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When life throws you Cincinnati, redefine chili

Composer Jennifer Jolley, who earned both her D.M.A. and M.M. at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music discusses her unlikely route from Los Angeles to Cincinnati via Vermont, and why she's glad she landed in the Queen City. Read more.

Ten things you might not know about Cincinnati's Music Hall

Completed in 1878, Cincinnati’s Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. It has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1975. Here are 10 facts you many not know about Music Hall.

In Cincinnati, opening day is always a cause for celebration

In Cincinnati, Opening Day is always a cause for celebration. Read more.

REDI Cincinnati announces Johnna Reeder as President & CEO

REDI Cincinnati, LLC, the region’s leading economic development initiative, has named Johnna Reeder as the organization’s President & CEO effective May 5. Read more.

Great American Ball Park makes two Top 10 lists for best craft beer ball parks nationwide

The baseball season is just starting but Great American Ball Park is already getting cheers from craft beer fans nationwide. The ballpark was recently named to two Top 10 lists of the best baseball stadiums for craft beer. Read more.

Nation's longest-running culinary arts festival, Taste of Cincinnati, expands this year

Organizers with Taste of Cincinnati, the nation's longest-running culinary arts festival, today announced that this year's festival will feature more food options than ever before in its 35-year history. Read more.

Cincinnati Metro: Building a better system

The Metro team has focused on its go*Forward plan to initiate new services for its riders. Read more.

Cincinnati leaders make pitch to host GOP convention

In an hour-long pitch Friday, Cincinnati leaders told Republican National Committee officials that Queen City is a cool, convenient and politically hot place to host the 2016 GOP convention. Read more.

Pittsburgh paper chronicles road trip to Cincinnati

Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have way too much in common to let petty rivalries and sporting grudges come between us. The drive isn't far—less than five hours, usually—and it will take quite a while to run out of things to do and see. We've given you a list of good places to start.

Six small cities with big food scenes

If you're looking for a town with culinary zeal, you don't have to head to a big metropolis. Tucked away in mountain towns, seaside hamlets and Midwestern cities like Cincinnati lie hidden culinary gems, including upscale dining, local coffee shops and delicious microbrews. Read more.

Las Vegas leaders take page from 'Keep Cincinnati Beautiful'

Some local artists are receiving national attention. Most recently, leaders in Sin City are taking a page from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Read more.

Cincinnati gets top billing in National Geographic

Whether you're looking to get up to speed on the revitalization of downtown or just want to ratchet your hometown pride up a notch, this feature of the month from National Geographic on all things Cincinnati will give you your fix. Read more.

Talking tech in Cincinnati with Roadtrippers

USA Today's Jefferson Graham visits James Fisher and his Cincinnati-based Roadtrippers to find out what it's like starting a tech firm in the Queen City. Read more.

FTA to Cincinnati: Consider more streetcar

The Federal Transit Administration appears to be encouraging Cincinnati to begin planning to extend its starter streetcar line, the latter currently under construction. The FTA is urging the line be extended to the Uptown area, an employment center of 55,000 jobs. The current line, serving the city's Downtown, is home to 64,000 jobs. Read more.

Possible named one of 10 agencies to watch in 2014

Possible, a creative agency with offices in downtown Cincinnati, was named one of 10 ad agencies to watch in 2014 by AdvertisingAge. Read more.

Four days in Cincinnati: A photo essay

"When I won an assignment to direct a commercial [in Cincinnati] in the middle of January this year, all I heard from friends and family were scoffs and pity. … And, to leave the sunny embrace of Los Angeles and fall into the death grip of a polar vortex, did seem like potential bummer. But, it was the opposite." Read more.

21c Museum Hotel wins Global Award for Excellence

The 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati won a ULI Global Award for Excellence from Urban Land magazine. Read more.

9 Hot Startup Accelerators

The Brandery in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine was named one of CNN Money's top 9 startup accelerators in the U.S. Read more about the Brandery and the other accelerators on the list.

An ode to Cincinnati's wild neighbor

Men's Journal recently featured the drink Cin Sin City, which is one of the most popular drinks at beautiful Igby's in downtown Cincinnati. Get the recipe and find out how mixologist Brian Van Flandern came up with the name for the drink.

Cincinnati wins 'Streetsie Award'

Cincinnati recently won a Streetsie Award for Most Kick-Ass Grassroots Movement for Livable Streets. Cincinnati won the people's choice award for its movement to save the Cincinnati streetcar project. Read more about the Streetsie Awards.

Cincinnati restaurant icon serves up autobiography

Jeff Ruby's never-ending quest to brand Jeff Ruby has added another chapter. Cincinnati's famed and outspoken restaurateur recently released his autobiography, "Not Counting Tomorrow: The Unlikely Life of Jeff Ruby." Read more about Jeff Ruby's New Autobiography in USA Today.

Cincinnati streetcar plan pits desire for growth against fiscal restraint

The New York Times weighs in on the Cincinnati streetcar project. Read more.

Cincinnati's streetcar advocates fought City Hall, won

A groundswell of citizen support rose from nowhere in just six weeks to fight City Hall and saveCincinnati's streetcar project. Read more.

A triumph for transit in Cincinnati could mark major policy shift

Wired weighs in on the Cincinnati streetcar project. Read more.

New group petitioning to let voters decide streetcar's fate

A newly formed group known as We Believe in Cincinnati announced a petition drive to put the streetcar issue before voters in a special election as soon as February. They said they hoped to collect 12,000 signatures by Saturday, more than double the amount needed to trigger a special election. The petition kickoff startes tonight at 6 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church at 1208 Race Street. Read more.

Macy's parade musical to debut in Cincinnati with Pops Orchestra

A musical developed by the Macy’s parade team will get its concert hall premiere next month when the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs “Macy’s Presents ‘Yes, Virginia’ in Concert.” The concert, to be performed at Music Hall on December 14, is being developed and presented by Macy’s, which is headquartered in Cincinnati. Read more.

Investors perk up as Cincinnati startup scene evolves

It has to be encouraging for Cincinnati’s growing group of young, ambitious startup founders to hear that investors are finding a lot more opportunities locally to put their money than they used to. And the entrepreneurs have themselves partly to thank for that change. Read more.

Cincinnati Partnership driving results, former director says

Cincinnati USA Partnership’s new strategy of driving local job growth by focusing on key industries is delivering results despite concerns raised by local government leaders over the agency’s communications, staffing and responsibilities, said Denyse Ferguson, the Partnership’s former executive director. Read more.

Public Library of Cincinnati gets five-star rating

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County accepted a national honor last week from the library field’s leading professional publication. "The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service" awarded the public library a five-star rating for service. Read more.

A love letter to Cincinnati

Chef David Falk, who owns and operates three restaurants as part of his Boca Restaurant Group, has lived and honed his craft at restaurants in Chicago, Rome and Florence. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Falk moved home to Cincinnati in September 2001 and opened Boca, his first restaurant. Falk lives perched above downtown in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. Read his love letter to Cincinnati.

Ted Kremer, the Cincinnati Reds batboy with Down syndrome, gets his own baseball card

Topps cards absolutely hit a metaphorical grand slam by including Ted Kremer in its 2013 update set, which was released earlier this week. Kremer, a 30-year-old man from the Cincinnati area who has Down syndrome, inspired anybody who heard about his time as a batboy earlier this season for the Cincinnati Reds. Read more.

