Hoping to find ways to help Ohio retain its best and brightest, a group of college presidents, business executives, politicians and others will gather today at the University of Cincinnati to devise strategies to combat the state's "brain drain."

In the first of six statewide conferences on how to better position Ohio's economy for the 21st century, college students will join Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, UC President Nancy Zimpher and other political, academic and business leaders to examine how to keep more college graduates - and jobs - in Ohio.

Gov. Ted Strickland got a blunt lesson on the need to staunch the brain drain last spring in Cincinnati when he visited Taft Information Technology High School. When nine of the school's top seniors shared their plans with him, none saw attending college in Ohio in his or her future.

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