We're excited to present our seventh annual "Rating the Burbs" cover feature and study. I say study because the effort takes a good three months. I want to congratulate Bill Ferguson, Jr. on his exhaustive and detailed work pulling all of the necessary information from the many governmental entities and various associations. We take pride in having the numbers speak for themselves, but we always welcome your feedback about how we might improve the feature that is a perennial favorite.

What better way to compliment our "Rating the Burbs" coverage than with an exclusive interview and feature of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Cincy's Peter Bronson joined the governor for an entire day of activities and gives you an inside look into what's on the mind of our state's highest elected official. The funding of our state, communities and other things are front and center in their discussion.

I also want to give a proper farewell to one of our city's strongest leaders in the last decade. Sadly for many in the St. Xavier Parish downtown, Father Eric Knapp will be departing soon to continue his Jesuit training outside of our region. For those who know Father Knapp, you understand his charismatic presence has served not only the parish, but also the downtown neighborhood as well.

Under his stewardship, the congregation rapidly grew to more than 650 families. His homilies (or sermons) were so popular, they became standing room only events. It's fascinating to see his influence on both the young professionals living downtown as well as newly arrived baby boomers, who chose an urban environment after downsizing from a home in the suburbs. Father Knapp's personal approach served both, and in doing so created a home for many who crave the newfound energy of the city that "has its groove back."

Godspeed Father Knapp. We wish you continued success in your new endeavors.