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parents at age 22, reinforcing the idea of having walkable communities. “If you want a vibrant, growing, economy, one More than 400 Hamilton County business(thing) is you need to create great places to live people and officials crowded Carmel’s Mansion that will drive people back to want to be here,” at Oak Hill for the Hamilton business County Chambers Luncheon, Murphy said. “The other is you need to create the kind of jobs that you’re seeing growing featuring guest speaker Tom here.” Murphy last Wednesday. Murphy said in this economy, communities Murphy, senior resident fellow at Urban Land “can’t blink,” and leaders need to Institute, a not-for-profit, was mayor reach high for opportunities, despite of Pittsburgh for three consecutive naysayers, instead of settling for terms, during which a public-private the lowest common denominator. partnership strategy “leveraged He said Hamilton County’s commore than $4.5 billion in economic munities need to band together development in the city,” according to be successful in pulling in new to Mark Robbins of the Legacy Fund, businesses. who introduced him, among a litany His final points focused on of other accomplishments. development. “Why am I here,” Murphy asked. “There’s always going to be 100 “You’re doing everything right.” Murphy people showing up at a meeting, at He went on to outline important least, giving you a reason why you shouldn’t do factors in navigating the 21st-century economy and what Hamilton County needs to do to move something different,” he said. “It’s the wrong place. It’s the wrong color. It’s too big. It’s forward successfully. too small, and always, we never have enough “Education is the single most important money to do that. If they get to define the investment a community could make in that agenda, nothing happens. What I have learned, marketplace,” he said. repeatedly, is that it ultimately is not about the He noted a demographic shift, outlining the money, it’s not about how you put it together. major differences between the gigantic millenIt really is about whether you have the communial population and the Baby Boomers. nity will to make it happen.” Murphy cited a GM survey saying millennials are six times less likely to own a car than their

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