The “Upside”

Ken Suer - Council member

by Ken Suer

The City has recently been working on a branding and imaging campaign to refresh our look and message.  Surveys were conducted to gather input from current and prospective residents, visitors, business owners, and City employees.  People were asked, “What are notable things that define Montgomery for you?”  It was interesting to see the responses.  Here, in my opinion, are just a few of the really positive things about our community:

THE MONTGOMERY CITIZENS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (MCLA) – What a great program! Twelve years now completed with over three hundred graduates.  Consider enrolling for the next class!  Applications are available now.

NUMBER ONE! – Last summer Cincy magazine selected Montgomery as the #1 top suburb in the Tri-State area in a ranking of fifty Tri-State suburbs. Each year we are at or near the top of the list.

HEALTH CARE – Lots of doctors, two hospitals and overall a fine hub for medical services.  (Bethesda North Hospital ranked among the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation in a 2018 survey.)

BUSINESS – The dynamic Montgomery Chamber of Commerce now has more than 300 members!

HISTORIC PRESERVATION – We have 32 recognized historic sites in the city including five on the National Register of Historic Places.

SCHOOLS – In the last two years, Sycamore Community Schools has ranked among US News and World Report’s “Best High Schools in America”, Newsweek’s “America’s Top High Schools”, and Niche’s “Best School Districts” in Cincinnati.

RECREATION- The City offers six parks, a pool, and a nature preserve and contains approximately 96 acres of protected green space.

TREES – For 23 years in a row, Montgomery has been honored with the nationally recognized Tree City USA award.

EVENTS – The Independence Day Celebration Parade and Festival, Bastille Day, the Car Show, Harvest Moon Family Festival, Holiday in the Village, BAMSO concerts, Live at the Uni concerts, Photo Contest, etc..

RESTAURANTS Here is just a partial list: Montgomery Inn, Stone Creek Dining Company, Carlo and Johnny’s, Napa Kitchen, Forno, Toast and Berry, The Original Pancake House, Bones Burgers, Brooklyn Pizza, European Café, etc.

VOLUNTEERS – A veritable army of dedicated volunteers put in countless hours of quality service every year.

HOSPITALITY – The Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes awareness and appreciation of the community’s cultural diversity. (Sycamore Community Schools recently counted 54 nationalities and 41 spoken languages.)

CITY STAFF- An outstanding, exceptionally hard-working, professional group.

NEIGHBORHOODS – Montgomery is a walkable, runnable, and bikeable community. You can see people doing all of these activities all the time.  Our neighborhoods are safe, attractive, and great places to raise a family.

RESIDENTS – We have LOTS of first-rate people —- the best factor of all!

In a world of rampant “downside” negativity, blaming and complaining, it is easy to lose sight of the “upside”.  I think Montgomery is a great place to live and I hope you agree.  Have a good summer!