Why Twitter trends start in Cincinnati

Northlich's Kate Beebe writes a compelling response to the recent Washington Post article titled "Where do Twitter trends start? Try Cincinnati." Read more.

Cincinnati named one of Top 100 Best Places to Live

Livability.com named Cincinnati one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Read more.

Cincinnati's 21C named top hotel in U.S.

Cincinnati's 21C Museum Hotel was voted No. 1 hotel in the country in Condé Nast's Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards this week. Its sister hotels in Louisville and Bentonville also finished in the top 10. Read more.

Three Cincinnati designs among 29 of the most awesome concert posters you will ever see

Three posters designed by Cincinnati-area artists made Buzzfeed's "29 of the Most Awesome Posters You Will Ever See" list. Keith Neltner's poster promoting Paleface at Arnold's Bar and Grill came in at No. 2, while Rob Warnick's poster for Guster at Bogart's ranked No. 9, and Tommy Sheehan's poster for Fun at Bunbury Music Festival came in at No. 16. See these awesome gig posters here.

Nine world-famous street artists you never would have guessed are in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is chock full of amazing local artists, but the city is not exactly known for being the street art capital of the world. However, with the help of places like The Contemporary Arts Center, BLDG, YES Gallery and AGAR, the city is surprisingly well represented by world famous street artists from across the globe. Read more.


C'est Cheese owner among finalists for national commercial

Emily Frank, owner of Cincinnati's C'est Cheese food truck, has been selected as a Top 10 finalist in Mutual of Omaha's 2013 Aha Moment tour.

The Aha Moment tour visited Cincinnati this summer and recorded many videos from local entrepreneurs and others about the one thing that made them go "aha" and change their lives in some way. Frank's video was selected as a top 20 semifinalist from among 4,000 entries, and is now a top 10 finalist in the running to be made into a National Mutual of Omaha commercial.

You can visit the Aha Moment website to vote for your favorite video through October 11.


Cincinnati honored as national leader in green power

The City of Cincinnati was awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its use of nearly 408 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Read more.

Cincinnati named one of top 10 great places to celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, was ranked one of the 10 best Oktoberfest parties in the world by USA Today Travel. Read more.

Boca earns distinction as one of the best French restaurants in the U.S.

Boca, located at 114 East Sixth Street downtown, was named one of the best French restaurants in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine. Read more.

It's curtains for Cincinnati showboat's theater

After 23 seasons spent staging summertime plays and musicals aboard a last-of-its-kind, National Historic Landmark moored to the Queen City's Public Landing on the Ohio River, the shows' producer—Cincinnati Landmark Productions—is shoving off for new adventures. Read more.

From bridges to parks, a budget tour of Porkopolis

The Miami Herald Travel section chronicles a budget tour of Cincinnati, arguing that the best things to do in the Queen City are absolutely free. Read more.

How an Ohio school escaped its academic emergency

A school that was once considered to be one of the worst in the country is slowly pulling itself out of an academic emergency by targeting students' individual needs. Read more.

George Takei to lead World's Largest Chicken Dance

Star Trek star George Takei will lead the World's Largest Chicken Dance at this year's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Read more.

Cincinnati Library ranks top in nation

The Main Library in downtown Cincinnati was ranked the busiest central library in the United States for the second year in a row. Read more here.

Cincinnati Makes Bid to Host 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

Cincinnati is making a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Read the full story here.

Candidates See Cincinnati as Model for New York Schools

Cincinnati's ability to turn run-down schools into community learning centers has gotten the attention of the nation.

Read the full story here.

50 Best New Restaurant Nominees 2013

Bon Appetit's nominees for Best New Restaurant include Cincinnati's Metropole.

See the full list here.

It's Restaurant Week in Cincinnati

About 30 downtown restaurants are participating in Cincinnati's fifth restaurant week.

Read the full story here.

15 Gorgeous Photos of the old Cincinnati Library

As with all search engine friendly-headlines, this one from BuzzFeed says it all: 15 Gorgeous Photos of the old Cincinnati Library.

See the images and cutlines here.

Ohio's Gay Marriage Court Victory Could Spawn New Lawsuits

Two gay Cincinnati men who successfully sued to get their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio are at the forefront of what supporters and experts believe will be a rush of similar lawsuits.

Read the full story here.

What New York sees in Cincinnati

Leadership from the Partnership for New York City business coalition, the United Federation of Teachers and Trinity Wall Street Church have all journeyed to Cincinnati. Why?

Read the full story here.

How One U.S. City Became an Unexpected Hub for Tech Startups

Home to the headquarters of 10 Fortune 500 companies, Cincinnati also supports a growing community of tech startups through accelerator programs, low business taxes and unemployment, and the connecting power of established companies.

Read the full story here.

Why I Like My Entrepreneurs Scared

Palo Alto it ain't, but still, Cincinnati is trying. It has a well-regarded accelerator, the Brandery, which borrows the regional expertise in consumer marketing (this is the homeown for P&G, after all) to help start-ups build a brand. 

Read the full story here.

14-year-old entrepreneur wins SW Cincinnati

Fourteen-year-old Emerson Walker decided to pitch his idea, now named mPlanner, at the Cincinnati Startup Weekend event. It’s only a 60 second pitch in front of 100+ ridiculously smart developers, designers and business people. Why wouldn’t a fourteen year old have the courage to do this? 

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati ranks as 'smart city'

Movato.com's list of 'America's Smartest Cities' ranks Cincinnati as number 9.

See the full story here.

Cincinnati looks to capitalize on alcohol tourism

Business owners and history buffs in Cincinnati want Ohio's third-largest city to carve out its own niche in alcohol tourism and transform a bedraggled, crime-prone neighborhood into a thriving brewery district.

Read the full story here.

Northside's CoSign initiative could become a national model after landing new grant

A Northside community development experiment could go national now that the American Sign Museum has landed a $200,000 grant from ArtPlace America.

Read the full story here.

CoSign snags $200K ArtPlace America grant

With a new $200,000 award, The American Sign Museum will expand its innovative CoSign initiative that pairs artists, small businesses and sign fabricators.

Read the full story here.

Swapping innovation ideas with Cincinnati

A team from Detroit toured Cincinnati in search of innovation: "Cincinnati reminded me that transformation does not happen quickly, but it’s not exactly gradual, either. 'Incremental' is the better term."

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Struggling women sad, angry over sale of nonprofit Ohio home that will become a boutique hotel

After losing a two-year fight with a Fortune 500 company determined to buy their beautiful, 104-year-old property and turn it into a boutique hotel the women of the Anna Louise Inn have to leave the neighborhood.

Read the full story here.

How to Resurrect an Urban School District

The Cincinnati school district has improved both test scores and graduation rates since 2003 while—unlike Atlanta and Washington—transparently pursuing highly collaborative reform strategies that, counter to the current trend, don't rely on rigid hierarchy and punitive accountability.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati baseball fans reap free pizzas

Cincinnati Reds pitchers are striking out batters at a sizzling pace, and their fans are eating it up. A local restaurant chain promises free pizza for ticket-holders any time Reds pitchers whiff at least 11 opponents. 

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Cincinnati: The Queen City's crown shines again

With dueling nicknames of The Queen City for its beauty and Porkopolis for its hog-packing history, Cincinnati cannot be pigeonholed.

