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Fodor's Travel explains why Cincinnati is now "a destination for those in the know"


Cincinnati is "stepping up its game and becoming a destination for those in the know," writes David Duran at Fodor's Travel in a post titled "Long Weekend in Cincinnati."

"Neighborhoods are diversifying, bringing more and more locals to the actual city center, which is in turn bringing more restaurants, shops and culture to areas that might have been lacking but were just waiting for a little TLC," Duran continues. "Cincinnati might surprise you, so a weekend away could be all it takes to convince you of how great the city truly is."

His itinerary included Friday night drinks at 21c Museum Hotel and dinner at Sotto; Saturday in Over-the-Rhine, including a walking tour and beer sampling at Rhinegeist, Taft's Ale House and Christian Moerlein; and Sunday at Findlay Market and Washington Park.

Read the full Fodor's Travel story here.

 

Contemporary Arts Center was one of Zaha Hadid's most striking designs, says New York Times


The New York Times offers a tribute to architect Zaha Hadid, who died March 31 at age 65, by highlighting her seven most striking designs, including the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts downtown.

The former Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp, one of Hadid’s great champions, famously wrote of the new CAC facility in 2003: "Might as well blurt it out: The Rosenthal Center is the most important American building to be completed since the end of the Cold War."

Read the full New York Times story here.
 

KPMG study shows Cincinnati as most cost-friendly business location among large U.S. cities


Cincinnati is the most cost-friendly city to do business among the 31 largest U.S. metro areas, according to the recently released 2016 Competitive Alternatives study by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG.

Favorable leasing costs and low property taxes contributed to Cincinnati's first place ranking in the study, which compares 26 key cost components in each market — including costs associated with taxes, labor, facilities, transportation and utilities — as they apply to seven different business-to-business service sector operations and 12 different manufacturing sector operations.

"Many factors go into site selection decisions, and a study such as ours helps businesses, city leaders and economic development teams begin to consider investments that should ultimately be good for the community and good for business," says Ulrich Schmidt, a managing director in KPMG's Global Location and Expansion Services practice, which helps companies that are expanding, relocating or consolidating their facilities.

Read the full KPMG report here.
 

Forbes rates Cincinnati as #15 best U.S. city for recent college grads


College graduates today face better job prospects than those from a few years ago but are typically saddled by student loan debt, Forbes magazine writes, so "they would be wise to consider carefully where to start their careers."

To find out which cities offer the best overall prospects for college-educated workers with five years of experience or less, Forbes has crunched data on job growth, unemployment rates, pay and cost of living in America’s largest 100 metro areas. Its resulting 2016 list of the 20 Best Cities for Young Professionals includes Cincinnati at #15.

The top cities, according to Forbes, are either job-heavy economic powerhouses where the pay is high and the cost of living is too (places like San Francisco at #1 and Silicon Valley at #2) or underrated mid-tier markets where the pay is still decent but the cost of living is a relative bargain.

According to the numbers, Cincinnati's median salary for college grads with 0-5 years experience is $50,800; the population with bachelor's degree is 31.44%; the average yearly job growth (2015-2017) is 1.96%; and the cost of living is 8.17% below the national average.

Two regional cities finished ahead of Cincinnati — Columbus at #7 and Indianapolis at #10.

Read the full Forbes list and methodology here.
 

Chefs around the country share why wood-fire cooking sparks their creativity


Just a few years ago, Kat Kinsman writes on the Tasting Table website, the dining world was poised to drown in a gurgle of futuristic gels, spheres and foams far removed from the sensory experiences most people might associate with food. That disconnect might factor into 80 percent of the 2016 semifinalists for the James Beard Best New Restaurant award featuring dishes containing the words "wood-grilled," "smoked" and "ember" on their current menus.

"Wood-fire cooking is roaring back in a big way," Kinsman says, "and chefs from coast to coast are using this ancient technique to spark some creative thinking in their kitchens."

One of the leading wood-fire experts she profiles is Jared Bennett, executive chef of Metropole in the 21c Museum Hotel downtown who "wants diners to really feel — and taste — the burn."

The article goes on to explore Bennett's menu at length, delighting in his mix of modern techniques "with ripping-hot wood-fired heat to distinctive effect."

Tasting Table describes itself as "a website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts." Read the full story here.
 

How the smart cities like Cincinnati use Internet of Things to attract young, skilled workforce


Social media expert and management professor Beverly Macy writes in Huffington Post about the coming connectivity explosion through embrace of the Internet of Things, saying there will be 24 billion IoT devices installed globally by 2020 and $6 trillion invested in IoT solutions over the next five years.

As the "great digital transformation of 2016" proceeds in both the private and public sectors around the globe, Macy says, we'll all be affected by the digital innovation in more ways than one.

