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Landor's recent rebranding of City of Covington receives national attention


Japanese publication, +81, released its third-ever branding edition in December. It focused on the appealing visual design of logos, signs, packaging, shopping bags, print media, websites, smaller galleries, shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes, web media and other local businesses.

It even showcased the city-wide rebranding of the City of Covington, which was done by local design firm Landor.

See the Q&A with Landor's creative director, Joe Napier, which is shared here. See the roundup of +81's branding favorites here.

Brent Spence Bridge causes traffic jams downtown on both sides of the river


Rush hour in Cincinnati is the worst, especially if you're trying to cross the Brent Spence Bridge from either side of the river. It seems that no matter the time of day, the I-75 at I-74 and the I-75/I-71 at I-275 interchanges are always congested.

The Brent Spence Bridge, which is the cause of those traffic jams, recently made American Transporation Research Institute's list of top 100 bottlenecks in the country, coming in at no. 35 and no. 84, respectively.

Since 2002, the ATRI has collected and processed GPS data from trucks to help support the Federal Highway Administration's Freight Performance Measures initiative, which collects and monitors key performance measures of the country's freight transportation system.

See the full list of the country's worst 100 bottleneck interchanges here.





 

Emilio Estevez to film ensemble political dramedy in Cincinnati


Cincinnati will once again play host to a major motion picture — this time it's a socially conscious ensemble dramedy called the public, directed by local favorite Emilio Estevez.
 
The plot is based on an Occupy-style sit-in that escalates to a standoff between police and Cincinnati Public Library officials during a life-threatening cold snap.
 
The film is currently in pre-production, with initial photography slated to begin earlier this month.

Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone and musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith have signed on to co-star.

Read more about the movie here.

 

Where are the best Midwest cities for venture capital funding?


Cincinnati is known for its talented and robust startup ecosystem. It's home to about 200 startups, many of which have gone on to launch on the national and international level.

Another way to measure a startups' success is to total the amount of venture capital funding that a startup raises. EQSTL.com ranked Midwest cities by that statistic, and in 2016, Cincinnati came in at no. 10 on the list, with a total of $116,621,844 raised in venture capital. Another way to look at this statistic is Cincinnati has 179 registered startups, and 26 of those startups received funding in 2016 (that's 14.53% of startups receiving funding). 

To see the full report from EQSTL, click here.
 

WEL Enterprise receiving national attention for its water reclamation system


Clean water is a hot button topic around the world, but water tech accelerator Pipeline H2O is working to improve water quality for everyone. And they're doing that work right here in Greater Cincinnati.

WEL Enterprise, a member of Pipeline H2O's inaugural class, is getting national attention for its wastewater reclamation system, which can be seen in action at Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton.

The system is the first of its kind, and can handle wastewater from start to finish. It's able to segregate, clean and recycle water, solids and other particles found in water.

To read more about WEL Enterprise, Pipeline H2O and water technology, visit Venture Smarter's website.

 

Madisonville named Cincinnati's top neighborhood


Real estate firm Redfin recently released its national list of hottest neighborhoods. In Cincinnati, Madisonville came in on top, with Clifton and Madeira a close second and third.

Although not based on things like job growth, redevelopment projects or homeownership, Redfin's list of hottest neighborhoods is a prediction based on recent pageviews and favorites on its own website. The list reflects what neighborhoods and housing options people are looking at, and then ranks the cities based on those searches. 

See the full national list here.

Cincinnati has the best opportunities for job seekers


Fast Company named Cincinnati as one of the cities with the best job opportunities for job seekers. According to ZipRecruiter, 2017 is the year of the job seeker.

The Midwest dominated the Top 10 list, with Minneapolis coming in at no. 1, Kansas City at no. 4, Cincinnati at no. 5, St. Louis at no. 7 and the Louisville area at no. 9. In those cities, healthcare, finance and insurance, the automotive industry, government and community and business are the sectors with the most job growth.

To find out how these areas were determined, read the story here.

The future of transportation lies in hyperloop travel, Midwest Connect


Transportation could get a lot faster with the proposed hyperloop that could take passengers from Pittsburgh to Columbus in about 15 minutes.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which is based in Columbus, is among 35 semifinalists for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles company, is developing a system to move freight and passengers in pods that use low-pressure tubes and magnetic force.

