for The Plain Dealer.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Denison University, a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

We hope to learn from and be inspired by the successful collaborations in the areas of economic development, education and quality of life that the Gund Foundation has helped happen in Cleveland, so that we can achieve more successes in our region in these areas through our own collaborations.

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