As Mark Mallory approaches his first anniversary as mayor of Cincinnati, the Tristate business community's verdict on his performance might be best summed up as watchful waiting.

Business-wise, the Mallory administration has been characterized more by promising oratory and behind-the-scenes activity than any front-page blockbuster news. He gets high marks for reaching out to other communities and leaders in the sense of regional cooperation, for making the transition from a legislator to an executive, and for promoting a positive image of the city.

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