Thursday, April 27, 2000

Regionalism expert speaks here

Public invited to explore area's future

By Lucy May
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Get ready to think regionally.

        Regionalism guru Myron Orfield is coming to town next month to help continue Greater Cincinnati's discussion of how to better cooperate and make the Tristate more competitive in the global economy.

        The Cincinnatus Association and other community groups are sponsoring his trip and a public forum May 8. After his presentation, he will answer questions. The forum will be at Memorial Hall on Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine, with refreshments served at 5 p.m. The program runs 5:30-7 p.m.

        “He understands the dynamics of a rapidly growing metropolitan area,” said Mike Hammons, president of Forward Quest and a member of the Cincinnatus Association.

        Mr. Orfield is director of the Metropolitan Area Research Corp., a nonprofit group he established in Minneapolis in 1998. He's a former special assistant attorney general of Minnesota, an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

        Other sponsors are the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, the Metropolitan Growth Alliance, Cincinnati Bell Inc., the Cincinnati Preservation Association, Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati and Forward Quest.


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