Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent

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In the 21st century’s information and idea based economy, attracting and retaining the best talent will help keep our city competitive. The types of dynamic urban places that are created by public transportation appeal to this cohort.

Laura Deaton, from Laura’s Carbon Footprint, is moving to Seattle.  Although she is not leaving Cincinnati due to a lack of public transportation, she lists some of the things she is excited about in Seattle:

Walkability. Granted, some areas are more walkable than others, but I’m pumped about living in the uber walkable Queen Anne area. Jon and I are so excited that it will be easy to walk and bike everywhere we need to go that we’re selling one of our cars. We really won’t need two.  Plus, compared to Cincinnati, public transportation is great. So, if we can’t bike or walk, we’ll catch a bus, streetcar, or the light rail line. Read the rest here.

She also had some very nice things to say about Cincinnati as well:

I’m not leaving Cincinnati because I find the city lacking. I love Cincinnati. I repeat, I love Cincinnati. It’s a beautiful city with wonderful people who work hard. Cincy has an enviable cost of living that I’m never going to be able to duplicate. I’ve made friends here and built a career here

There are some things we can’t change about this City–the weather, its location, the nearby outdoors activity.  But we can work to make our city more vibrant and environmentally sustainable.  Let’s create the kind of city that people want to move to–Let’s Build the Streetcar.


2 thoughts on “Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent

    5chw4r7z said:
    February 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Laura has pushed for years to help make Cincinnati more green and more bicycle friendly.
    Even though she has a longer commute now, I’m sure none of that will change.
    break a leg in Seattle. One day you’ll come back and there will be a shiny new streetcar running around Cincinnati.

    David Ben said:
    February 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    The part left unsaid is that young and talented people will go where the jobs are, and business are shown to locate in areas with high accessibility. Build the streetcar, and those business here will be more likely to stay, and other will be more likely to move here. Is it a silver bullet solution? Nope. But it sure will help keep and brink talent here.

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