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Five free things in Cincinnati, from strolling historic districts to crossing picturesque bridges

Cincinnati is on a huge upswing, and is pumping billions of dollars into new development and revitalization. In less than 10 years, the city has transformed itself back into a growing, bustling destination as businesses and residents flock to downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Read the full story here.

Conde Nast names 21C Museum Hotel one of world's top new destinations

A 1924 landmark turned art hotel in downtown Cincinnati, next to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, makes it to Conde Nast's "hot list."

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Public Staircases: A Walking History Abandoned But Not Forgotten

The historic importance of urban staircases in Cincinnati was created in part because of geographic contrasts poised by steep inclines situated between neighborhoods. 

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How a Young Community of Entrepreneurs is Rebuilding Detroit

Read how Josh McManus, who came to Cincinnati to help launch CoSign and other community development projects, is now making an impact in Detroit.

See the full story here.

Patti Smith's Cincinnati Art Exhibit Will Be a Robert Mapplethorpe Tribute

The Patti Smith exhibit that will open at downtown Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center on May 17 will be a tribute to her close friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Startup Pingage Signs With P&G to Bring Business to Pinterest

Cincinnati-based startup Pingage wants to offer marketers a way to manage content and build a following. It's goal is to become to Pinterest what Buddy Media was to Facebook.

Read full story here.

Fresh perspective on crowdfunding

On March 25, the American Underground and CED welcomed Candace Klein, the founder and CEO of Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend, to share a little about the “ins and outs” of crowdfunding. With a packed house, Candace started off by challenging those who plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign to share personal stories because the investors are “investing in you, not just your product or idea.”

Read the full story here.

15 U.S. Cities Emerging Downtowns

Downtown Cincinnati has been transforming its downtown hub since the 1990s, with an estimated $1.3 billion invested in projects currently in construction or planning stages, according to Downtown Cincinnati Inc. 

Read the rest of the story here.

Cincinnati plan to privatize parking sparks backlash

Cincinnati has plans to privatize parking, but not everyone is happy about the idea.

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Punxsutawney Phil 'indicted' over spring forecast

It's almost April, but Cincinnati is in for another snowstorm. The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was indicted by Butler County officials earlier this week.

Read the full story here.

Toronto's 'Grey Cincinnati' and Montreal's Black Fashion Week look to expand racial boundaries

Ryerson fashion professor Henry Navarro's "Grey Cincinnati" show challenges fashion stereotypes.

Read full story here.

Differential is a hands-on incubator in Cincinnati

The Greater Cincinnati startup scene is diversifying and growing, which is creating opportunities for new types of startup launch platforms. Cincinnati-based Differential is a new company that is leveraging a different type of service and funding model to help startups accelerate their launch.

Read the full story here.

The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County ranks 28th out of 30 on BuzzFeed's latest list of places that booklovers love.

See the full list here.

Eleven Cincinnati Foods That Are Better Than Yours

The worst part about moving away from Cincy is leaving behind this regional feast.

Read the full story of the top 11 here.

Fourteen large-scale abstract paintings by Jim Dine on view at Pace Gallery in New York

In his new body of work, Cincinnatian Jim Dine eliminates the iconic figurative objects of his previous paintings to focus on the act of painting itself. The radical shift developed in the studio over two years.

Read the full story here.

The need for talent in 'fly-over' cities

Along the I-71 corridor from Mason—25 miles south to downtown Cincinnati—quality, early-stage companies are emerging at a fast clip. This momentum is creating a talent crunch for the region, and in turn, new career options for recent college graduates.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati City Hall goes mobile

Never lose track of garbage or recycling day again. Report potholes or graffitti the minute you see it. Keep track of reports you've made to the city. All using your phone. The City of Cincinnati's City Hall app allows you to send in reports and even follow tweets about city services and projects.

Read more and find out how to get the free app here.

Enterprise Social Network Startup Batterii Closes $2.5M Seed, Led By CincyTech

Cincinnati-based enterprise social network startup Batterii, which describes itself as a co-creation software platform, has closed a $2.5 million seed round led by public-private seed stage investor CincyTech—which contributed $500,000 to the round. Other investors include Batterii CEO Kevin C. Cummins, Los Angeles-based investor Ken Salkin and undisclosed individuals.

Read the full story here.

Will Casinos Be a Win for Ohio Cities?

Last year, after Ohio became the latest state to legalize casino gambling, its first gaming complex opened in downtown Cleveland. Casinos in Toledo and Columbus appeared soon thereafter, and another is slated for Cincinnati. But will these glitzy institutions deliver the new tax revenues that political and business leaders expect?

Read the full story here.

Cities' hearts beating strong in Ohio's three C's

After many years and a combined investment of about $10 billion, Ohio’s three largest cities—Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland—are enjoying downtown booms that have added residents, jobs, economic impact and vibrancy.

Read the full story here.

Public-private partnerships lead the way in a Cincinnati neighborhood's revival

There is more than meets-the-eye in Over-The-Rhine and its recent (and unlikely) revival. A unique partnership between city leaders, local corporations and private developers helped to pave the way for what is becoming one of America’s greatest smart growth success stories.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Startup ChoreMonster Makes Chores Fun And They Even Made A Beastie For Us

ChoreMonster launched an update to their app a few days ago that includes a parents section, a redesign of the kids section, a new Monster Carnival and yes, even a new character named TeeCee exclusively for TechCrunch readers. 

Read teh full story here.

How To Build An Internal Social Network That Your Company Loves

When Shane Atchison took the job of CEO at Possible Worldwide in April, he needed a way to get in sync with 1,100 people across 32 offices. Possible, a division of the advertising giant WPP, then acquired three small companies in four months, making the issue even more pressing. How do you build a sense of community when you’ve got people from Poland, Budapest and Moscow connecting with people in Cincinnati or Seattle?

Read the full story here.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities visits Cincinnati, Indianapolis

Last week, Deputy Secretary Porcari was in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, with his counterparts from HUD and EPA, reviewing both cities' progress on key projects funded by the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Read the full story here.

Famous Footwear Shifts Media Business

About a year after changing creative agencies, Famous Footwear has chosen Cincinnati's Empower MediaMarketing for the assignment. The retailer typically spends more than $30 million on media each year.

Read the full story here.

Local libraries part of national trend, via NYTimes

As librarians across the nation struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital age, many public libraries are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores. 

Cincinnati libraries are seizing the day.

Read more here.

The Crowdfunding Crowd is Anxious

The outlines of a new industry are emerging as a few crowdfunding start-ups have found ways to raise money within current rules. They include companies like CircleUp and SoMoLend, which lends money to small, Main Street-type businesses that typically wouldn’t interest private investors.

Read the full story here.

Can venture capital spark discontinuous innovation?

To further boost "discontinuous innovation," Procter & Gamble is leading the charge in forming Cintrifuse, a $100 million venture capital fund-of-funds in Cincinnati

The mantra of “discontinuous innovation,” as initiated by P & G CEO Bob McDonald, is based on the notion of technologies that create entirely new brand categories or new capabilities, rather than just improve an existing product. Creating new categories of revenue streams that are not just incremental, but rather disruptive, is the holy grail for large companies.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnatian wins Nissan social media innovation grant

A device that enables you to learn in your sleep and a low-cost system for improving health care in developing countries are steps closer to reality, thanks to Nissan. Today, Nissan announced that Andrew Saldana of Downey, Calif., Ryan Helsel of Durham, N.C., and Kyle Vath of Cincinnati are the winners of the "Nissan Innovation Garage" campaign, a social media movement designed to inspire and celebrate innovation and provide funding to launch new ideas. 