She says the nation's "smart cities" are attracting a youthful and highly skilled workforce with "livability and connectedness" as key selling points, using Cincinnati as a prime example. As part of the White House’s TechHire Initiative, Cincinnati is looking to retrain displaced workers as application developers who could be hired on in IoT startups popping up or by companies like local manufacturer Mazak Corp.

Read the full Huffington Post story here.
 

UC/Louisville split shows how football's power lurks behind the men's basketball tournament


As the NCAA men's basketball tournament officially opens today, The New York Times delves into the widening revenue/spending chasm between the “Power 5” football conferences and everyone else in Division I. The conclusion: even though UC and UConn remain competitive in the American Athletic Conference and Xavier and Villanova remain high-profile in the basketball-only Big East, the split between college sports' haves and have-nots threatens to destroy the basketball tournament's appeal.

The Times says “an instructive, if imperfect, analogy” of the widening split is illustrated by the University of Cincinnati and the University of Louisville, only 100 miles apart.

“Each has a respected basketball pedigree, and both are former members of the Big East,” Marc Tracy writes. “But when the old Big East broke apart a few years ago, scattering members into new leagues, Cincinnati landed in the American, and its budget indicated that it planned to spend a hair over $6 million on men’s basketball last year. By contrast, Louisville, seen by Southern football powers as an enviable rival, landed in the A.C.C., and it spent more than $12 million on men’s basketball in 2014, the last year for which figures are available.”

“I don’t see how all of that revenue they get for football is neutral for basketball,” Commissioner Amy Huchthausen of the America East Conference is quoted as saying. “It doesn’t all get spent on football. It gets spent on the whole athletics program.”

UC and Xavier both open NCAA Tournament play tomorrow night.

Read the full New York Times story here.
 

Many Ohio cities, including Cincinnati, aren't feeling Gov. Kasich's "miracle"


Ohio Gov. John Kasich is banking on winning tomorrow's Republican Party primary to keep his presidential campaign alive. He's been running radio and TV ads running across the state and elsewhere claiming “Ohio is booming again, and you know he could do the same for America.”

Kasich has repeatedly called Ohio “one of the fastest growing states in the country” and dubbed the transformation the “Ohio Miracle,” holding the state up as a model for Rust Belt recession recovery. But there's one problem with that message, Next City reports.

“According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio has now gone 38 straight months with job growth below the national average,” Daniel McGraw writes. “And a recent report from the entrepreneur-driven Economic Innovation Group ranked three Ohio cities — Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo — in the top 10 of the 'most distressed cities' in America.”

McGraw says the divergence of Kasich's campaign claims vs. the reality of Ohio's urban distress begs the questions economists have long held: Do governors have much impact over their state economies, and should they get credit or blame?

Next City is a nonprofit organization providing daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world.

Read the full Next City story here.
 

Cincinnati lags behind other Midwestern cities for immigrants establishing roots


Coastal cities such as Los Angeles, Miami and New York have long been viewed as the gateways for immigrants starting new lives in America, Governing Magazine says, but the best immigrant-friendly strategies these days are to be found in the Midwest.

“Places like Indianapolis and Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, have pursued a wide range of immigrant-friendly strategies, in part to prop up vulnerable economies and stem population losses,” Mike Maciag writes. “Other Rust Belt jurisdictions are joining them.” Cincinnati is not among the top destinations for immigrants, according to the magazine's analysis of U.S. Census data.

“The Midwest is becoming the new gateway,” Guadalupe Velasquez, who coordinates the New American Initiative for the city of Columbus, tells Governing.

Governing compared Census data collected between 2005-2009 with data from 2010-2014 for all cities with populations of at least 100,000. Maciag's story accompanying the data highlights five cities with the best immigrant initiatives: Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Louisville and Baltimore.

Read the full Governing Magazine story here.
 

Cincinnati one of America's 10 best new cities for beer lovers


Fortune Magazine has a new feature story about the top 10 U.S. cities with great under-the-radar craft beer scenes, including Cincinnati.

"Other cities are starting to build strong reputations of their own," the story says after citing San Diego, Denver, Portland and San Francisco as national craft beer powerhouses. "To avoid any regional bias, we spoke to people throughout the beer industry — from brewers to hop farmers — to get their take on areas that are showing a lot of potential, though may still be under-the-radar on a national basis."

The craft brewery industry has exploded across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the story says, and mentions two breweries with large expansions: Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine and MadTree, which is preparing to build an $18 million brewery and taproom in Oakley.

Read the full Fortune story here.
 

8 best places to try Cincinnati's "remarkable chili"


The Daily Meal website returns to one of the national media's favorite regional food topics, Cincinnati chili, with a guide to eight key places in Southwest Ohio to try the crazy concoction. The writer makes a point to say he excluded Northern Kentucky spots on purpose, perhaps setting the stage for a future story.

