People who believe in education and regional collaboration as two keys to community vitality and economic development must be amazed by the boldness of the new initiative called Strive.

Unveiled at a summer news conference on the Purple People Bridge, Strive assembled a powerful array of education, business and community leaders who emphasized the potential, positive economic impact. The idea"”or the ideal"”is based on five key goals and initial strategies: Every child in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport will be prepared for school from birth through early childhood education, every child will be supported inside and outside the school walls with coordinated programs and services, every child will succeed academically (through efforts to attract and retain the most talented and committed educators), every child will enroll in some form of postsecondary education, and every child will graduate and enter a career.

What attracted the most attention? Strive's goal to make college financially possible for every child in these three cities.
Cincinnati's KnowledgeWorks Foundation is the driving force. CEO Chad Wick is so enthusiastic about Strive that KnowledgeWorks contributed the full-time services of one of its most valuable players, Jeff Edmondson, to serve as executive director.

"I want to reiterate that this is not a program or project," Edmondson says. "As Mayor Mallory said on the Purple People Bridge, it is a new way of doing business to pull together common programs, projects and other efforts"”such as all the mentoring projects and college access programs"”to work together with the hopes of reaching more students with the highest quality support services to promote educational success and attainment.

"The commitment of KnowledgeWorks Foundation to fully staff and nurture the initiative until it is successful is also unique," Edmondson adds. "This will not be a 'drive-by pronouncement' because the team"”all of whom wake up every morning thinking about Strive"”is in place to make sure this is a success."

More information is available at www.strivetogether.org, and volunteers may call United Way 2-1-1.

Xavier's Williams College has announced the appointment of three professors as Castellini Family Professors of Business: Elaine Crable, chair of the department of management and information systems (MIS); Timothy J. Kloppenborg, professor of management and entrepreneurship; and Priscilla '™Clock, professor of accountancy. The three will hold the professorships for two years and, in addition to their teaching duties, will work with Tom Clark, director of WCB's Entrepreneurship Center.

The Fifth Third Entrepreneurship Center at Northern Kentucky University in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton will host the 10th annual national conference of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC), Oct. 13-14. The conference will take place at NKU's Metropolitan and Education Training (METS) Center. This is the first time three universities have collaborated on a NCEC national conference.

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