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Possible Cincinnati uses Tinder to attract new hire

Local marketing firm Possible Cincinnati was looking to attract Daniel Mashburn to the region, so they did what any employer would do: they turned to Tinder.

Find out more about Possible's efforts to bring Mashburn to Cincinnati.

Two Cincy-based companies crack Inc.'s top 500

Every year, Inc. releases its list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. And this year, two Cincinnati-based companies ranked in the top 500, with 49 others making their way onto the full list.

MTS Nutrition, which aims to help people reach their goals through information on proper diet and training, and by providing the highest quality, innovative and trusted supplements, came in at no. 116 on Inc.'s list. Downtown's own The Garage Group (innovation and growth strategy firm) came in at 307.

Other Cincinnati companies that ranked in the top 5,000 are:
  • No. 526: Cincinnati Asphalt
  • No. 624: Health Carousel
  • No. 726: Callibrity Solutions
  • No. 770: Stack Construction Technologies
  • No. 845: Everything but the House
  • No. 853: Smart Data Systems
  • No. 872: TruStar Talent Solutions
  • No. 999: E-Volve Systems
  • No. 1159: Oodle
  • No. 1311: InfoTrust
  • No. 1425: CardioSolutions
  • No. 1511: Nationwide Logistics
  • No. 1561: Festivals Unlimited
  • No. 1659: United Installs
  • No. 1796: RoundTower Technologies
  • No. 1916: Integrity Express Logistics
  • No. 2143: FirstLight HomeCare Franchising
  • No. 2216: Commonwealth
  • No. 2244: ODW Logistics & Transportation Services
  • No. 2299: Lithko Contracting
  • No. 2347: Clubessential
  • No. 2633: Vernovisl
  • No. 2753: Kingsgate Transportation Services
  • No. 2781: Sizemore & Co.
  • No. 2808: Curiosity Advertising
  • No. 2855: Trustaff
  • No. 3275: Forward Edge
  • No. 3369: Strategic HR
  • No. 3399: Proforma N & M Communications
  • No. 3577: Pure Romance
  • No. 3663: Tier1
  • No. 3667: Paycor
  • No. 3693: Sims-Lohman
  • No. 3816: Emerge Managed Services
  • No. 3929: Oasis Turf & Tree
  • No. 3997: Cold Jet
  • No. 3999: Phillips Edison & Co.
  • No. 4065: Triple E Partners
  • No. 4227: NextStep Networking
  • No. 4269: Pro Mach
  • No. 4377: BSI Engineering
  • No. 4386: TigerFitness.com
  • No. 4393: Centric Consulting
  • No. 4431: Stett Transportation
  • No. 4445: Proforma Albrecht & Co.
  • No. 4526: Finit Solutions
  • No. 4837: Afidence
  • No. 4916: Total Quality Logistics
  • No. 4992: Kona Ice
To see Inc.'s full 2017 list, click here.


NYT spends 36 hours in the Queen City

The New York Times recently spent 36 hours in Cincinnati, and boy, were they impressed.

Highligts include the Contemporary Arts Center, 21C's bar, dinner at Sotto, Cincy Red Bike, the views from the Purple People Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Findlay Market, the streetcar, beer from Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House, Salazar, Music Hall, Ensemble Theater, the new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company theater, Sundry and Vice, Revel OTR, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar and the Queen City Underground Tour.

Check out your hometown from the NYT's perspective, and you just might discover something new!

Dog parks, patios and bars earn Cincinnati title of eighth most pet-friendly city

According to findings from WalletHub, there are about 85 million pet parents in the United States. And every owner wants to live in a city where their animals are accepted and their needs can be met, so WalletHub compiled a list of the most pet-friendly cities in the country.

The study looked at three areas: pet budget (vet costs, insurance, etc.); pet health and wellness (the number of vets per capita, the number of pet businesses per capita, the number of pet-friendly restaurants per capita, etc.); and outdoor pet-friendliness (the number of dog parks per capita, the number of pet-friendly trails per capita, etc.).

It's no surprise that Cincinnati ranked in the top 10 (no. 8, to be exact).

Many restaurants throughout the city have dog-friendly patios, including Arlin's in Clifton, The Littlefield in Northside and Eli's BBQ in the East End — just to name a few. Braxton Brewing allows dogs inside, and MadTree Brewing has a great patio that's dog-friendly; even the new Higher Gravity in Northside lets Fido come inside while you enjoy a beer or pick out a six-pack to take home.

