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Wyoming comes in as 22nd best place to live in the U.S.

Real estate and education site Niche.com recently ranked the top 100 best places to live in the United States, and Wyoming came in at no. 22.

Based on data from the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control, Wyoming received an overall A+ grade, with an A+ for public schools and a good place for families; an A for housing; a B+ for crime and safety and diversity; and a B for nightlife.

To see the full ranking, click here.

Eleven Cincy bars named among the best in Ohio

Eleven Greater Cincinnati breweries, bars and family-friendly hotspots made Cleveland.com's list of the best bars in the state.

Cleveland.com staff looked at the best Yelp reviews to come up with its list of the 50 best watering holes in Ohio. Here are the Cincinnati places that made the list: To see the full list, click here.

Cincinnati among top cities of the future in the U.S.

fDi Intelligence recently released its list of cities of the future, and Cincinnati made it, mostly in part to the flurry of tech and startup activity here.

New York came out on top of the national list, followed by San Francisco, Houston, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Boston, Atlanta, Sao Paulo and Sunnyvale, Cali.

Along with the national list, fDi also looks at subcategories, which is where Cincinnati was recognized multiple times. The Queen City placed:
  • Sixth overall in Large Cities of American Cities of the Future
  • Ninth in Large Cities for Economic Potential
  • Eighth in Large Cities for Business Friendliness
  • Fourth in Large Cities for FDI Strategy

Foreign direct investment, or FDI, is a strategy that the City of Cincinnati's Department of Community and Economic Development is focused on to generate innovative financing, helping to close the financial gap and bring catalytic developments to the area.

A strong FDI plan enables the City of Cincinnati to create jobs, fill real estate and infrastructure gaps and open trade opportunities.

The rankings further reinforce Cincinnati’s visibility as a city well-positioned for global connectivity. On March 31, the Department of Community and Economic Development partnered with REDI Cincinnati to host an FDI symposium featuring key local, regional, national and international executives who came together to discuss the many facets and implications of foreign capital flows into the region.

A regional resource manual based on best practices and insights from the event will be compiled and shared based on ideas shared at the symposium.

Check out the full list of Cities of the Future here.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center receives award for best exhibition

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center recently received a number of awards from the Ohio Museums Association, including one for best exhibit for the 2016 ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery.

The museum also received the Gold Award (the top prize) for the visual communication competition for The Rosa Parks Experience campaign, and Jesse Kramer, the museum's creative director, received the 2016 Emerging Professional Award.

ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery featured images by world-renowned photographer Lisa Kristine that documented the lives of slaves and the freedom they never dreamed possible. The Rosa Parks Experience is the museum’s virtual reality experience that commemorates Rosa Parks’ historic demonstration.

Founded in 1976, the OMA is the leading advocate for connecting and empowering the state's museums and museum professionals through professional development, networking events and advocacy. Each year, OMA’s annual awards program honors outstanding individual and institutional achievements and visual communications.

To find out more about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and its exhibits, click here.


Foodies agree: Taste of Cincinnati is a must-see this spring

Taste of Cincinnati joins the ranks of state food festivals as one of the top 10 best food festivals to visit this spring, as voted by Jetsetter.

In its 40th year, Taste is held Memorial Day weekend, and is completely free to attend. Unless you're eating or drinking, and you will definitely want to eat your way through over 100 dishes from local food trucks and restaurants. Local restaurant talent is showcased at a number of events throughout the weekend, and 60 bands will be playing on Taste's five stages around downtown.

Planning a trip soon and love food? Check out the other nine festivals that made the list.

Green Umbrella encourages region to 'think green' for Earth Day

Earth Day will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2020, and by that time, Green Umbrella wants to make Cincinnati one of the top 10 green cities.

Our region has over 101,000 acres of protected greenspace, and in the past three years, we’ve seen a 55 percent increase in farmers markets. There is now $191 million in slated funding for walkable and bike-friendly communities, and Greater Cincinnati has ranked in the top 10 for our parks, trees, bike commuting, local food and for its commitment to sustainability.

But we still have a long way to go.
Green Umbrella has 10 actions you can take today to help make Cincinnati more green — see them here.

Visual aid: Age of Cincinnati buildings

Ever wondered which neighborhood has the oldest buildings in Cincinnati? This map, provided by CincyInsights, which is a real-time data representation program from the City of Cincinnati.

Submitted by a Cincinnati resident, this map shows a visual representation of the age of the city's buildings to show the historical progression of construction. It shows us what many Cincinnatians already know — that Over-the-Rhine is home to much of the city's historic building stock. But it also shows that just a few blocks south of OTR lies the majority of the city's new construction. 

This accompanying blog post from map creator Nathan Rooy provides more information about his map.

What other information can you gather from Rooy's map?

How dense is Cincinnati?

The Cincinnati metro area is home to over 2 million people, but what does that look like when visually compared to the population density of other major cities?

