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Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing Ohio’s Core Communities

The 2008 Ohio Summit – Restoring Our Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing Ohio’s Core Communities convened more than 1000 government, corporate, civic, neighborhood and academic leaders from around the state, including Governor Ted Strickland, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, Senate President Bill Harris and Speaker of the House Jon Husted confirmed as speakers. The Summit was co-convened by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and GreaterOhio.

The purpose of The Summit was to elicit reaction to a draft set of proposals for state policy reforms that reflect a critique of past policies, aimed at revitalizing communities throughout Ohio. Each of the recommendations was carefully tailored to the unique assets and challenges of Ohio’s 32 core communities whose revitalization is the springboard to a more prosperous and competitive state as a whole. Comments derived from this gathering will help to shape the final report to be released in early 2009.

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Lavea Brachman and The Honorable
Michael Coleman
The audience at Restoring Prosperity
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The Honorable Ted Strickland Douglas Kridler, The Honorable Jon
Husted, Nancy Zimpher, Al Ratner,
The Honorable David Burger



Summit Introduction and Overview



Lunch Plenary

Concurrent Panel Discussions


Ty Marsh

President and CEO, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Brad Whitehead

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Brookings Metro

Senior Advisor - Fund for Our Economic Future

Plenary Discussion


Al Ratner

Co-Chairman, Forest City Enterprises

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