Read the full story here.

CincyTech seals $3M grant

CincyTech, the Cincinnati-based seed-stage investor, sealed a $3 million grant from Ohio Third Frontier to help it create CincyTech Fund III LLC. 

Read the full story here.

Cities where startups are thriving

It's not exactly the tech-savvy California coast, but Cincinnati is starting to make a name for itself in entrepreneurial circles. The city has made a major turnaround in recent years.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati and the Brandery featured

Innovation comes in many forms in Cincinnati, according to Nibletz, the voice of startups everywhere else.

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Broadway's Just a Suburb of Cincinnati

Katie Holmes stars in “Dead Accounts,” a family comedy now in previews at the Music Box Theater, about morality and middle-class Ohio Catholics written by one of their own, Theresa Rebeck, who grew up outside Cincinnati.

Read the full story here.

Strive Partnership integrates Brandery startup concept

One of the Brandery startup tech concepts known as "Ontract" has recently become part of Strive Partnership’s plan to personalize the education each student receives at Cincinnati, Covington or Newport public schools.

Read the full story here.

How Downtown Cincinnati compares to Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Cincinnati boasts more residents and daily workers than the comparably sized Jacksonville core.

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How Dave Knox and the Brandery launched 25+ companies in 3 years

San Francisco, Boulder, New York City. These are the kinds of cities you expect to hear in a lineup of top cities with startup activity. But there’s something in the water in Cincinnati.

Read an interview with Brandery co-founder Dave Knox here.

MedCity News reports on Innov8 For Health accelerator class

A Cincinnati accelerator for health IT startups that models itself on groups like Rock Health, Blueprint Health and Healthbox has named its inaugural class of companies.

Read more here.

Away games: On the road with the Steelers, in Cincinnati

Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, with all the amenities of a major metropolis wrapped in an envelope of small-town charm, Cincinnati is a fun -- and walkable -- place to spend a fall weekend. 

Read more.

New Girl visits Cincinnati

Travel writer Elaine Labalme has some tips on sights to see in Cincinnati.

Listen here.

Cincinnati top 'dog' on US menus with franks

Sure, Chicago loves its hot dogs. But when it comes to dogs-per-menu, no American city comes close to Cincinnati. Check it out for yourself in this overview offered by Crain's Business Chicago.

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Cincinnati the most tax-friendly city for U.S. business

Cincinnati is the most tax-friendly large city for businesses in the U.S., according to a new study from KPMG International.

Read more of the story here.

Senate hot dogs rank in Forbes' top-10 list

Senate hot dogs rank among the nation's best in Forbes' top-10 list, with the magazine praising Daniel Wright's culinary creativity at the "trendy gastropub."

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FotoFocus featured in New York Times

FotoFocus, Cincinnati's month-long celebration of photography, gets a shout-out in The New York Times fall arts preview.

Read the excerpt here.

High Street hosts Martha Stewart for special event

Local entrepreneurs and design pros at High Street hosted their idol, Martha Stewart, for a special Procter & Gamble event last week.

Read about it here

Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance Improves 1,000 Homes, Driving Energy Efficiency

Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance Improves 1,000 Homes, Driving Energy Efficiency and Economic Development.

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Cincinnati goes exposed

Scion's 8th Exposed event took place below the streets of Cincinnati in a half-mile long underground tunnel.

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Cheesy Goodness

Local favorite Tom + Chee gets a shout-out from foodie travelers at Pop Culture Cuisine.

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Cincinnati cracks top 5 in most sexually satisfied cities

Cincinnati ranks fourth in Time's calculations of most sexually satisfied cites. Do you doubt it?

Read on.

A Cincinnati park shifts the paradigm

Over-The-Rhine’s tipping point wasn’t in the form of an eco-friendly general store or gourmet popsicle shop (it now has both), but rather the renovation of the neighborhood’s cultural heart, Washington Park.

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Hundreds apply for jobs at Cincinnati's new casino

Nearly 1,200 people have applied to be table dealers or supervisors at a casino under construction in downtown Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati ranks high in honesty survey

About 10,000 people approached the booths in the "National Honesty Index" survey, conducted Aug. 8-19 in about 50 locations and monitored by undercover workers.

Read the full story here.

LPK's brand expansion for Knob Creek Rye gets noticed

The design for the original Knob Creek Bourbon was highly recognizable and considered legendary by the brand’s fan base, so design agency LPK’s work for the brand’s expansion, which includes Knob Creek Rye, was an exercise in restraint. 

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Can the centers hold?

Ohio’s three largest cities—Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland—are reinvesting in their urban cores, eager to capitalize on a renewed interest in city living. But is the deck stacked against them? 

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Winning A 5 Minute Pitch: How Candace Klein Won $1.7M in 25 Competitions (And Why She and SoMoLend A

“Tell me something unique or quirky about you. Something nobody knows.” Candace Klein, the founder of Bad Girl Ventures andSoMoLend, an online lending platform, was still in high energy last night after presenting her live pitch strategies to several hundred entrepreneurs in Salt Lake. The small dinner group was the denouement of an intense evening. She’d flown in earlier in the day to give her presentation at the University of Utah for Grow America and the local Entrepreneur Circle Meetup. Response was so overwhelming, Grow America EVP Richard Swart had moved the event to a bigger facility. Twice.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati-style chili rules a region

If you haven't been to Cincinnati, it is impossible to imagine how beloved chili is here. The city has its own unique and distinctive chili style reflected mainly in several regional chains like Empress, which claims to have started it all in 1922.

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Charlie Sheen donates $50,000 to Reds Community Fund

Actor Charlie Sheen, a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, has pledged to donate $50,000 to the team’s Community Fund, matching the amount broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for charity in return for having his head shaved on the field.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati studying bike share program

Cincinnati is conducting a feasibility study on establishing a bike share program in the city. 

Melissa McVey with the Transportation and Engineering Department says the program would allow people to rent bicycles for short periods of time.

Read the full story here.

Reds: Hottest team in baseball

It's July 30, and the Reds are tied for the best record in baseball. How does this happen? Joey Votto's been out two weeks and might miss two more. Opening Day third baseman Scott Rolen's been terrible and/or injured. The starting rotation has Johnny Cueto and a bunch of mid-to-back-rotation types. Ryan Madson, the pricey offseason closer signing, never threw a single pitch in Cincinnati.

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Chef Jose Salazar interviewed by Honest Cooking

From Cincinnati's own Ilene Ross: Recently we were visiting one of our favorite chefs, Jose Salazar, at The Palace at The Cincinnatian Hotel to shoot him (with a camera of course) for our story on herbs. We were about to wrap, when Chef Salazar received a phone call and asked us if we could hang out for a bit; his morel purveyor was on his way in with a stellar haul.

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Chicken, egg redevelopment process coming along in Cincy

Proof of Cincinnati’s resurgence is evident in its recent hosting of the World Choir Games, a competition that is considered the “Olympics of choral music.”

