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Glass City ‘think tank’ discusses improvement

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Movers, shakers, dreamers and doers in the Glass City came together Thursday to talk about how to take Toledo to the top.

"This is just the beginning of what we're doing," said Dave Schlaudecker, from Leadership Toledo. "If everybody served the community, think what our community would be."

Thursday's event was a platform to re-imagine Toledo.

"We want to raise the level of thinking in Toledo, and get people talking and doing, and putting action behind making Toledo a better place to live," said Will Lucas, of TEDx Toledo.

So 23 speakers took the stage to give the talk of their lives – in 18 minutes or less.

"TEDx is one of the few places you can go in the world where you'll see a CEO sitting next to a farmer, or a teacher sitting next to, you know, an artist," Lucas explained. "What we want to do is create a really eclectic audience [of people] that don't normally get a chance to talk to each other and be able to dialogue about moving Toledo forward."

The take-away after seven hours of mingling and sharing was an affirmation of treasure in the city limits.

"It's not to go to New York, go off to California and Chicago," said Dr. Romules Durant, interim superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. "It's actually that the intelligence is here in the area. I think it's about taking advantage of that intelligence and creating collective intelligence to help provide for a better city."

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