By Perry Schaible
MASON - Mayor Peter Beck wrote to Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken on Wednesday to urge him to join a regional forum of mayors.
Beck's letter was sent in response to comments Luken made in a Sept. 28 talk before the Evendale Chamber of Commerce, where Luken said he would like to see the city and surrounding suburbs team up to attract businesses and jobs.
That's a goal of the newly formed Mayors Forum, a collaboration among regional communities to address common issues, Beck said.
"We hope that through cooperation and communication we could develop solutions to common problems we share," Beck said in the open letter to Luken.
Representatives from 11 municipalities in Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties met for an organizational meeting in September. Luken said he was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict.
The Cincinnati mayor said he would be glad to attend the Mayors Forum. "I'd be happy to go meet with them, fine with me. I think it's helpful," he said.
The forum will meet bi-monthly on the third Friday. The next meeting will be 7:30 a.m. Nov. 19 in the Fairfield. Municipal Center in Butler County.
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