There's also Yappy Hour at Washington Park at 6 p.m. on Thursdays; and of course, the dog park in Washington Park is always dog-friendly. 

Check out the other 99 cities that landed on WalletHub's list here.

Eli's BBQ considered best in state by foodie site Chowhound

Eli's BBQ is once again turning heads. This time, it's nabbed the attention of foodie website Chowhound as the best BBQ in the state of Ohio.

Eli's — which can be found at Findlay Market and in the East End — is known for its laidback, no-nonsense approach to its BBQ, and its locations. Although the Findlay Market location is takeout only, the atmosphere of the East End restaurant is that of a family picnic. 

On top of the two Eli's locations, owner Eli Leisring recently partnered with the Lang Thang Group to open The Hi-Mark (also in the East End), which is reminiscent of a roadhouse. He also recently opened Herzog Music downtown. Up next is a partnership with the Newport Kroger, where customers can purchase Eli's BBQ to-go or to enjoy while shopping.

Read the full post here.


Facebook recommendations reveal that Montgomery Inn is best restaurant in Ohio

USA Today teamed up with Facebook to discover what restaurants its users recommend in each state, and in Ohio, Montgomery Inn came out on top.

Montgomery Inn has three locations in the region: one in the heart of Montgomery, one in the iconic boathouse along the Ohio River and one in Ft. Mitchell. It's known for its award-winning ribs, and many of the restaurant's products (think sauces) can be found in grocery stores around the Tristate.

The data collected from Facebook recommendations showed that users were suggesting famous Texas barbecue and New York's iconic deli, but there were some surprises, including pastry spots, breweries and eateries inside tourist attractions.

See the full list of recommended restaurants in each state here.

Four area colleges named best higher education institutions

Every year, Forbes compiles its list of best colleges and universities in the country, and this year, four local institutions made the list. Take a closer look at the 660 top colleges in the country.

District 3 police headquarters showcased in sustainability design magazine

The new, 39,600-square-foot, District 3 police headquarters that serves about 95,000 people form Price Hill to Riverside to Westwood was completed in 2015. It's the first LEED platinum and net zero police station in the world, and was recently featured in Net Zero Buildings magazine.

A net zero building means that the total amount of energy used by the building annually is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

The old police station was split between two historic buildings, and was inefficient for many reasons. When designing the new station, the goal was threefold: Maintain building security, insure occupant comfort and create a welcoming space that enhances the relationship between the public and the police.

Community engagement with neighborhood committees factored into the design process, as well as public art within the building and on the surrounding site.

Messer Construction was the general contractor, and emersion DESIGN was the architect.

To read more about the new District 3 headquarters and what it means for sustainability design, click here.

Cincinnati ranks fifth best city for startups in Midwest

It's no surprise that Cincinnati's bursting at the seam with startups, which is why it's landed at no. 5 on Midwest Startups' list of the 50 best cities for startups in the Midwest.

Midwest Startups looked at three criteria:
  1. Startup activity — how active the startup community is and the size and quality of the available network for new startups; looked at the number of startups and their success rates
  2. Access to resources — how supportive the city's environment is and what value-add it can provide to help the startup grow; considered quality of talent, investor activity and public and private support
  3. Economics and demographics — how conducive the city's economic environment is to attract and scale a business; factored in cost of living, population and GDP per capita
Cincinnati came out on top of other Ohio cities, including Cleveland and Columbus, which both placed in the top 10 overall. Smaller Ohio cities like Dayton (no. 21), Akron (no. 26) and Athens (no. 30) also made the list.

See the full ranking here.

Vote for your favorite Cincinnati attraction for USA Today's top 10

Five Cincinnati attractions are on the short list for USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice. The top 10 spots will be chosen by readers via online vote.

The Cincinnati attractions that are up for the award are the Cincinnati Museum Center (which is open during construction), Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Smale Riverfront Park and Spring Grove Cemetery

Cedar Point is currently in the no. 1 spot.

You can vote once per day until noon on Aug. 28. The 10 winning attractions, chosen by your vote, will be announced on Sept. 1.

