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CVG continues to draw national attention


Even though CVG has only one terminal, it's growing. It recently attracted new airlines (Southwest), new flights (Allegiant and Frontier) and another airline (Delta) is growing at CVG for the first time in decades. Now it's on the list of top 100 airports in the world.

It's landed on the list among world-renowned international airports like Singapore, which came in at no. 1, and Heathrow, which cracked the top 10. It also climbed up the list from 2016, when it landed at no. 32, to no. 26 this year.

CVG also received three other awards from Skytrax:
  • No. 2 for Best Airport in North America
  • No. 2 for World’s Best Regional Airport
  • No. 5 for Best Airport Staff in North America
To see the full list of award winners, click here.

Putting down roots: MadTree shares secrets of its success with Inc. magazine


Every startup begins with an idea, a vision or a dream, and MadTree Brewing is no different. It opened in 2013 and soon became the first modern craft brewery in Ohio to can its beer. In Year Two, it landed in the top 5 percent of all regional craft breweries in the country (by volume).

Co-founders Brady Duncan and Kenny McNutt have been successful by staying true to who they are and by consistently brewing some kick ass beer. They care about their employees and the community, and over the years have done numerous fundraisers.

MadTree's second location in Oakley has been packed from Day One. Take a look at how and why they've been so successful in this interview with Inc.

 

Three Cincinnati restaurants make OpenTable's top 100


Only nine Ohio restaurants made OpenTable's list of the 100 best restaurants in the country, and three of those restaurants call Cincinnati home.

E+O Kitchen in Hyde Park and Mita's and Nada, which are both downtown, made the prestigious list.

In order to come up with the final list, OpenTable analyzes over 10,000,000 reviews from verified diners of more than 24,000 restaurants all over the United States.
 
OpenTable makes it easy to check out reviews of the Top 100 eateries, as well as make reservations straight from the list.

Rhinegeist founder used data algorithm to determine future


Before co-founding Rhinegeist Brewery, Bob Bonder was working in San Francisco for a business consulting firm. He used his company's data algorithm to predict what his next move should be.

Originally, Bonder thought about opening a bed-and-breakfast in Brazil, but after the algorithm revealed that Asheville, NC, and Cincinnati were the best places for him to pursue his love of coffee, he spent time in each city and decided the Queen City was the place for him. He started Tazza Mia Coffee, but realized that Cincinnatians loved beer even more than coffee. 

He teamed up with Bryant Goulding, who had experience in the craft beer industry, and they opened Rhinegeist in 2013.

To read the full article about Rhinegeist's beginnings and success, click here.
 

Local startup makes list of top up-and-coming startups in the world


In 2009, market researcher Quid (then called YouNoodle) put together a list of the world's 50 most promising startups. Although a number of the companies named to that initial list don't exist anymore, others like Evernote and Spotify have increased exponentially in value.

Quid put together another list, and based its findings on these top three criteria:
  • Have the founders worked together before?
  • Is the business in a popular sector?
  • Has it raised funding quickly?
After researching 50,000 startups, it came up with a list that includes Cincinnati's own Eccrine Systems. It is developing a non-invasive, electronic wearable system that measures and transmits real-time data about human sweat; since its inception, the company has raised a total of $8.9 million.

To see Quid's full list of rising star startups, read this article from Bloomberg.

Cincinnati one of the best cities for vintage homebuyers


TV shows like This Old House and Fixer Upper have inspired homeowners to purchase older, outdated homes. They're looking for that perfect house to flip, and Cincinnati has plenty of turn-of-the-century options.

Much of Cincinnati's housing stock is from the mid- to late-1800s, and although many of those houses have received updates like new roofs, electric and plumbing over the years, there is still so much potential to make these houses your own.

Apartment Theory recently compiled a list of its top 10 cities to purchase a "vintage" home, and Cincinnati came in at no. 9, with the average home price of $170,000.

To see what other cities are on the list, click here.
 

Newport Aquarium in running for nation's 10 best


The Newport Aquarium has received a number of national accolades in recent years, and was recently nominated as one of USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Aquariums” in the country.

On March 27, a panel of zoo and family travel experts will weigh in to decide where to bestow the honor, and Newport Aquarium is asking visitors and local residents to vote here to help our local aquarium garner a top spot.

Since voting opened, Newport Aquarium has excelled in rankings and currently stands at no. 4 in the nation.

Voters can submit choices once per day until the deadline. Winners will be announced on March 31.

Cast your vote and learn more about aquariums nationwide here.


Covington's Wunderbar named one of the best restaurants in Kentucky


Wunderbar, a favorite in Covington's MainStrasse Village, is considered one of Kentucky's best restaurants, according to the website Best of Kentucky.

Wunderbar is known for its giant pretzel, but the menu doesn't stop there. It features traditional German dishes like beer cheese, homemade sausages and sauerkraut. There's also an extensive craft beer list, featuring both local and national brews.

To see the 14 other restaurants named to Best of Kentucky's list, click here.

