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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.


Foodies agree: Taste of Cincinnati is a must-see this spring

Taste of Cincinnati joins the ranks of state food festivals as one of the top 10 best food festivals to visit this spring, as voted by Jetsetter.

In its 40th year, Taste is held Memorial Day weekend, and is completely free to attend. Unless you're eating or drinking, and you will definitely want to eat your way through over 100 dishes from local food trucks and restaurants. Local restaurant talent is showcased at a number of events throughout the weekend, and 60 bands will be playing on Taste's five stages around downtown.

Planning a trip soon and love food? Check out the other nine festivals that made the list.

Green Umbrella encourages region to 'think green' for Earth Day

Earth Day will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2020, and by that time, Green Umbrella wants to make Cincinnati one of the top 10 green cities.

Our region has over 101,000 acres of protected greenspace, and in the past three years, we’ve seen a 55 percent increase in farmers markets. There is now $191 million in slated funding for walkable and bike-friendly communities, and Greater Cincinnati has ranked in the top 10 for our parks, trees, bike commuting, local food and for its commitment to sustainability.

But we still have a long way to go.
Green Umbrella has 10 actions you can take today to help make Cincinnati more green — see them here.

Visual aid: Age of Cincinnati buildings

Ever wondered which neighborhood has the oldest buildings in Cincinnati? This map, provided by CincyInsights, which is a real-time data representation program from the City of Cincinnati.

Submitted by a Cincinnati resident, this map shows a visual representation of the age of the city's buildings to show the historical progression of construction. It shows us what many Cincinnatians already know — that Over-the-Rhine is home to much of the city's historic building stock. But it also shows that just a few blocks south of OTR lies the majority of the city's new construction. 

This accompanying blog post from map creator Nathan Rooy provides more information about his map.

What other information can you gather from Rooy's map?

How dense is Cincinnati?

The Cincinnati metro area is home to over 2 million people, but what does that look like when visually compared to the population density of other major cities?

Sparefoot Blog, operated by Austin-based Sparefoot, analyzed the population density of Cincinnati. About 298,550 people live within the city proper, which is about 78 square miles; this means that Cincinnati's population density is about 3,832 people per square mile. 

Researchers then compared Cincinnati's population density to the population density of other major cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Chicago and others.

Check out the visual data analysis here.

Braxton dubbed best brewery in Kentucky by Foursquare users

Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But did you know its best brewery is in Covington?

Braxton Brewing, which recently celebrated its second anniversary and announced a second location, was named as the best brewery in the state of Kentucky. The voting was based on Foursquare check-ins and reviews, and published by Delish.

Use this guide to help plan your summer brewery road trip.

One of the best places for green jobs is right here in the Queen City

According to the personal finance website GoodCall, Cincinnati is one of the top 10 best cities for green careers.

The Queen City came in at no. 2 in the country based on the following criteria:
  • The number of jobs posted online per capita (Cincinnati had 6.7 green jobs posted per 100,000 residents)
  • The average cost of living
  • Amenities per capita (food services, arts, entertainment, etc.)
  • A comparison of the average salary of environmental jobs to the average salary for the area
GoodCall says that green job workers make about 56 percent more than the average for the city, which goes even further, since the cost of living here is about 14 percent lower than the national average.

Also, CH2M, one of the world’s largest environmental firms, has an office in Cincinnati, and it's home to Environmental Quality Management Inc., a leader in environmental consulting, engineering and compliance, remediation and construction for industrial, public and government sectors.

Click here to see the full list.

UC basketball cracks top 10 of AP's All-Time Top 100

Although the UC Bearcats didn't make it to the Sweet 16 this year, the AP still recognized the program in its All-Time Top 100 basketball teams.

The AP has been ranking basketball teams since January 1949, when it released its first All-Time Top 100 list, with Saint Louis as the first no. 1. Over the years, the format has undergone a number of changes, but is still released before the outcome of the NCAA tournament so national championship wins aren't a factor.

This year, UC came out at no. 10 as the top "mid-major" program, appearing more times than any other program not currently in a Power 5 conference.

See if your favorite team made the top 100.

Well-known Cincinnati brands named to list of top 500 brands

Ten Cincinnati brands, including Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, Macy's, P&G and six P&G brands, made Brand Finance's list of top 500 international brands.

Brand Finance publishes its list every year, and at the top of this year's list is Google. It edged out Apple, which was no. 1 in 2016, for the top spot. Gillette is the top ranking local company, coming in at no. 54. Other local companies and their rankings are as follows:

#73: Pantene
#95: Kroger
#124: Macy's
#125: Head and Shoulders
#149: Tide/Ariel
#190: Olay
#239: P&G
#281: Fifth Third Bank
#389: Cintas Corp.

