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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.

Cincinnati to join national list of Culinary Fight Club cities in April


Thanks to shows like Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games" on Food Network and Bravo's "Top Chef," we're no stranger to food competitions. Cincinnati even hosts Food Fight 513, which pits local chefs against each other for the honor of top culinary dog.

This spring, Cincinnati will host its first-ever national Culinary Fight Club event. Chefs will sign up to compete in a taco round in April, a pantry race in September and a seafood competition in October.

At each event, attendees will watch as contestants — anyone from home cooks to executive chefs — raid the pantry in 45 seconds. Contestants get to choose from 15 provided ingredients, and from there, they have 60 minutes to create the most gourmet dish that represents their take on the monthly theme. The audience and judges vote and decide on a winning dish.

Culinary Fight Club also gives back exclusively to Fight2Feed, which partners top restaurants with food trucks to provide service and support to the hungry.

For more info on Culinary Fight Club or to register to compete in Cincinnati, click here.

To read the full article about Culinary Fight Club, click here.
 

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweets aerial image of Cincinnati


On Saturday, astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted an aerial image of Cincinnati from the International Space Station.

You can see more aerial views he's captured on his Twitter page. 
 

Cincinnati named 53rd best city to live in the U.S.


U.S. News & World Report did an in-depth study of American cities, and ranked the top 100 based on a number of criteria. Cincinnati came in at no. 53, and was the only city in Ohio to make the list.

To calculate the rankings, USN looked at the unemployment rate and the average salary of residents; the median cost of living and the annual cost of living in each city; the city's quality of life — the crime rate, the availability of quality healthcare, the quality of education, resident's overall satisfaction with living there and the average commute time; a desirability survey; and the net migration, or the number of births and deaths, in each city.

Cincinnati's overall score was a 6.5 — its quality of life score was a 6.5 and its value was a 7.7.

Check out how USN did the math.

See the top 100 best cities to live in the U.S. here.


 

Four Ohio economic developers named to list of top 50 in the country


Four Ohio economic developers, including Kimm Coyner from REDI Cincinnati, made the list of the top 50 in the country.

Coyner, who is vice president for business development and projects at REDI, as nominated by her colleagues for excellent practices, innovation and success in rebuilding Cincinnati. This is the second year in a row that executives from REDI have made Consultant Connect's list — last year, its president and CEO, Johnna Reeder, made the top 50. 

Other Ohio developers on this year's list include Julie Sullivan, executive vice president for regional development at the Dayton Development Coalition; Lee Crume, director of sales for North America at Jobs Ohio; and Matt McQuade, managing director of business development at Columbus 2020.

To see the full top 50, click here.

Cincinnati considered the best place to buy a house in Ohio


Due to its low cost of housing and family friendly destinations, Cincinnati is considered the best city to buy a home in the state of Ohio.

Simplemost recently evaluated all 50 states and compiled a list of the country's best cities in each state in which to buy a house.

Compared to other Ohio cities, Cincinnati has a lower unemployment rate; the median household income is about $35,000, and the average home price is about $140,000.

To see the top 50 cities to live in in the U.S., click here.


 

Amazon planning $1.5 billion cargo hub at CVG


Last week, CVG received more good news: Amazon is planning to build a $1.5 billion cargo hub at the airport. This comes on the tail end of Southwest Airlines' announcement that it will be adding flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Chicago Midway.

With the completion of the proposed 2-million-square-foot facility, Amazon will be able to rely less on UPS and FedEx for air deliveries. The hub will also house Amazon's current and future fleet of airplanes, and bring about 2,000 jobs to the area.

To read the full Forbes story, click here.
 

Cincinnati Zoo's preemie hippo Fiona takes first steps


According to Cincinnati Zoo spokesperson Michelle Curley, Baby “Fiona” is eating well and maintaining good activity levels.
 
On Jan. 24, Fiona was born six weeks prematurely to Bibi, her 17-year-old mother. Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.
 
Staffers are assisting Fiona with feeding, but say they will continue to help her gain strength and eventually nurse on her own. On Sunday, she took her very first steps, which is something baby hippos should be able to do shortly after birth.
 
Read the full story, watch the video and link to the Zoo’s website for updates here.
 

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati tops the list of Ohio's best hotels


U.S. News & World Report ranked the state's top hotels, based on awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Downtown's 21c Museum Hotel topped the list.

Open since 2012, 21c is home to a free, 24-hour contemporary art gallery and Metropole restaurant (named in honor of the Metropole Hotel that used to be located at the site) and a rooftop bar. The Cincinnati hotel is just one of seven 21c hotels in the country — others are located in Bentonville, Ark., Durham, NC, Lexington, Louisville, Oklahoma City and Nashville.

The 21c came in at no. 1 on USN's list of Best Ohio Hotels, with three other Cincinnati hotels — the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, The Cincinnatian and The Westin — making the top 10.

See the list of Ohio's top 15 best hotels here.

 
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