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Cincinnati and Covington both make Travel + Leisure's list of best places to travel


Travel + Leisure recently named its top 50 travel destinations in the world, and Cincinnati and Covington both made the list because of the investment made by developers and the community to reinvigorate the region.

Cincinnati's must-see destinations include Over-the-Rhine and Union Terminal, and reasons to visit in the near future include Music Hall and Ziegler Park, both after renovations are completed, of course.

Locations in Covington include the newly opened Hotel Covington, which is in a former department store.

See the full list of destinations here.
 

Cintrifuse lauded for its work with startups and entrepreneurs


Cintrifuse is getting national attention for its work with Cincinnati-based startups and entrepreneurs from Industry Week.

Cintrifuse manages a 38,000-square-foot building in Over-the-Rhine, and works with startups and local entrepreneurs in a number of capacities. Its CEO Wendy Lea says it is part accelerator, part incubator and part co-working space.

She would like to see Cintrifuse expand on the national and international level, much like TechStars in Boulder, Colo. TechStars held its annual reunion of graduates, called FounderCon, earlier this fall in Cincinnati.

Read the full story here.

 

The New York Times celebrates Cincinnati's Overlook Lodge

The New York Times has discovered a Pleasant Ridge watering hole which pays homage to "The Shining," The Overlook Lodge.

In a Nov. 21  travel story which takes a look at movie bars, The Times considers the eerie details of the homey bar, from the axes on the wall, to the illuminated sign outside: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

A typewriter sits by the door, a square of carpet outside the bathroom — movie reference points. The cocktails menu includes Green Lady, Writer’s Block, the Summer Caretaker, the Elevator and Twin Shots, a reference to the film’s spooky girl ghosts. The decor runs to rustic chic with antler chandeliers, timbered eaves, a big stone fireplace and mid-century modern chairs.

Read more about Cincinnati movie bars in The New York Times.

People's Liberty draws national attention


One local experiment in philanthropy is drawing attention from groups around the country that are curious about the potential upside of spreading money through unusual channels.

Governing the States and Localities featured an article on People’s Liberty fellowships, through the Haile U.S. Bank Foundation. The fellowships allow recipients to take a year off to try to make their idea happen. Other grantees receive five-figure sums to carry out local initiatives that are innovative and achievable within a set time frame.

Plenty of people bat around good ideas for revitalizing empty storefronts or overgrown lots, said Jake Hodesh, vice president of People’s Liberty. The foundation not only gives them cash, but also helps them get set up. It’s an experiment in philanthropy that’s drawing attention from groups around the country that are curious about the potential upside of spreading money through unusual channels.

Read more.

Military Times ranks NKU among best for veterans

The Military Times reports Northern Kentucky University is among the top universities in the nation for military veterans. The publication’s eighth annual “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” list ranks NKU 47th among 175 four-year institutions for the services and support it provides to military veterans and their families.

The Military Times ranking process includes a detailed survey of services and programs, financial incentives and campus life. Institutions are evaluated in several categories, with campus culture and academic programs weighted most heavily.
 
The ranking includes data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.
 
This is the fourth year NKU has been included in the rankings; it's the only college or university in Greater Cincinnati to make the list.
 
NKU serves more than 500 veterans, active family members, National Guardsmen, Reservists, and ROTC students. The Veterans Resource Station, established in 2013, provides assistance with applications, financial aid, VA education benefits, advising, registration, career services and more.
 
 
 

Cincinnati 7th best baseball city in country

This week of the World's Series, Cincinnati was named seventh best city for baseball fans in the nation. They compared 361 U.S. cities, each with at least one professional or college baseball team and ranked them based on 25 key indicators of baseball-fan friendliness.
Cincinnati scored well on fan engagement; Cincinnatians ranked fifth for most engaged fans. Our ticket prices are fan friendly as well, winning a spot as number four for cheapest ticket prices.
But it was the accessibility of Great American Ballpark that scored it the top spot.
Read more rankings here.

 

Cincinnati Library wins national innovator award

The Urban Libraries Council named the the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County one of the top innovators of 2016 for a new collections program. 

Readers select their favorite authors on the library website and every time an item becomes available by an author a hold is automatically placed in the reader's preferred format so readers never miss a release by a favorite author. So far 1752 people have subscribed to Hot Tickets and 12,780 to Hot Authors.

The Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative recognizes library members' innovations in 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. Cincinnati won the category of innovations in the curation and/or creation of print and digital content; approaches for measuring use of collections.

The 2016 Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative showcases programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources, and address community issues. The website houses more than 1,200 leading practices that reflect library missions, strategies, achievements, and community contributions. Read more at the Urban Libraries Council.

Freedom Center recognizes civil rights champion

The New York Times reported that National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will honor Jim Obergefell on Oct. 22 with its Everyday Freedom Hero award which recognizes people and organizations that strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement.

Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that led to the legalization of same sex marriage in 2015 as he  battled to have his marriage with his dying partner John Arthur legally recognized in Obergefell v. Hodges. The Everyday Freedom Hero Award presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested as seating is limited.

The Everyday Freedom Hero Award  was created to recognize individuals and organizations who strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement—courage, cooperation and perseverance, while using one’s resources for the wellbeing and betterment of their community.

After marrying John, his partner of more than 20 years, who was dying of ALS, they decided to file suit against the state of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful Maryland marriage on John’s impending death certificate.

Read more here.

Chef Todd Kelly of Orchids at Palm Court featured on CBS This Morning


Executive Chef Todd Kelly of the award-winning restaurant, "Orchids at Palm Court" at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati Hotel appeared on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" on Oct. 7 to show off his signature dishes. He also shared the story of his childhood on Mauritius, a tiny island off the coast of East Africa.

Kelly spent most of his childhood in New York, but at age 11, the family moved to the East African island where he learned to cook in a place with no radio or TV, no pizza or hamburgers.

Read more at "CBS This Morning: Saturday."

Findlay Market named one of the best places in America


Findlay Market has been named one of five Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association. On Oct. 3 it made the 2016 “Great Places in America” list. 
 
During National Community Planning Month, the APA recognizes public spaces that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth and inspire others around the country.

A public space must embody eight characteristics to be considered for the award: promotes human contact and social activities; is safe, welcoming and accommodating for all users; has design and architectural features that are visually interesting; promotes community involvement; reflects the local culture or history; relates well to bordering uses; is well maintained; and has a unique or special character.

Home to 42 full-time individual merchants and more than 50 additional outdoor vendors and farmers on Saturdays and Sundays, Findlay Market is the only surviving municipal market house of the nine public markets operating in Cincinnati in the 19th and early 20th century.

Read more about it.

Renaissance Covington named Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist


Last year, Renaissance Covington was named as "One to Watch" by Main Street America, and now it's a semi-finalist for a Great American Main Street Award.

Since its inception in 2003, Renaissance Covington has created 790 new jobs, and about 150 new businesses have opened in the downtown Covington. While maintaining a strong commitment to the Main Street Approach, the organization has implemented creative and fun solutions to downtown revitalization challenges, including pop-up shops, a temporary “parklet” initiative and annual arts festival.

See the other semi-finalists for the Great American Main Street Awards here.

New drug causing increase in drug overdoses in Cincinnati and beyond


Over the past few weeks, Cincinnati has made headlines for the number of drug overdoses occurring within Hamilton County. While many of these overdoses have been attributed to heroin, a number of them have been caused by something even more dangerous: carfentanil.

Carfentanil is the world's most powerful commercial opioid, and is 100 times more potent than the similar drug fentanyl, which is a controlled prescription painkiller, and is 50 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is an animal tranquilizer that was never intended for human use, and isn't widely popular among American veterinarians or zoos.

So why are people using it? How is it getting to the United States?

Read the full story, "How America Gets Its Deadliest New Drug," on Fast Company's website.
 

Orchids at Palm Court and Sotto ranked among top 100 restaurants for foodies


Based on ratings from OpenTable users, Orchids at Palm Court and Sotto were recently ranked among the nation's best restaurants for foodies. The best of the best were chosen from among five million reviews of more than 200,000 restaurants across the country.

Orchids is the only AAA-Five Diamond rated restaurant in Ohio, and is known for serving up modern American dishes using French techniques. Chef Todd Kelly sources local and organic, even from the beehives on the roof of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, where Orchids is located.

Sotto, which is a sister restaurant to Boca and Nada, is all about Italian comfort food. The restaurant's rustic atmosphere makes diners feel as if they just stepped off the streets of Italy.

Check out the full list here and make your reservations today. 

Cincinnati considered one of the greenest cities in the U.S.


Cincinnati is known for its huge strides in technology, sustainability and social innovation, and is therefore considered one of the greenest cities in the United States.

Triple Pundit highlights the ways Cincinnati is blazing the trail in each area, including its growing number of startups. According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, Cincinnati has seen the biggest startup growth in the country. Hubs like Bad Girl Ventures, The Brandery, Cincy Tech, Cintrifuse, Differential and UpTech, just to name a few.

Read the full story here.

The Overlook Lodge named one of the best bars in the country


The Overlook Lodge was recently name one of the 50 best bars in the country by Playboy. Voting is now closed, but the Top 10 winners will be announced in the magazine's November issue. 

The bar is themed after the hotel in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, with axes and stag antlers adorning the walls. And the cocktail menu features drinks like Writer's Block, which is bourbon and apple-berry sweet tea, and the Summer Caretaker —  rum, lemon, habanero, peach bitters and prickly pear soda. There's even a snack menu, featuring different homemade trail mixes.

Read the full story here.
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