"With our eyes fixed on the future, but recognizing the realities of today ... we will achieve our destiny to be as a shining city on a hill for all mankind to see."

"” President Ronald Reagan

While the Tristate area may only be a small part of the America that President Reagan spoke of, it is our part, our home. And as such, few things make me happier than when, every year, we have our Love Cincy Awards. It's all about putting under a spotlight why we enjoy living and working here, from West Chester to Florence, from Harrison to Union Township.

 I probably enjoy this feature so much because it is so representative of our region as a whole, and I believe we are enjoying a rise in stature because we are gaining the perspective of this regional approach. In fact, the Tristate now ranks as the largest metropolitan region by population throughout the states of Ohio and Kentucky. You have to go as far south as Atlanta to reach an area with comparable status, Chicago to the west, Detroit to the north. As shown in the story and photos also in this issue on the nearly-completed Great American Tower, prosperity for us is clearly achievable.

 We do have something to brag about; in fact we should look now to wield our strength as a region in many ways. I urge all to vote in the fall for leaders who are comfortable setting the pace on issues, those who won't accept the Tristate playing second fiddle to another region's interests, especially at the state level.

 We must now lead from the front, in areas including job growth. That means not accepting new programs driven around jobs that don't have real incentives for entrepreneurs to launch or grow their business. Another issue of importance that is gaining share of mind is immigration. Locally, we can support those seeking solutions to a complex issue rather than those who, by their actions, seemingly can't recall what bigotry our immigrant ancestors went through when seeking a better way of life in America.

 It is all these things we value and enjoy that give us this opportunity to be a "shining city on a hill," or in our case, make that seven hills. â–