Food & Wine editor praises restaurants like Please for putting Cincy on the food map

In February, Food & Wine editor Jordana Rothman had the chance to try some of the local food here in Cincinnati, including a meal at Please

Please is an extention of chef Ryan Santos' pop-up dinner concept, which he had been doing since 2011. He opened his restaurant in Over-the-Rhine last year. The isn't a central theme or regionality to the menu, but the majority of it is influenced by French, Scandinavian and Japanese cooking.

Rothman (in an "Ask Me Anything" Reddit thread) said that Cincinnati's food scene is putting it on the map.

Read a bit more about Santos and Please here, and in our story from 2015.

Five NKY bourbon bars considered among the nation's 99 best

Five of the 99 best bourbon bars are right across the river in Northern Kentucky. According to The Bourbon Review, Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Bourbon Haus 1841, Wiseguy Lounge, Tousey House Tavern and The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros Coffee are top-notch places to drink bourbon.
  • Bourbon Haus 1841, 522 Mainstrasse, Covington: Relatively new to Kentucky's bourbon scene, Bourbon Haus 1841 showcases a "Bourbon of the Day" and offers specialty bourbon flights and bourbon-infused cocktails.
  • OKBB, 629 Mainstrasse, Covington: With over 300 bottles of domestic bourbon and whiskey, you're sure to find what you're looking for. Oh, and OKBB is owned by Molly Wellmann, so you know it's good.
  • The Prohibition Bourbon Bar, 530 Washington Ave., Newport: Nestled within a coffee shop, this Prohibition-style bar has the largest collection in the world of bourbon and rye whiskeys.
  • Tousey House Tavern, 5963 N. Jefferson St. Burlington: Tousey House recently released a new bourbon list featuring staff favorites and rare finds.
  • Wiseguy Lounge, 603 Mainstrasse, Covington: Envisioned after a 1920s speakeasy, Wiseguy Lounge has over 100 bourbons and features a Bourbon Conessieur Club as well as tastings and educational events throughout the year.
See the other Kentucky bourbon bars that made the list.

Post-recession home values on the rise in Cincinnati

According to data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (compiled and interpreted by Buffalo Business First), Cincinnati is among the top 50 markets for post-recession rebound in home values.

The FHFA converts each market’s home sale prices to a quarterly index, which is pegged to a 1991 value of 100 points. Any rise in the index corresponds to an overall increase in local prices; any drop indicates that values are declining. These findings are based on a 10-year range (2007-2017) of the 100 largest housing markets in the U.S.

About one-third of the top 100 markets are still underwater, with average house prices that are lower today than before the recession. But average home values are higher in the other 63 markets, led by Denver, which posted a 10-year gain of 68.7 percent.

Cincinnati ranked no. 46 in this report, with a 10-year gain of 6.5 percent.

View a slideshow of the top 100 markets and see how other Ohio cities stacked up.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati lands on September's must-do list

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is undoubtedly the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany, which earned it a spot on Travel + Leisure's must-do list for September.

The three-day celebration showcases an abundance of German heritage, beer and food. Lederhosen and polka music arrest the senses, and thousands descend on downtown to experience a culture that's still going strong in the area.

Oktoberfest features over 200 different German dishes and steins filled to the brim with traditional German beer. There are also a few can't-miss events over the weekend, including the Running of the Winers, the Beer Stein Race, the Beer Barrel Roll and the World's Largest Chicken Dance.

Check out other September events around the country here

CVG ranked best airport in the U.S. by SkyTrax

Even though CVG has drastically cut back its number of daily passenger flights, it is the highest ranking U.S. airport on this year's World's Best Airport list from SkyTrax. It landed itself at no. 26 worldwide, above larger, hub airports like Denver, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Cincinnati's Delta hub was cut back seven years ago — CVG had two empty terminals and super high landing fees for airlines that kept discount carriers out of the region. Those two terminals were demolished and replaced with one terminal.

Terminal 3, the airport's one remaining passenger terminal, was built in 1974 and upgraded in 1987 and 2012.

Passenger flights were cut from over 600 to today's 165, but by cutting landing fees, CVG has attracted discount airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and Southwest. Because of those discount flights, it's now attracting passengers at a rate well above the national average.

For more about CVG's success, click here. And stay tuned for our in-depth look at CVG's footprint in the world of freight carrier flights in our Aug. 15 issue.
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