Boldly Fused for the Future

More than 400 YPs, creative classers, influentials and whatchamacallits gathered at Longworth Hall downtown Sept. 30 to plot their takeover of Greater Cincinnati and the world. The second annual B

Oct 5, 2005 at 2:06 pm
Natalie Hager

Tess Chaffee (in foreground) and her mother, Shon Chaffee, marched for farm animals on Oct. 1

More than 400 YPs, creative classers, influentials and whatchamacallits gathered at Longworth Hall downtown Sept. 30 to plot their takeover of Greater Cincinnati and the world. The second annual Bold Fusion, organized by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, promoted belief in the city's and region's future by pushing participants to believe in themselves and their ability to impact the area's growth.

First up to the podium was Joe Hale, the Cinergy executive who accomplished his goal of running seven marathons on seven continents in seven months, raising funds for the March of Dimes along the way. Then came two panels, during which audience members were asked to rank regional priorities via electronic polling touch pads.

The first panel featured five YPs who each started an organization and are living the entrepreneurial dream: Jay Kalagayan of Know Theater Tribe and Fringe Festival, Hector Moreno of CincyLatino, Jackie Reau of Game Day Communications, Ran Mullins of Metaphor Studio and iRhine and Ryan Rybolt of Infintech and Give Back Cincinnati. As expected, the discussion — moderated by another successful entrepreneur, MidPoint Music Festival's Bill Donabedian — centered around the theme of getting involved and making a difference.

"I've lived in Cincinnati for 16 years, and I finally got tired of waiting for someone else to make something happen," said Moreno, who recently quit his job at the Environmental Protection Agency to work full-time on CincyLatino activities.

The second panel featured local decision-makers who sprinkled newsworthy items among their remarks. The biggest news came from Chamber executive Scott Usitalo, who announced that the downtown riverfront on both sides of the Ohio River would be completely WiFi by the spring — a major sign of cooperation between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Another heavy hitter straddling the river, Corporex CEO Bill Butler provided an update on his two high profile projects, The Banks and Covington's Ascent condos.

As a lead developer in Hamilton County's long-delayed Banks development, Butler was hesitant to describe his plans in much detail but said he'd like to break ground in the spring on all seven or eight blocks he controls so the entire project opens around the same time. He also said Ascent was a go and that he was pleasantly overwhelmed by consumer interest in it.

Uptown Consortium CEO Tony Brown said one of his main goals is to finalize a transportation plan for the area surrounding UC, Cincinnati Zoo and nearby hospitals. Addressing the possibility of light rail or other alternative transit ideas in Greater Cincinnati, he suggested that a rail project could be piloted uptown to relieve parking and traffic hassles.

When YPs seemed skeptical of the long-term impact of 3CDC's Fountain Square makeover, the organization's project manager, Mary Lynn Boorn, asked them to open their minds to the possibility that downtown could be reborn. That's a lot to ask for, but it's a worthy goal.

A Message for Biden
The hundreds of Cincinnatians who went to Washington, D.C., to protest the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a much closer opportunity to stand for peace Oct. 22. That's when Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware) is scheduled to speak at the Syndicate ballroom in Newport at a fund-raiser for "Democrats United for Change." As "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan started saying before the national anti-war mobilization, peace activists have to hold accountable not only the Bush administration, which launched the invasion of Iraq, but also the Democrats in Congress who went along with him.

Biden, a putative candidate for president in 2008, is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. Peace supporters can buy tickets or share their view of Biden's vote for war by contacting Howard Tankersley at 859-647-1983 or [email protected]. For more details about Biden's appearance, visit

Animal rights activists took part Oct. 1 in the annual Walk for Farm Animals, organized by Farm Sanctuary. In addition to promoting awareness about inhumane factory farming practices, participants raised funds to help sustain and ensure farm animal rescue, protection, rehabilitation and humane-legislation efforts.

Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry. The organization operates the shelter in Watkins Glen, N.Y., that adopted Cincinnati Freedom, a cow that escaped a slaughterhouse in 2002 and evaded pursuing Cincinnati Police for several days. For more information about Farm Sanctuary, visit

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