All of the above companies, except Macy's and P&G, jumped up in ranking from the 2016 list.

Check out all 500 companies and their ranking here.

After public voting, Newport Aquarium named 6th best in country

After a public voting process, Newport Aquarium landed in the sixth spot on USA Today's list of top 10 aquariums.

It operates the first shark ray breeding program in the world, and holds one million gallons of water and thousands of aquatic animals from around the world. Featured exhibits include the Amazon Tunnel, which allows visitors to walk along the floor of the Amazon River; Dangerous & Deadly, which showcases some of the world’s most lethal aquatic creatures; Gator Alley, which has one of the most diverse crocodile collections in the country; and Shark Bridge — the world's first suspended rope bridge that allows thrill seekers to walk above more than two dozen sharks, shark rays and other animals.

You can purchase tickets to Newport Aquarium here

The full list of the top 10 best aquariums in the country is available here.

Beer, spirits and entrepreneurship breathing life back into OTR

Over-the-Rhine was founded over 150 years ago by German immigrants who loved their beer. Today, beer, spirits and an entrepreneurial spirit are redeveloping the neighborhood, one building at a time.

People like Molly Wellmann and Julia Petiprin, Stuart King and Ryan Rizzo are bringing their own flare to Japp's and Sundry and Vice, respectively. They're taking Cincinnati back to its pre-Prohibition roots and re-introducing residents to what built the city: beer and booze.

Along the way, these entrepreneurs are taking dilapidated buildings and renovating them into bars, breweries, restaurants and eclectic shops that are scattered throughout OTR.

There's a lot to still be done in the neighborhood, but check out how far it's come.

Travel + Leisure plans perfect three-day weekend in Cincinnati

Travel + Leisure lays out three days of must-sees, must-dos and must-eats for tourists in Cincinnati, including exploring spots in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky.

During the day, take in art at the Contemporary Arts Center or take a Cincinnati Brewery Tour to see the underground lager tunnels. Hop on the streetcar or rent a Cincy Red Bike to get around and see the sights. Food highlights include dinner at Mita's and Sotto; breakfast at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar; drinks at Taft's Ale House or the 21c rooftop bar; and donuts at Holtman's.

To see the full three-day travel plan, click here.

Butler County SBDC receives national award, celebrated on #SBDCDay

The Butler County Small Business Development Center recently received the 2017 National Small Business Development Center of the Year award. It celebrated its accomplishments on March 22, or #SBDCDay.

Over the past three years, the Butler County SBDC has generated over $20 million in loan funding to local small businesses. The Hamilton Mill-based organization helps build small businesses through a number of programs and activities — combined with strategic partnerships with other business-oriented groups — to provide a strong entrepreneurial assistance environment in Butler County.

The SBDC network was signed into law in 1980, and since then, the network has grown to over 1,000 centers. America’s SBDC network leverages a partnership that includes U.S. Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage SBDCs across the nation. Each year, SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to about one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Read more about #SBDCDay here.

UC School of Law receives "A" grade from National Jurist, moves up in national ranking

In 2014, the University of Cincinnati College of Law was ranked by National Jurist as one of the top 60 law schools in the country. This year, UC's law school came in at no. 13 with an "A" grade.

Rankings are based on the school's experiential learning opportunities, with data provided by the American Bar Association and the individual schools. National Jurist looked at five categories: clinics, externships, simulation courses, interschool competitions and "other."

Clinical experience is most important, as students get the chance to work with real clients, under the direction of their professors. UC has a number of programs where students get this real-world experience, including a partnership with MORTAR that allows students to provide free legal counsel to clients

To read the article, "Best Schools for Practical Training," and to see the full list, click here.


Miami Ohio business students advanced to finals round of VCIC competition and took home second

A group of business students from Miami University scored big in the first round and took home $1,000 at the regional Venture Capital Investment Competition, held in Chicago. Miami was the only school in Ohio and one of only seven schools in the Midwest to get an invite.

The VCIC is an invitation-only international competition that's carried out over two rounds: a preliminary round held in five different regions with 6-8 schools and a finals round with winners from each region competing for the international title. Student teams act as institutional investors representing a venture capital firm.

Teams are given business plans from three real-world startups, as well as information about the venture capital firm they're representing and a profile of the venture fund from which they're going to make their investments. Teams then have 36 hours to conduct research, analyze the market and prepare questions for a Q&A with the founders. On the final day of the competition, teams listen to and evaluate each startup’s pitch presentation and conduct a one-on-one interview with the founder of each company.

With the regional victory, the team competed in the finals round of the competition this past weekend in Chapel Hill. At the international competition, the Miami team took home second place. 

Read more about the competition here.



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