Is Ohio “Cool” Enough?

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Governor John Kasich says we’ve got to make Ohio “cool.” Do you think our state and city are “cool” enough?

Join us for a conversation about characteristics that make a place people want to live in. Is Ohio living up to these expectations? Or can it in the future?

Watch: Governor John Kasich on Making Ohio “Cool”

Guests:

  • John Zogby (Zogby poll founder)
  • Sean Creighton (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Executive Director)
  • Walker Evans (ColumbusUnderground.com founder/publisher)

Read More:

  • Kasich Defines What’s “Cool” but Leaves out Streetcar (Yahoo News)

Join The Conversation

  • buckeyekelly

    Try this on for size – NOTHING! It’s like when your mom or dad tries to be hip but then just falls flat. Get out of the way, stop try to legislate coolness.

    Case in point: The “brain drain” bills are actually going to hurt the STEM and professional students in the long run in terms of national rankings (honestly, if a 25yo doesn’t move out of his parents’ basement, do you think they did a great job preparing him for the real world? Same principle applies to post-docs and PhDs getting jobs at their home universities – LEAVE!).

    Young professionals, like me and my friends, leave for jobs and safe/nurturing environments. Defunding public education when we have children getting ready to go to school, pillaging state workers’ rights, snubbing the right of overtime in the private sector, defunding public safety, mental health, and local governments’ funding while giving corporations huge tax breaks to stay and *maybe* maintain minimum wage jobs is not sending a welcome sign into the sky.

    How about you actually TALK to the people you want to retain or attract?
    How about you actually INVESTIGATE why cities like Austin or Portland or even Minneapolis are attracting young professionals.

    I thought Columbus and Ohio were our forever homes (transplanted NYers). As soon as I get my degree we’re packing up and headed west. These policies have longterm effects and have sent a chilling message to YPers like me – unless you’re a lobbyist or a millionaire, we don’t care.

  • buckeyekelly

    Try this on for size – NOTHING! It’s like when your mom or dad tries to be hip but then just falls flat. Get out of the way, stop try to legislate coolness.

    Case in point: The “brain drain” bills are actually going to hurt the STEM and professional students in the long run in terms of national rankings (honestly, if a 25yo doesn’t move out of his parents’ basement, do you think they did a great job preparing him for the real world? Same principle applies to post-docs and PhDs getting jobs at their home universities – LEAVE!).

    Young professionals, like me and my friends, leave for jobs and safe/nurturing environments. Defunding public education when we have children getting ready to go to school, pillaging state workers’ rights, snubbing the right of overtime in the private sector, defunding public safety, mental health, and local governments’ funding while giving corporations huge tax breaks to stay and *maybe* maintain minimum wage jobs is not sending a welcome sign into the sky.

    How about you actually TALK to the people you want to retain or attract?
    How about you actually INVESTIGATE why cities like Austin or Portland or even Minneapolis are attracting young professionals.

    I thought Columbus and Ohio were our forever homes (transplanted NYers). As soon as I get my degree we’re packing up and headed west. These policies have longterm effects and have sent a chilling message to YPers like me – unless you’re a lobbyist or a millionaire, we don’t care.

  • Mary

    He’s such an ass.

  • LS

    Kasich wouldn’t know “cool” even if it smacked him across the face. What a freakin’ square masquerading as someone who can initiate positive growth in this economy. Hate that dude.

  • Creatingadream

    If you make Ohio “green,” you make Ohio “cool.”