"Even people who have never set foot in Cincinnati know that the city is crazy for chili," Matt Sulem writes. "However, locals will tell you that the only insane thing about chili is how good it is at the source. Not to mention instances when people dare to eat it the wrong way."

You'll have to find out all eight locations on your own, but Sulem offers a nice mix of the obvious (Skyline, Gold Star, Camp Washington) and small neighborhood chili parlors.

The Daily Meal, published by New York-based Spanfeller Media Group, "delivers a fresh take on dining news and trends and helps you succeed in the kitchen while highlighting the unifying aspects of food and drink and celebrating the people who create them."

See the Daily Meal Cincinnati chili slideshow here.
 

How "Carol" helped bring Hollywood to Cincinnati


"We hear a lot these days about the revival of many of once-great American cities, from the Rust Belt of Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and all the way down to Houston," John Oseid writes in the Forbes lifestyle section. "Everyone's got their own list, but most anyone's should include Cincinnati."

Oseid (author bio: "I cover the world of travel with gusto ... literally, the world") says the film industry has helped put Cincinnati on the path to revival.

"Carol director Todd Haynes is known, per The New York Times, for his meticulous period recreations, and recognized that Cincinnati was a goldmine of locations," he writes, mentioning a litany of other films that were shot in the area recently: Don Cheadle's "highly-anticipated" Miles Ahead, Marauders starring Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni, hometown actress Royalty Hightower's breakout role in The Fits, James Franco's Goat and Mickey Rourke's boxing movie Tiger.

Forbes references a University of Cincinnati study saying this cinematic activity amounted to 8,880 local jobs created and $54 million in direct spending over the last two years alone. Oseid ends his story with this tip: "Should you wish to shoot your next movie in Hollywood on the Ohio, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission is waiting for your call."

Read the full Forbes story here.
 

Cincinnati ranked #4 healthiest U.S. city thanks to "highly rated" doctors


The Better Doctors website ranks the best doctors across the U.S. via a data-driven algorithm that accounts for a doctor's education, experience and referral network, and occasionally the site uses its data to tell related stories.

Last week the site ranked the 50 largest U.S. cities according to four criteria: the American Fitness Index of residents' fitness and general health, the percentage of residents with health coverage, the number of physicians per 1,000 residents and (the secret sauce) the percentage of doctors in each city "that are highly rated according to Better Doctor's comprehensive, seven-variable algorithm."

Cincinnati is ranked #4, up from #10 last year "with a large increase in highly rated doctors and relatively high ranking in all other categories," according to the story. The top three ranked cities are Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Boston.

Better Doctors says it obtained data from the American Fitness Index, U.S. Census and its own proprietary data, coming up with a score for each city that weighted AFI at 40% of the overall score, the percentage of highly rated doctors at 20%, the number of primary care physicians per 1,000 residents at 20% and the percentage of residents with health insurance at 20%.

Read the full Better Doctor ratings here.
 

Battle over Scalia's replacement already spilling into Ohio Senate race


The Washington Post features Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and his re-election campaign as a key example of how the upcoming battle to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could impact this fall's Senate races in swing states.

Portman has come out in favor of President Obama deferring the choice of a new Supreme Court justice to the next president, who will be elected in November and take office in January 2017. Portman's Democratic opponents, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, disagree and intend to portray Portman as an obstructionist.

The Post quotes Strickland saying that Portman was “failing to do his job, shirking his responsibilities to our nation, jeopardizing the institutions of our democracy and engaging in exactly the kind of dysfunctional behavior that frustrates Ohioans about Congress.” Sittenfeld was quoted as saying that Portman advocated actions that would “put the Senate in violation of both historical precedent and the clear language of the Constitution itself.”

Portman responded in a statement: “With the election less than nine months away, I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.”

Read the full Washington Post story here.
 

Artfully rebuilding in Covington


The national website of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has a section called "Our Stories" to share examples of successful community-building efforts from its 30-plus offices across the U.S. The local story featured last week was "Rebuilding, Artfully, in Kentucky" and covered the amazing work LISC Cincinnati has done in Covington in partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods.

"More and more, community developers are using arts and culture, so integral to the character and identity of a flourishing place, to catalyze neighborhood renewal," national writer Alina Tugend says in her introduction. "In Covington, Ky., this kind of creative placemaking has helped brighten and invigorate communities that have struggled with blight, crime and abandonment, particularly the city’s Westside area. Today, Covington has more welcoming public spaces, affordable homes and new businesses than since its 20th-century heyday as the iron fence capital of the world."

Read the full story on the LISC national website here.
 
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