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The park at the forefront of Cincinnati's revitalization

Last week, Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory and a bevy of festive accomplices re-opened beautiful, 150-year-old Washington Park, in the heart of the city’s revitalizing Over the Rhine district. It had been closed for 20 months’ worth of renovations and, judging by the spectacular photos, it has been worth the wait. Wow.

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Obama visits Skyline Chili

President Obama stopped by the iconic Ohio fast food restaurant Skyline Chili this afternoon. Obama, who is in Cincinnati for a campaign speech later today, ordered a four-way with beans and two cheese Coneys (hotdogs). The president took his food to go.
 
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Cincinnati vs. Cincinnati

In a post on Cincinnati called “A Midwest Conundrum” the author noted the apparent disconnect between a place that has probably the best collection of assets of any city/region its size in America, and the long-term stagnation the region has experienced.

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Cincinnati helps stranded Indonesian choir

After arriving late to the World Choir Games, an Indonesian choir was stranded and had little moeny. With the help of a volunteer translator, Cincinnati citizens generously helped the choir.

Watch the video here.

The Olympics of choral music come to Cincinnati

Officially called the World Choir Games, this Herculean singing competition features hundreds of choirs from around the world. This year is the first time it will be held in the U.S. — in Cincinnati. 

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Towne Properties creates community

For Towne Properties, the right market has been the Cincinnati area, and its best-selling amenity has been a “sense of community.” The firm got its start in Mt. Adams—a hilltop neighborhood with views of the city, the Ohio River.

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Singing the praises of Cincinnati

From July 4-14, the World Choir Games, also known as "The Olympics of Choir Music," will take place in Ohio's Queen City (derived from its 19th century status as "Queen of the West"). Some 367 choirs from nearly 50 countries will compete in categories that include jazz, pop, folk, barbershop, gospel and show choirs, as popularized by the hit TV show "Glee."

Read the full story here.

Ohio cities focus on river as key to development

Developers and planners say the question that cities including Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland have to answer is not whether to use their riverfronts but how to best link them to city centers to attract new residents and businesses and strengthen their economies.

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Cincinnati leaders get ready for World Choir Games

City officials are trying to make sure Cincinnati will be welcoming, informative and safe as they prepare to host the World Choir Games next month in an event expected to draw tens of thousands of people from around the globe to southwest Ohio.

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Cincinnati Council looking to create re-entry task force

Cincinnati Council could vote this week to set up a task force to study re-entry services for ex-offenders. The Public Safety Committee approved the idea last week.

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Graeter's makes list of top ice creams in the US

U.S. News & World Report ranks Cincinnati's own Graeter's Ice Cream as the sixth best ice cream in the country. In addtion to praising the sweet stuff's French Pot swirling process, the national publication cites black raspberry chip as favorite flavor.

Spoiler alert: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, of Columbus, Ohio, ranked number one overall. Find Jeni's locally at both Melt and Picnic and Pantry in Northside.

See the full list here.

Cincinnati comes back to its shoreline

A shout-out from The New York Times!

The shoreline of this Ohio River city, which in the 19th century hummed with 30 steamboat visits a day but faded in the 20th as pollution and industrial disinvestment pushed people and businesses inland, is emerging again as a hub of civic and economic vitality.

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Five reasons to put the Queen City on your travel list

The selling points may not be beaches or sky-high geysers, but Cincy does have the mojo. Here are 5 reasons why you should add Cincinnati to your US travel list, including the American Sign Museum.

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Five reasons why Cincinnati is THE place for startup ventures

As an ambitious entrepreneur interested in heading a startup venture, it is important to select the right city to foster your success. While many may assume that Silicon Valley is the only place to be if you want to get noticed and attract investment, the fact is that incredible investment opportunities are readily available elsewhere. What’s more, you may find that a city you hadn’t previously thought of offers an even better opportunity than you imagined. The case for Cincinnati, Ohio can be made with five points.

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Cincinnati makes list of top riverfront towns

Cincinnati has taken an especially hands-on approach to reclaiming its waterfront, clearing a path through old highways and industrial parks. This fall, it's slated to open the first phase of a $120 million, 45-acre riverfront park at its center.

See the full list here.

Venture For America founder named one of most creative people in business

Andrew Yang named one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people on business for his work with Venture for America. Cincinnati was chosen as one of VFA's first cities.

See the full list here and read Soapbox's Q&A with Yang here.

Cincinnati fights its way back into hearts of hip, trendy

Cincinnati has always done an impressive job of mixing past and present -- its most popular attractions are updated versions of places that have drawn visitors for years, including the Museum Center in historic Union Terminal and Fountain Square, which on warm summer nights is crammed with people.

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Getting it right in the Queen City

Meet Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. His mid-sized city is currently engaged in building three important, interconnected urban projects, which could bring a real spark to downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. One project will create a new mixed-use neighborhood in between the city’s riverfront stadiums, along with a generous new waterfront park. 

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Salon highlights Cincinnati's Community Entertainment Districts

Salon.com writes: A great example of urban entertainment is Cincinnati, where, rather than busting in with relocation plans and a branding scheme, the city has designated five neighborhoods Community Entertainment Districts where aspiring restaurateurs can simply get a liquor license directly from the state for about $1,500, rather than on the open market where they cost up to $30,000.

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Cincinnati success studied by Toledo

As Toledo Public Schools finds itself in the midst of a political battle over who should run the federally funded Head Start program, it also finds itself in uncharted waters and is looking to Cincinnati Public Schools for inspiration.

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Cincinnati venture powers corporate creativity

Batterii, a Cincinnati-based open-collaboration innovation software venture, has raised $800,000 in seed-stage funding, hired a seasoned West Coast technology executive as its CEO and added six other key executives to its management team.

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Cincinnati: the greenest city in America

Many cities trumpet their sustainability initiatives to claim the title of “greenest” city in America, but it’s hard to argue with the ongoing turnaround from brown to green in Cincinnati.

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'Godzillus' fossil found in Cincinnati

Scientists are baffled after an amateur Kentucky paleontologist discovered a 150-pound mystery beast nicknamed the 'Godzillus' fossil in Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati dumps Duke Energy

Today, Duke Energy found out that more than 50,000 commercial and residential electricity users in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, are dumping Duke and shifting to 100 percent clean energy. Cincinnati is a trendsetter: it is the first city in Ohio, and the first of its size in the nation, to go 100 percent green.
 
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Cincinnati is launchpad to revamp job training

This week in Cincinnati, the Kasich administration brought together GE Aviation, Duke Energy, health-care providers, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, the University of Cincinnati, technical schools and business groups such as the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to discuss how they can be the business community’s “first responders” to help them fill their employment needs.
 
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Fifth Third 1Q earnings quadruple after Vantiv IPO

Fifth Third Bancorp reported sharply higher first-quarter net income Thursday, thanks in part to the regional bank's stake in the payment processor Vantiv.
 
Cincinnati-based Fifth Third reported net income of $421 million, or 45 cents per share. That compares with $88 million, or 10 cents per share, reported in the same period last year. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected the bank to earn 35 cents per share, on average.

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Cincinnati may scrap parking minimums downtown

Cincinnati City Councilor Roxanne Qualls is leading the charge to abolish parking minimums for developers building homes in the downtown and Over-the-Rhine neighborhoods.

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Health jobs grow in Cincinnati region

Hospitals in the Cincinnati region had more than 3,500 job openings at the end of 2011, a 26 percent increase from 2010, according to the newest annual vacancy report by Greater Cincinnati Health Council released Wednesday.

