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Vote to address sprawl

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/06/06 @ 3:23pm

Tonight every TV station in the region will ask viewers to VOTE online about “Quality of Life — Addressing Sprawl” during local news shows

First, a little background

Alarmed to see the region's wealth slipping away, 80 philanthropic organizations in Northeast Ohio formed the Fund for Our Economic Future in 2004. Its biggest project is Voices & Choices, a 15-county civic engagement process to involve citizens in determining the region's agenda for economic transformation.

Earlier this year, V&C narrowed the priority list to six categories — including the connection between quality of life and urban sprawl.

Vote to address sprawl tonight

This week, Voices & Choices takes to the airwaves. Each night, all of the major TV news stations in Northeast Ohio will broadcast the same segment on a V&C category, and then ask viewers to log on to vote on which category they think should be the priority.

On the evening of Wednesday, September 6 the TV stations will broadcast the segment titled, "Quality of life: Addressing sprawl." Make sure you tune in, and VOTE to address sprawl as a quality of life issue affecting all of us in the region.

In addition, on Thursday 9/7 at 8 p.m. ideastream/WVIZ Channel 25 will feature a panel discussion on the challenges of government fragmentation, and how Northeast Ohio plans to address the growing problem of sprawl. Guests will include Hunter Morrison, Sr. Fellow at the Center for Urban Studies Youngstown State University; David Beach, director of EcoCity Cleveland; Bay Village Mayor and president of Cuyahoga Co. Mayors & Managers Assoc. Debbie Sutherland; and Steve Brooks, Associate Dir. of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.

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