National Geographic : 2001 Jul
miles beyond it, rolling inexorably toward a confluence with Dayton in the once and for mer cornfields of Butler and Warren Counties. "This is one of the largest and fastest grow ing communities in Warren County," Dan Theno was saying with a proud smile. Theno is the director of economic development and community relations for Deerfield Township. We were sitting in his office just off U.S. 22, a thoroughfare so congested at rush hour that the township trustees are begging the state for a major widening. Theno said, "We're more than 25,000 residents now. We're heading on a hundred million dollars of new development a year. We're putting up 600 new homes a year. HAS BECOME SO FAMILIAR. Sure, good schools here are a primary draw. But so are jobs. We've got over 800 businesses right here in Deerfield, including some big names like Hewlett-Packard." To illustrate how aggressively the township is inviting such growth, Theno handed me a slick 24-page special advertising section that appeared in Cincinnati Magazine. Iescrib ing Deerfield as "a township for tomorrow," the promotional copy reflected Dan Theno's enthusiasm for the way Greater Cincinnati has expanded into this corner of Warren County. "Where rolling fields of corn once flourished," the lead article declared, "businesses and resi dential communities have sprouted seemingly overnight, providing jobs and housing for the Tristate population as it moves north...."