September 20, 2011
Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 receive Unity Award
The Cincinnati USA and Northern Kentucky regional initiatives, Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, were honored with the Unity Award for their work in bridging the divide between Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2011 Annual Dinner on Tuesday, September 13. Mary Stagaman, Executive Director of Agenda 360, and Bill Scheyer, President of Vision 2015, accepted the award.
Collaboration is central to the work of Agenda 360’s work. The partnership with Vision 2015 started in 2009, but gained tremendous momentum in September 2010 when Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 came together to publish Our Region by the Numbers, the 2010 Regional Indicators Report for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
L-R: Eric Haas, president, National Band & Tag and Hofbrau House; Tom Banta, president & COO, Corporex; Mary Stagaman, executive director, Agenda 360; Bill Scheyer, president, Vision 2015; Brent Cooper, president, C-Forward; Steve Stevens, president, Northern Kentucky Chamber
“The work of Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 have focused attention on the very critical issues in our community. One of the advantages this region has is the power of these two plans for advancement,” said Stagaman, “I’m more optimistic than ever about the degree of alignment and cooperation that we are achieving with our counterparts across the river at Vision 2015.”
About Agenda 360:
Agenda 360 is a regional action plan, led by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, intended to transform Cincinnati USA into a leading metropolitan region for talent, jobs and economic opportunity. At the core of this plan are three long-range goals to be achieved by 2020: to add 150,000 additional 20 to 34 year-olds in the region’s workforce, an increase of 50 percent; to add 200,000 net new jobs in the region, representing an estimated 50 percent increase in the historical job growth rate in the region; and to create economic self-sufficiency for all, incorporating the United Way goal of income at a minimum of 200 percent above the federal poverty level for all households.