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Hotel Covington named one of the best new hotels in the South


Hotel Covington opened just last fall, but it's already gaining national attention — it was recently named one of the best hotels in the American South by CNN.

In the early 1900s, John Roberts Coppin built Coppin's Department Store (1910-1977) in downtown Covington. City Hall used the building from 1990-2014, when it moved out to make way for Aparium Hotel Group and The Salyers Group to develop their 114-room hotel concept.

The building underwent a $22 million renovation, and also houses a restaurant, Coppin's, that serves up classic American comfort food. The restaurant recently opened a walk-up window for late-night customers.

Check out the other eight hotels that made CNN's list.

Cincinnati is one of the world's most competitive cities


Cincinnati is growing at a rapid rate, and not just in the number of breweries that call the city home. Site Selection Magazine released its report on the World's Most Competitive Cities, and the Queen City finished in the top five of all North American cities in seven of the nine categories. 

Cincinnati ranked no. 3 in electronics and food and beverage; no. 4 in both automotive and chemicals and plastics; and no. 5 in aerospace, business and financial services, and machinery, equipment and construction.

These rankings mean that the Greater Cincinnati market is highly competitive when it comes to bringing new businesses and companies to town. 

To see where other world cities finished, click here.

 

Zoo's Painted Dog Valley receives important sustainability recognition


Painted Dog Valley at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has achieved the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge petal certification.

This certification is the world's most rigorous performance standard for buildings and recognizes spaces that help the environment.

The LBC praised Painted Dog Valley for being made with long-lasting materials, fostering a sense of community and immersing visitors in the beauty of the African savannah.

Cincinnati Zoo is known as the greenest zoo in the country, and is committed to maintaining the highest standard of sustainability in its building projects. In 2006, the Education Center received LEED silver certification and was the first of its kind in the city. Since then, the zoo has received LEED certification on each of its new building projects (Historic Vine Street Village, the Pavilion, the gift shop, Cat Canyon, the shipping/receiving building and Africa Phase 3).

Read more about the zoo's new certification here.

 

Queen City is the third best city for young professionals


According to technology company Move Buddha, Cincinnati is the third best city for young professionals.

Move Buddha looked at several factors when evaluating cities, including the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment, the number of bars per square mile, the percentage of the population between the ages of 20-30, the average age of residents and the unemployment rate.

Here are the statistics for Cincinnati:
  • Average rent: $630 (one-bedroom)
  • Bars per square mile: 12
  • Percent of population ages 20-30: 19%
  • Average age: 32.7
  • Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Are you a YP looking for a new city? Check out the full list here.

How can smart cities make money for the community?


Jon Salisbury, co-founder of Nexigen and creator of the smartLINK network, is one of the driving forces behind making Greater Cincinnati the first "smart" region in the country.

In this video from TechRepublic, Salisbury talks about how smart cities can create revenue and become self-sustaining based on looking for projects that add value, cut costs or create profit.

Salisbury gives examples like linkNYC, another kiosk company, that was able to sustain itself because of money being dumped into it but that he says is an ultimate failure because the city couldn't support it. However, linkNYC has been a learning experience for all involved.

On the other hand, Copenhagen has a smart city data exchange that works like the stock market, where data is put out there and customers can purchase that data. The companies selling the data receives a cut, and the city of Copenhagen gets a portion of that as well and has become self-sustaining.

 

Around-the-clock care has helped baby Fiona reach 200 pounds


Fiona the premature baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has stolen millions of hearts from around the world. Since her early birth in February, she's taken huge strides, due in large part to the around-the-clock care she's receiving from her care team at the zoo.

Fiona is predicted to be fully reunited with her parents early this summer, and will be at Hippo Cove with them shortly after.

In this piece from USA Today, her 25-person care team talks about what it's like to take care of a 200-pound hippo. (That's right, Fiona is up to 200 pounds and continues to grow!)

Five new must-see attractions coming to Cincy this summer


There are a number of new things coming to Cincinnati this summer, and the Indianapolis Star, via the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, has rounded up five of those attractions
 


 

Travel Maritimes picks the best places to eat, shop and stay in Greater Cincinnati


Travel Maritimes encourages its readers to visit maritime cities, and although Cincinnati isn't on the ocean, it lies along the Ohio River, which eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

The article highlights several reasons to visit, including:
  • The city's brewing history (learned via American Legacy Tours)
  • The eateries and independent shops along Vine Street
  • Hi-Bred vintage clothing store in E. Walnut Hills
  • Downtown's Sotto
  • A stay just across the river at the newly renovated Hotel Covington
Where are your favorite places to eat, shop and stay in Greater Cincinnati?

Cladwell helps consumers buy less and work with what they already own

Cladwell, a locally designed clothing app, aims to help its users create a capsule wardrobe out of timeless pieces, rather than investing in fast-fashion. The app doesn't encourage users to go out and buy something new, but to make new outfits of pieces they already own.

To read more about other startups that are helping consumers buy less and utilize their closets in new ways, click here.

 

Eater teamed up with Polly Campbell to find the city's best new restaurants


Eater recently hooked up with Cincinnati Enquirer food writer Polly Campbell to get a snapshot of the hottest new restaurants and bars in town.

Her picks are: This is the first time Eater has explored Cincinnati's food and dining scene. 

To read more about Polly's Eater picks, click here.

 

Art installations like the forthcoming BLINK are popping up all over the world


In an attempt to attract patrons, art museums and festivals are taking the art outside. Temporary photographs and art installations are being projected on the outside of buildings, a trend that Cincinnati is no stranger to.

Lumenocity, a summer light festival, was projected on the Washington Park side of Music Hall, accompanied by music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This is the first year Lumenocity isn't happening, but BLINK is taking its place.

In October, large-scale media and interactive art will animate buildings throughout 20 city blocks. Brave Berlin, a local design studio, is overseeing the creation of animated installations for the facades of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Contemporary Arts Center.

To read more about this new trend in art, click here.

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.

 
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