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New plan to reduce litter in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council could soon pass a new ordinance to give owners of littered properties an added incentive to clear them of trash. Member P.G. Sittenfeld announced the plan this morning in the West End. He said litter is the single most frequent complaint to the city. 

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SpringBoard featured in Art Place America

SpringBoard is a program from ArtWorks of Cincinnati made possible in part by an ArtPlace grant of $150,000. The goal is to provide artisans and creative entrepreneurs with business development training and a collaborative work space in the city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, which will be home to a proposed streetcar line.

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P&G's pampered investors

Procter & Gamble is hardly a gamble.
 
Given the consumer products giant's stable of leading brands and history of delivering steady earnings, the stock is a quintessential 'buy and hold' investment.
 
Late Friday, Procter & Gamble (ticker: PG) announced that it would increase its quarterly dividend by 7%, to 56.2 cents a share.

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CAC makes '50 Coolest Museums' list

The Contemporary Arts Center downtown got a nod on Complex's list of the 50 coolest museums.

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Michael Keating: His neighbor's keeper and chronicler

When Michael Keating moved to Lakeside Park, Ky., in 1981, life was just opening up for him. He had been a staff photographer at The Cincinnati Enquirer for two years and his wife, Sarah, was pregnant with their first child. He went on to work for the Enquirer until earlier this year. 

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Cincinnati startups get help from top college grads

Venture for America chose Cincinnati as one of its initial launch cities, and Time Magazine features Define My Style, a Cincinnati startup, that is recruiting through the initiative.

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P&G Mentors Start-Ups at the Brandery on Their Image

In a world where image is key, start-ups often find themselves playing catch up. Marketing advice for start-ups is now available through relatively new "incubator" programs, like the Brandery, a Cincinnati-based program that pairs tech start-up founders with mentors from big marketers like Procter & Gamble, as well as major branding agencies.
 
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Watch Ohio Knife give away 100 guitars at SXSW

While in Austin, Texas for SXSW, Ohio Knife worked with Landor to create a spectacle in the streets. While performing a song, 100 guitars where given away from the back of a flatbed truck. 

Watch the video here.

Road Trip! Destination: Cincinnati

Events calendars in Cincinnati most days are chock full of festivals, music jamborees and museum events from cultural staples such as the Cincinnati Ballet, Opera and Symphony. This year, the city will get a chance to poke its chest out a little farther than normal.

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SXSW: Cincinnati Startup Bus Hits the Road

The Startup Bus is capturing the imagination of Cincinnati’s many marketing professionals, coders and front-end designers, many of whom work in Southwest Ohio’s burgeoning startup scene.

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Chalk one up for Cincinnati Magazine

The March 2012 issue of Cincinnati magazine is hot. This innovative cover from the little C market can show those big city A market magazines how it’s done.

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Site helps neighbors share rarely used goods

Now in beta, Ohio-based Share Some Sugar aims to enable neighbors to “share what you have and borrow what you need". Toward that end, owners and borrowers both begin by signing up with the site and creating a profile, including the neighborhood in which they live.

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Cincinnati School District welcomes Teach for America

After months of talks, the Cincinnati school district and charter schools in Northeastern and Southwestern Ohio have agreed to hire Teach for America teachers for the coming school year. 

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Smart Growth America interviews Mayor Mallory

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is on a mission to support economic development in his city, and he’s using smart growth and downtown development strategies to accomplish that goal.

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CincyTech's Venerable on Spreading the Seed+ Strategy from Coast to Coast

While the coastal icons of super-angeldom are well-known, this kind of investing is occurring broadly across the country from smaller players and groups.

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Two local chefs get 'Best New Chef' nominations

Two local chefs grab nominations for Food & Wine's best new chef. Jose Salazar at The Palace and Daniel Wright of Senate make the prestigious list.

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Cincinnati Edition talks with Frank Russell for GOOD

A podcast featuring UC planning professor Frank Russell, who is in search of designers for a GOOD challenge.

Listen to the broadcast here.

Dear Hollywood: Don't forget Cincinnati Magazine's Zanesville massacre story

On the excellent chance that someone in Hollywood feels either GQ's or Esquire's magazine story belongs on the big screen, I humbly suggest one more set of rights to snap up: Those to Jonah Ogles' Cincinnati Magazine piece on the Zanesville animal massacre.

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Ohio accelerators get $760,000 in latest round of Ohio Third Frontier grants

Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus accelerators that invest in healthcare startups are recipients of some of the $760,000 in new grant funds approved by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission this week.

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Cincinnati: beer, bourbon, ballet, Monet

I sometimes forget what a rich cultural resource we Lexingtonians have in Cincinnati, just 80 miles north of us. I am reminded of it every time I head there for a premier event, such as the recent performance by Shen Yun, the New York-based company famous for its classical Chinese ethnic and folk dancing.

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Cincinnati ready to pass city worker partner benefits

When Chris Seelbach ran for Cincinnati council last year, a platform plank was to make the city more inclusive, more fair, and increase benefits to everyone. Voters responded by overwhelmingly electing Seelbach, making him the first openly gay Cincinnati official.
 
Seelbach’s first legislative initiative would establish health and pension benefits for unmarried partners of city employees, same-sex and opposite sex.
 
The measure passed its first reading 8-1 on January 11, Seelbach’s second council meeting. It also has the support of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

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US Airways to have Cincinnati-Washington flights

US Airways is launching a nonstop service between the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Reagan National Airport outside Washington. The airline on Monday said the service would begin in May.

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Cincinnati could be completely powered by renewables this year

Powering any city with 100 percent renewable energy sources without any significant cost increase for consumers is a no-brainer, right? The answer is definitely “yes” in Cincinnati, Ohio, where city officials are working on a deal that could have only renewable electrons flowing across the city by this summer.

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Cincinnati moves toward 100 percent renewable energy

Cincinnati could be the first US city to be powered entirely on renewable energy, without any additional cost to taxpayers, reports UrbanCincy.

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Hamilton County Library named among top for children

Reading to dogs and reading outdoors are encouraged at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Cincinnati. Those are just some of the ways librarians here get children to engage with literacy programs.

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Cincinnati schools ahead of new national school lunch ruling

This month high schools and K-12 schools across Cincinnati installed student and school-friendly vending machines that feed kids in less than 20 seconds, are visually stimulating and USDA-approved to distribute healthy meals.

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Cincinnati cracks top 10 list of US most literate cities

Here is the top 10 most literate cities for 2011, which includes Cincinnati, as ranked by Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller, based on data that includes number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation and Internet resources.

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Robinson impacted Cincinnati amid segregation

By the mid-1950s, Reds fans had grown accustomed to seeing African-American players the likes of Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron -- as visiting ballplayers. It wasn't until Frank Robinson walked into Crosley Field in 1956 that Cincinnati finally had a black baseball superstar of its own.

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Venture for America comes to Cincinnati

Ivy League senior Ethan Carlson recently turned down a job with a global-energy consulting practice and instead pledged to spend two years working for an entrepreneur with Venture for American, perhaps with a focus on renewable energy, in a struggling U.S. city, which may be Cincinnati.

