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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.

 

Five Cincinnati high schools named most beautiful in the state


Five Cincinnati schools made Aceable's list of most beautiful high schools in the state.

Withrow University High School in Hyde Park came in at no. 1. It was designed by Frederick W. Garber, and features a 114-foot clock tower and arched bridge. 

Other Cincinnati schools were:To see the full list of 28 of Ohio's most beautiful high schools, click here.
 

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.
 
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