Cincinnati's Dream Team

by Ronald W. Roberts, (M.ASCE), Manager; Civil Engineering Division, KZF, Inc.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 7, Pg. 42-44


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: For years, the cries of Cincinnati's Public Works Department and its civil engineers for infrastructure repair fell on deaf ears. In 1986, Mayor Charles Luken tried a new approach by forming the Cincinnati Infrastructure Commission—a volunteer group of community leaders given the task of making recommendations for infrastructure rehabilitation. Many civil engineers served on this 200-member commission as team leaders on various subcommittees. The commission leaders needed the civil engineers for their technical expertise, and the engineers needed the non-partisan clout of these respected citizens to help legitimize their recommendations. About a year after it was formed, the commission submitted its report to the City Council. The biggest accomplishment of the commission and the report was to highlight the importance of the maintaining the infrastructure to the people. The commission was so successful that voters passed a 0.1% city income tax hike with proceeds going for repairs.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Rehabilitation | Local governments | Engineers | Public policy

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