Hundreds of elected leaders, community activists and residents flocked to the Cintas Center early Saturday morning to take part in the annual Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit, a day-long series of seminars and workshops focused on community building. The theme for the 2019 Summit was “Resiliency: Strong People, Neighborhoods, Economy and Society.”
The event explored ways to build resilience in Cincinnati communities from the ground up and provided participants with practical examples and hands-on training for how to use resiliency as an effective strategy to improve their neighborhood. This year’s event featured more than 84 speakers and panelists taking part in more than two-dozen sessions and workshops on a variety of neighborhood-centric topics. The framework for the tracks for the 2019 Summit:
- Health and Well-being
- Economy and Society
- Leadership and Strategies
- Infrastructure and Environment
The morning began with a welcome by Mayor John Cranley and a keynote address by Pastor Damon Lynch, III. As a part of the program, various community leaders received awards for their leadership and work on topics related to the theme of “Resiliency.” This year’s winners were presented Community Awards by Councilmember Jeff Pastor, chair of the Neighborhoods Committee.
- Community Catalyst of the Year: Marilyn Evans, South Cumminsville
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Stefanie Sunderland
- Rookie of the Year: TRIIIBE (True Representation of Intellectual Individuals Invoking Black Excellence)
- Resilience Award: Better Bus Coalition
The overall goal of the annual Neighborhood Summit is to help residents and local officials learn to effectively work together on improving the quality of life in each of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. The event is hosted annually by the organization Invest in Neighborhoods, in collaboration with the City of Cincinnati and various other public and private partners.
For more information, please visit www.investinneighborhoods.org/neighborhood-summit/