Sparefoot Blog, operated by Austin-based Sparefoot, analyzed the population density of Cincinnati. About 298,550 people live within the city proper, which is about 78 square miles; this means that Cincinnati's population density is about 3,832 people per square mile. 

Researchers then compared Cincinnati's population density to the population density of other major cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Chicago and others.

Check out the visual data analysis here.

Braxton dubbed best brewery in Kentucky by Foursquare users

Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But did you know its best brewery is in Covington?

Braxton Brewing, which recently celebrated its second anniversary and announced a second location, was named as the best brewery in the state of Kentucky. The voting was based on Foursquare check-ins and reviews, and published by Delish.

Use this guide to help plan your summer brewery road trip.

One of the best places for green jobs is right here in the Queen City

According to the personal finance website GoodCall, Cincinnati is one of the top 10 best cities for green careers.

The Queen City came in at no. 2 in the country based on the following criteria:
  • The number of jobs posted online per capita (Cincinnati had 6.7 green jobs posted per 100,000 residents)
  • The average cost of living
  • Amenities per capita (food services, arts, entertainment, etc.)
  • A comparison of the average salary of environmental jobs to the average salary for the area
GoodCall says that green job workers make about 56 percent more than the average for the city, which goes even further, since the cost of living here is about 14 percent lower than the national average.

Also, CH2M, one of the world’s largest environmental firms, has an office in Cincinnati, and it's home to Environmental Quality Management Inc., a leader in environmental consulting, engineering and compliance, remediation and construction for industrial, public and government sectors.

Click here to see the full list.

UC basketball cracks top 10 of AP's All-Time Top 100

Although the UC Bearcats didn't make it to the Sweet 16 this year, the AP still recognized the program in its All-Time Top 100 basketball teams.

The AP has been ranking basketball teams since January 1949, when it released its first All-Time Top 100 list, with Saint Louis as the first no. 1. Over the years, the format has undergone a number of changes, but is still released before the outcome of the NCAA tournament so national championship wins aren't a factor.

This year, UC came out at no. 10 as the top "mid-major" program, appearing more times than any other program not currently in a Power 5 conference.

See if your favorite team made the top 100.

Well-known Cincinnati brands named to list of top 500 brands

Ten Cincinnati brands, including Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, Macy's, P&G and six P&G brands, made Brand Finance's list of top 500 international brands.

Brand Finance publishes its list every year, and at the top of this year's list is Google. It edged out Apple, which was no. 1 in 2016, for the top spot. Gillette is the top ranking local company, coming in at no. 54. Other local companies and their rankings are as follows:

#73: Pantene
#95: Kroger
#124: Macy's
#125: Head and Shoulders
#149: Tide/Ariel
#190: Olay
#239: P&G
#281: Fifth Third Bank
#389: Cintas Corp.

All of the above companies, except Macy's and P&G, jumped up in ranking from the 2016 list.

Check out all 500 companies and their ranking here.

After public voting, Newport Aquarium named 6th best in country

After a public voting process, Newport Aquarium landed in the sixth spot on USA Today's list of top 10 aquariums.

It operates the first shark ray breeding program in the world, and holds one million gallons of water and thousands of aquatic animals from around the world. Featured exhibits include the Amazon Tunnel, which allows visitors to walk along the floor of the Amazon River; Dangerous & Deadly, which showcases some of the world’s most lethal aquatic creatures; Gator Alley, which has one of the most diverse crocodile collections in the country; and Shark Bridge — the world's first suspended rope bridge that allows thrill seekers to walk above more than two dozen sharks, shark rays and other animals.

You can purchase tickets to Newport Aquarium here

The full list of the top 10 best aquariums in the country is available here.

Beer, spirits and entrepreneurship breathing life back into OTR

Over-the-Rhine was founded over 150 years ago by German immigrants who loved their beer. Today, beer, spirits and an entrepreneurial spirit are redeveloping the neighborhood, one building at a time.

People like Molly Wellmann and Julia Petiprin, Stuart King and Ryan Rizzo are bringing their own flare to Japp's and Sundry and Vice, respectively. They're taking Cincinnati back to its pre-Prohibition roots and re-introducing residents to what built the city: beer and booze.

Along the way, these entrepreneurs are taking dilapidated buildings and renovating them into bars, breweries, restaurants and eclectic shops that are scattered throughout OTR.

There's a lot to still be done in the neighborhood, but check out how far it's come.

Travel + Leisure plans perfect three-day weekend in Cincinnati

Travel + Leisure lays out three days of must-sees, must-dos and must-eats for tourists in Cincinnati, including exploring spots in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky.

During the day, take in art at the Contemporary Arts Center or take a Cincinnati Brewery Tour to see the underground lager tunnels. Hop on the streetcar or rent a Cincy Red Bike to get around and see the sights. Food highlights include dinner at Mita's and Sotto; breakfast at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar; drinks at Taft's Ale House or the 21c rooftop bar; and donuts at Holtman's.

To see the full three-day travel plan, click here.
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