Economic development wins Cincinnati spot on Governer's Cup list


Site Selection recently released its Governor's Cup recipients, which is a list of cities, metropolitan areas and states that receive recognition for economic development. Cincinnati made the list in the category Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier One New and Expanded Facilities in 2016 (Metros with populations over 1 million).

In the past 5-10 years, Greater Cincinnati has seen a huge boom in economic development. Projects like the American Can Lofts in Northside, Rhinegeist and the Hellmann Creative Center in Covington took blighted and underutilized buildings and turned them into something completely different.

There are countless new developments, such as The Banks, that involved razing and clearing a site and starting from scratch. Both new and redevelopment projects have brought millions of dollars of investment to the area. 

To see all Governor's Cup recipients, click here.

Cincinnati 4th best midsize city for college basketball fans


It’s time for Cincinnati basketball lovers to don their gear and start getting excited for one of sports’ best-loved traditions.

With March Madness drawing nigh, the personal finance website WalletHub releases its “Best & Worst Cities for College Basketball Fans.” Cincinnati ranked 19th overall and fourth among midsize cities.

Check out these March Madness fun facts to get into the spirit of the season:

  • $7.3M: Annual salary of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski (He's paid 6X more than Duke's president.), making him the highest paid college basketball coach.    
  • 17X: Difference between the average NBA rookie's salary ($1.99M) and the average value of a college basketball player's tuition, room and board ($120K).    
  • $8.9B: Estimated amount wagered illegally on the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament.    
  • 3.5 million: Extra barrels of American beer are produced each March.    
  • $66M: Tournament's impact on Dayton's economy since 2001.

Click here for WalletHub’s full report.


UC grad named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List


Mario Jovan Shaw, a 2012 University of Cincinnati grad, made Forbes' list of 30 Under 30 in the social entrepreneurship category.

Shaw and business partner Jason Terrell started Profound Gentlemen, an education-based nonprofit. The organization is made up of 100 male educators of color from around the country who provide mentorship to young men of color.

Shaw joins 599 other standout artists, techies, educators, scientists, foodies, gamers, doctors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, entertainers, lawyers, marketers, musicians and athletes in this year's 30 Under 30 class.

To read more about the 600 members of 2017's class of 30 Under 30, click here.

American Sign Museum's CoSign project expanding to Iowa City


CoSign provided new signs to local businesses in Northside and Covington, and now it's launching nationally. Its first stop: Iowa City.

The program pairs business owners with local artists and professional sign manufacturers to design, create and install new signs for the business' storefronts. CoSign helps create a sense of place, and adds vibrancy to neighborhood business districts.

CoSign launched in Northside in 2012, and crossed the river to Covington in 2014. Iowa City's new signs will be installed and unveiled in August during MidWestOne Bank's "Rock the Chalk" event. 

To read more about why the American Sign Museum chose Iowa City, click here.

Cincinnati one of the top cities in the country for conventions


Each year, Cincinnati plays host to a multitude of conventions: Cavalcade of Customs, Cincinnati Comic Expo, Cincinnati Food and Wine Festival, Cincy Beerfest, FounderCon (2016), HorrorHound Weekend, MLB All-star Weekend (2015) and more. These events are what put Cincinnati at the top of MeetingSource.com's list of cities in the United States to hold a convention in.

One hundred and seventy-six cities that are popular for holding large conventions were ranked across five site selection factors: Affordability, Ease of Access, Safety, Walkability and Promotional Appeal.

Cincinnati joins Austin, Charlotte and Salt Lake City as the best locations to host a medium-sized convention. Fargo, Portland, Silicon Valley and Tacoma, Wash., are great for small conventions, and Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco topped the large convention category.

For more information regarding MeetingSource's findings, click here.
 

Ohio fast becoming best U.S. state to launch a startup


Cincinnati native Michael Markesbery’s performance apparel startup is a case study in why Ohio might be the next Silicon Valley.
 
Markesbery relied on the emerging local startup ecosystem to fill in sizable gaps in his understanding of commercial business strategy. He credits Cincinnati’s hands-on culture, as well as seed capital from Columbus-based NCT Ventures, with helping make his business model scalable.
 
When asked if Markesbery would ever consider packing up and moving their Oros Apparel to Los Angeles or New York, he replies, “Not a chance. I might be biased, but Ohio is the best place to launch a startup in America.”
 
Read the full Forbes.com article here.

 

Jose Salazar semifinalist for James Beard Award


Jose Salazar, chef and owner of Mita's and Salazar, is the only Ohio chef to be named as a semifinalist for a James Beard Award.

He's nominated in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category, specifically for his work at Mita's. Award nominees will be announced on March 15; you can follow the nominations in real-time on Facebook Live and Twitter.

Salazar started off his career as the executive chef at The Palace, then moved to Abigail Street to work for fellow chef and restaurateur Daniel Wright. He opened Salazar in 2013, and Mita's in 2015.

See the full list of James Beard Award Restaurant and Chef semifinalists here.
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