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Hathaways takes a spot on The Splendid Table

This week we meet Nordic chef Rene Redzepi, author of Noma, Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine. The Sterns are at Hathaway's Coffee Shop in Cincinnati, OH and Jenna Woginrich gives advice on raising egg-laying chickens in the city.

Listen to the podcast here.

Hollywood returns to Ohio in upcoming movie shoots

Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley will star in the latest movie set to film in Ohio, which has been courting Hollywood with state tax incentives. The Ohio Department of Development said Tuesday that credits totaling more than $1.5 million have been approved for two more movies.

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Greentree helping streamline health care education

Sarah Yost, a sophomore at Miami University Middletown, has always dreamed of being a nurse. Still a few years from graduation, she’s already getting valuable experience through the use of high-tech equipment, including a mannequin that simulates everything from heart attacks to bowel obstructions.

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Venture for America comes to Cincinnati

Ivy League senior Ethan Carlson recently turned down a job with a global-energy consulting practice and instead pledged to spend two years working for an entrepreneur, perhaps with a focus on renewable energy, in a struggling U.S. city, including Cincinnati.

Read the full story here.

Elyria, Columbus, Cincinnati, to get training help for minorities

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was expected Monday to announce plans for training programs at three community colleges that will aim to provide certain groups of people with job skills and employment services.

The work force development initiative would include one-year pilot programs at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College and Lorain County Community College in Elyria.

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Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Monday with plenty of room to spare.

The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was chosen on 495 of 573 ballots (86 percent) in voting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, well above the necessary 75 percent. Larkin was on the ballot for the third time after falling 75 votes short last year.

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Cincinnati chili

In Cincinnati they heat things up with heaping bowls of chili cooked until practically melted, with additions such as warm spices like cinnamon, cocoa powder, allspice, and cloves, and a touch of sweet molasses. Served over spaghetti and topped with hearty beans, cheese, and onion, it’s like no chili you have had before, but definitely one you’ll make over and over again.
 
Read the full story, and get the recipe, here.

Soapbox on Cincinnati Edition

Soapbox Cincinnati presented its 12 Things to Watch For in 2012 in its first issue of the year, and Managing Editor Elissa Yancey expounds upon those in a conversation with Mark Perzel.

Read the full story, and listen to the whole program, here.

Launch women's speaker series: Candace Klein

Candace Klein, local attorney and entrepreneur will be at Launch for a FREE event for female business women and owners to learn more about how to acquire funding for their small business venture goals or launch or run their own businesses.

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Cincinnati to start streetcar construction

The uncertainty in Congress over the future of funding for the nation’s transportation programs has not yet hit local transit authorities, which will collectively spend billions of dollars this year on enhancements to their local public transportation networks. At least 33 metropolitan areas in the U.S. — and five in Canada — are planning to invest in new BRT, streetcar, light rail, metro rail, or commuter rail projects in 2012, including Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati joins ranks of improving markets for housing

Cincinnati was one of 40 housing markets added to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index.

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Pass It Forward: Bad Girls Ventures Invests in women entrepreneurs

Women 2.0 interviews Candace Klein, Founder & CEO of Bad Girls Ventures -- a non-profit, micro-finance organization focused on educating and financing woman-owned start-up companies.

Read the full story here.

Growing a new city

Friends say Brunner is a perfect fit as new president and CEO of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority. The 52-year-old real estate executive and former CPA has the experience and connections to make deals work.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati makes top 10 list for US travel destinations

Lonely Planet placed Cincinnati as number three on their list of Top 10 US travel destinations for 2012.

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Stuck or content?

Cincinnati journalist Julie Zimmerman writes, "When I moved to Ohio, which Florida cites as the third most "stuck" state in America, I, like Florida, assumed many people lived here because they lacked the chance to move somewhere better. I thought at the time I’d be here two years, maybe three, before moving onto the next opportunity."

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Shared accountability outside of Cincinnati

Last week, my colleagues released a paper that, in part, touted a successful community-school partnership in Cincinnati. Together, more than 300 nonprofits, schools, businesses, community providers, and other organizations, collaborate to provide ongoing support and education for children within their community from “cradle to career.”

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CSO reserve seats for tweeters

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) began using tweet seats in September. Chris Pinelo, CSO vice president for communication, said it was successful based on heavy hashtag traffic.

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Awesome waffles from Taste of Belgium

At Taste of Belgium's two locations in Cincinnati, chef Jean-François Flechet serves what he calls "the authentic Belgian waffle." The recipe, which is native to Liège, produces a cake-like doughy pastry that reminds me of...well, it's tough to say.

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FlowWorks Launches in Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati is the latest municipality to join FlowWorks. Beginning immediately, the city is moving its environmental monitoring data onto the FlowWorks web platform where it can be securely stored, edited, analyzed and turned into actionable information.

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Twitter research: It's where the money and action is

Two professors from Wellesley College’s Department of Computer science have been awarded a nearly half million dollar National Science Foundation grant to build an application that gauges the trustworthiness of information shared on social networks, and in particular Twitter.

Separately, a pair of University of Cincinnati computer science students will have to wait for their Twitter payday, but they’ve got a good start by creating a Web-based app called Tweetographer that helps users mine for useful data in Twitter about what’s going on in their area.

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Cincinnati voters clear the way for streetcar, joining national trend

This time it’s real.  Cincinnati voters have (again) defeated a misguided attempt to block the city’s new streetcar, which now will move forward and could be operational as early as 2013.

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Andy Dalton leads a new breed of Bengals

Quarterback Andy Dalton inadvertently added to his celebrity at Texas Christian University when he rushed water to save a dog suffering from heat prostration. Now, backed by one of the NFL's staunchest defenses, he is working to reinvigorate a Cincinnati Bengals franchise that has known more than its share of dog days.

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Have You Tried This Yet? showcases P&G's innovations

Following a successful launch last year, the Procter & Gamble Company is once again highlighting the benefits of many of its innovative brands via the Have You Tried This Yet? program, a comprehensive campaign designed to highlight innovative products for self, family and home, each delivering great performance.

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Cincinnati in list of 25 worst cities for young people, but ahead of many cities you may not expect

While Cincinnati did make the Daily Beasts' list of 25 worst cities for young people, it ranks ahead of cities like Honolulu, Virginia Beach, Seattle and others. The rankings are based on unemployment rates, percentage of marriages, debt and a few other categories.

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A Twitter push to keep Chiquita from splitting town

Cincinnati and Charlotte, N.C., are similar in size and culture, and now they are going head to head in an effort to gain the favor of Chiquita. The fruit company is considering moving its Cincinnati headquarters, taking more than 300 jobs with it. Using Twitter to communicate directly with the company's chief executive officer, Fernando Aguirre, both cities are fighting for the jobs, in what is now being called, 'The Tale of Two Hashtags."

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Cincinnati's Jim Price named one of AdAge's Media Mavens

Jim Price is a decided contradiction to that old adage that "the first generation creates and the second preserves." Yes, Mr. Price is the son of Empower founder Mary Beth Price -- a former Advertising Age Media Maven -- and Empower's chairman and former CEO, Bill Price. But since the younger Mr. Price, 34, became president of the agency in 2009 and CEO late last year, he's hardly been standing pat.

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Recyclebank, Cincinnati celebray one year anniversary

In October, the city of Cincinnati celebrates the one-year anniversary of the launch of its enhanced recycling program and the implementation of the Recyclebank rewards program. The city of Cincinnati can now boast a 49 percent increase in the tonnage of recyclables collected in the past six months compared with the same period in 2010.

