Thursday, July 12, 2001

Panel to lead Vision 2020 plan


26 members to guide goals for Hamilton

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Mayor Adolf Olivas has formed a 26-member commission to help the city implement goals outlined in its Vision 2020 plan.

        Mr. Olivas announced Thursday that he has named John Fabelo, an architect, to be commission chairman. He also chose Eric Middlebrook, former president and CEO of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, to be vice chairman, and Jim Boerke, Hamilton's planning director, to be secretary.

        Other members are Rex Bucheit, Gil Cabacungan, Dan Crank, Carla Fiehrer, Richard Fitton, Susan Glynn, Keith Jones, Rick Jones, Maggie Krey, Mel Less, Kenya Lowe, Amy Pelicano, Jim Pollicita, Mary Remier, Don Ryan, Mike Samoviski, Dave Stittsinger, Don Taylor, the Rev. Dr. Norman Townsel, Nancy Wiley, Bill Wilks, Ron Woolwine and Mary Sue Wright.

        Members will serve staggered terms of one, two and three years.

        Vision 2020 is a comprehensive plan for the city's future that was developed during the past three years in a collaboration of city officials, community leaders, business people and residents.

        Many of the people selected for the Hamilton Vision Commission were involved in the Vision 2020 process.

        “Whether they're from the business sector, the public sector or civic associations, these people don't let the grass grow under their feet,” Mr. Olivas said. “They get things done.”

        Vision 2020's recommendations include creating more hotel space and a convention center, focusing on Hamilton's history and uniqueness, preparing for a global economy, building a transportation loop around the city's west side and promoting tourism.

        “This commission will help keep us on track and make sure we accomplish the goals,” Mr. Olivas said.

        The commission will place priorities on projects recommended in Vision 2020, he said.

       



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