The hyperloop, called Midwest Connect, would feature pods that would allow people to travel faster than airplanes, and for the about the price of a bus ticket.

As of right now, Midwest Connect is only in the early planning stages, and if built, would start out by connecting Pittsburgh, Columbus and Chicago. If successful, the program could launch in other areas of the country; and Cincinnatians could easily access the Columbus station via I-71.

To read the full story, click here.

Beer across the U.S. paints a picture of the country's regional ties


William Bostwick of The Wall Street Journal recently took a road trip that allowed him to explore the differences in beer styles across the country. He realized that each geographic region has a very distinct beer style that local brewers do well.

While on his trip, Bostwick spoke with Bryant Goulding, vice president and co-founder of Rhinegeist, who says that while breweries recognize their peers, there is still competition among the brewers. Each one wants to create a beer better than the next, which is why there are so many beers that are very similar but still distinctly different.

Read the full story here.

Jungle Jim's, Glenwood Gardens named best places to visit in Ohio


This year, Only in Your State wanted to highlight new and hidden gems in all 50 states for their list of "Best Places to Visit in 2017." Jungle Jim's in Eastgate and Fairfield and Glenwood Gardens in Springfield Township cracked the top 10 for Ohio.

If you've never been, Jungle Jim's isn't your average grocery store. It has all of the items you would find at Kroger, including a huge produce section and fresh fish by the tank. But it also has rows upon rows of international foods, drinks and kitchen items too.

Glenwood Gardens is part of Hamilton County's parks system, and boasts a motorized train display and larger-than-life treehouse. The 335-acre park includes a 1-mile paved walking trail and a 1.6-mile nature trail, plus formal gardens, prairie habitats, forests and wetlands.

To see the full list, as well as must-see destinations in other states, click here.
 

CVG gains momentum with addition of Southwest Airlines


In June, Southwest Airlines will begin flying in and out of CVG. It's a huge win for the airport, which recently downsized to just one terminal.

Cincinnati was known as a hub for Delta until a few years ago when a number of cutbacks affected Delta's service to CVG. Delta now only operates about 100 flights per week at the airport. This has opened the airport up to other airlines, including budget airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and now Southwest. 

Passengers will be able to take one of eight daily Southwest flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport or Chicago Midway.

Read the whole story here.

Jeff Ruby's The Precinct named one of best steakhouses in the U.S.


Travel + Leisure just released its list of the best steakhouses in the country, and Jeff Ruby's The Precinct in Columbia-Tusculum made the list.

Open since 1981, The Precinct is in a renovated police patrol house — Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number 6, to be exact. It is the longest-operating white tablecloth restaurant in the city.

The Precinct is known for its 19th-century style decor, but the menu is what keeps patrons coming back. The USDA prime steaks have caught the eye of other best of lists, including America's Top 10 Steakhouses by USA Today and Gayot.com.

See Travel + Leisure's other picks here.

Listermann Brewing wins two awards at Chicago beer festival


In November, Listermann Brewing won two awards at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago for its barrel-aged Chickow!, a hazelnut brown ale.

The barrel-aged Chickow! is currently aging in barrels and will be available at Listermann's taproom in February or March 2017.

Listermann is one of Cincinnati's oldest craft breweries, and is no stranger to winning awards. It took home a bronze medal in 2014 for its Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter at the Great American Beer Festival.

To read the full article from the Cincinnati Business Courier, click here.
 

Brewery Heritage Trail named one of the best things coming in 2017


Thrillist rounded up the 15 coolest projects coming to U.S. cities in 2017, including the Brewing Heritage Trail in Over-the-Rhine, which recently received $300,000 in state and local funds. The trail will highlight the neighborhood's long and storied brewing history by taking people into the bellies of old breweries.

To take a tour, you will download an app that will take you on a 2.3-mile trek through OTR, Pendleton and downtown. Beer barons and brewery workers will narrate the tour and provide historical anecdotes along the way.

To see the other 14 projects, click here.
 
 

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.
 
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