Pounds: Toledo VisionWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the great rewards of founding and operating Toledo Free Press for nearly nine years has been the exposure to a tremendous array of people and ideas. One of the Toledo Free Press contributors I am most impressed by and proud to know is Dan Johnson, former president of the University of Toledo.
For several years, whether he was in Toledo or serving as COO of Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dahbi, United Arab Emirates, Johnson has contributed columns that show he has kept Toledo in his heart and ever-busy mind.
In his 2009 book “Talking Points for Toledo: Strategies for Developing Our City and Region,” Johnson reprinted many of his Toledo Free Press columns in an effort to spur conversation about the city’s future. His brand-new book, “Toledo Vision,” collects another 50 or so columns that offer a road map and compass for growth and prosperity in Toledo.
As Toledo Mayor Mike Bell writes in the book’s forward, “Johnson’s book will help change Toledo’s image and let people know what this city is really all about.”
The collection offers, in Johnson’s words, “personal reflections on strategies, best practices and bold initiatives” for Toledo.
It covers broad topics such as regional economic development, collaborative momentum and the future of higher education, plus more specific snapshots in time such as the COSI (Imagination Station) levy, Christmas in Dubai and a discussion on meta-planning.
“There are few cities in America, or in the world for that matter, that have the qualities and characteristics that have been bequeathed to Toledo by nature, history and earlier generations,” Johnson writes in the book’s introduction. “Yet the question remains: Can we put these pieces together? Can we connect the dots? Can we get our act together to create a city and region that is more than the sum of its parts? Can Toledo be a truly great city?”
Johnson’s answer is “yes,” but he is not a man who deals with pie-in-the-sky dreams. He has experience, knowledge and a realm of contacts to inform his optimism. That combination of realism and hope infuses “Toledo Vision,” and it should be absorbed and discussed by everyone with a stake in our region’s future.
Email me if you are interested in obtaining a copy of Johnson’s important and vital new book.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.
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