The goal would be ambitious even in the best of economic times. In the
worst of times, it appears virtually insurmountable: Create 200,000
jobs in little more than a decade.
Yet that's what local business and community leaders say they're
committed to accomplishing. The goal isn't just aggressive, they say,
it's essential to transforming the region into one of the nation's
leading metropolitan areas.
The job-growth objective is a cornerstone of the Agenda 360
communitywide plan for growth. Unveiled in February, Agenda 360 was the
product of two years of community meetings led by the Cincinnati USA
Regional Chamber. From more than two dozen meetings involving 1,500
people, organizers identified goals to guide their efforts and those of
other organizations around the region through 2020. To measure
progress, three simple but lofty goals were laid out, the most
audacious being the plan to create 200,000 jobs by 2020.
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