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Strive Partnership in Cincinnati achieves better results in schools

In Greater Cincinnati, leaders of the education, nonprofit, community, civic and philanthropic sectors are working together to tackle some of our most pressing challenges, and to take advantage of some of our biggest opportunities to achieve these results for every child, cradle to career.

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Special museums keep 'Tubes Lit' in yesterday's TV gear

Cincinnati is something of a U.S. broadcast Mecca, with a great deal of pioneering taking place in the region. Located just north of the city in the former home of the VOA's Bethany shortwave transmitting plant is a relatively new entry in broadcast equipment collections

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Park marks downtown revitalization progress

Cincinnati-based developer Develco Inc. helps with a park, which is one of the main catalysts for revitalizing downtown Springfield, which is one of the five goals for the Greater Springfield Moving Forward initiative.

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Fotofocus announces 2012 month-long celebration of photography in Cincinnati

FotoFocus, a nonprofit arts organization, announces the October 2012 launch of its first biennial month-long regional celebration of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art. On Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, 7 to 10 p.m., in collaboration with 3CDC’s Fountain Square Rocktober Series, FotoFocus will preview highlights of the October 2012 upcoming event with video works and still images from featured exhibitions.

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Art Museum hires Danis for renovation

The Cincinnati Art Museum awarded the contract for the renovation of its former Art Academy building to Dayton-based Danis Building Construction Company

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Business school at Miami U aids Afghan students' efforts to solve country's social problems

Students from war-torn Afghanistan are hoping to find solutions to that country's social and economic problems with help from a southwest Ohio university's business school.

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Obama takes jobs fight to his adversaries' turf

President Obama was back on the road on Thursday to sell his jobs plan — at an aging and overtaxed bridge connecting the home states of his chief Republican antagonists in Congress, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader.

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Review: Booker T. delivers at MidPoint

The MPMF is dominated, numbers-wise, by up-and-coming bands and musicians in their 20s, it was a nice change to see the spotlight fall upon a 66-year-old.

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Consortium views arts as engines of recovery

In a broad effort, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, has helped to enlist an unusual consortium of foundations, corporations and federal agencies that will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, one of which is ArtWorks in Cincinnati.

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Can Twitter stop Chiquita from splitting Cincinnati?

A group of mostly marketing and advertising executives from Cincinnati today launched a Tweet campaign to keep Chiquita, its Twitter-loving CEO Fernando Aguirre and its roughly 400 jobs in Cincinnati.

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EW Scipps to Stream Live Video to Mobile Devices

The E.W. Scripps Co. said Thursday that it will become the first TV station group in the nation to deliver live video programming to mobile devices.

The launch will occur in nine markets: Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Fla., Cleveland, Baltimore, Kansas City, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Fla. and Tulsa, Okla.

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Old Mug Shots Fuel Art, and a Debate on Privacy

People have long romanticized the 1950s — Marilyn Monroe’s windswept dress, Sun rockabilly 45s, beatnik coffeehouse gatherings, Madison Avenue martini lunches.

But old, forgotten mug shots? What is appealing about that?

Two young women in Cincinnati are testing the fringes of Fabulous Fifties nostalgia by selling reproductions of 1955 police mug shots. And their company, Larken Design, has found such a good response here that it is expanding.

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Midpoint Music Festival Schedule

Hello, second favorite music festival! Taking a backseat (pun intended) to only SXSW, Midpoint Music Festival, or MPMF, is my top pick of fests. MPMF takes place in downtown Cincy from September 22-24, and my favorite thing about it is what I like dearly about SXSW, anything can be a venue. Art museum? Sure! Let’s throw up a stage and have music! My only wish: Comedy and day parties.

But to what you came here for, the schedule. The lineup is outstanding, and we give you our personal guarantee that you’ll have a great time. We’ll throw down some previews and suggestions in the coming weeks, but make sure you go ahead and plan accordingly from this schedule. Enjoy.

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Cincinnati Bell Congratulates Taft on Second Consecutive 'Excellent' Rating

For the second year in a row, Cincinnati's Taft Information Technology High School has earned a rating of "Excellent" on its Ohio Report Card from the Ohio Department of Education. Taft is one of three high schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools district to receive the "Excellent" rating for the 2010-2011 school year. This year's performance continues the school's dramatic 10-year transformation to one of the city's top-performing high schools.

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P&G touches millions with philanthropy

Procter and Gamble, one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world, claims that well over 22 million Pakistanis have benefited from its corporate social responsibility initiatives over the course of the two decades the firm has had a presence in Pakistan.

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UPS expands board to include Candace Kendle

Candace Kendle, the co-founder and former chairwoman and CEO of global clinical research firm Kendle International, is the latest addition to the UPS board. The Cincinnati company was acquired by INC Research LLC for $232 million last month.

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Final preps being made for Western Southern tourney

Final preparations are being made in Mason for the Western and Southern Open. The tournament opens Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center and will include many of the sport's biggest stars.

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Fifth Third's profit more than doubles in 2Q

Regional banking company Fifth Third Bancorp reported Thursday that its second-quarter earnings more than doubled as credit trends continued to rebound.

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Cincinnatian leads scrapbooking's digital revolution

Cincinnati's Darcy Crociata, a once-avid scrapbooker turned avid "Facebooker," is preparing to launch LifeBlinx, a patent-pending Facebook app that streamlines turning uploaded photos and wall posts into ready-made scrapbooks.

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Fountain Square development a model for big-city projects

After a $48.9 million renovation by Cooper, Robertson and the landscape architects Olin, Fountain Square is a lively plaza with parklike plantings, a giant LED board, and a full calendar of events. (The fountain also now sits in a sunnier location, thanks to Olin's landscape design.) 3CDC estimates that the renovation, completed in 2008, has generated $125 million in further investment around the square.

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Senate ranks in top 10 hot-dog survey

Hip City Guide Complex.com rates top dogs from around the country. While usual suspects rank at the very top -- Chicago, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco -- OTR's Senate makes a mouth-watering entry at number six.

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Jean-Robert de Cavel: A love affair with food, life and serving others

Motivated Magazine's recent issue features Cincinnati Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel on its cover. The Canadian magazine interviewed de Cavel about the motivation and inspiration in his professional life.

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Zayo Investing to Expand Its Fiber Infrastructure in Cincinnati

Zayo Group, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, plans to expand its fiber network in Cincinnati adding several miles to the central business district and doubling its on-net building count.

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P&G readies new detergent global launch

Procter & Gamble upgrades its Ariel laundry detergent by using 3-D technology for its product development and marketing campaign.

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Paddlefest fills river with kayaks, canoes

With more than 2,000 Paddlefest participants in kayaks and canoes on the Ohio River this weekend, organizers say it's the largest paddling event of its kind in the country. 

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Recycled plastic bottles to become casino uniforms

Cintas introduced new shirts for casino workers that are partly made from recycled plastic bottles. Each shirt uses five recycled bottles, and comes in five different colors that are machine-washable. Cintas also has a recycled apparel line for hospital staff including scrubs and polo shirts.

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How three cities are solving big problems

Leaders in Cincinnati and two neighboring cities in Kentucky are working together on a comprehensive approach, "cradle to career," on education. What began as scattershot approaches turned into a highly coordinated approach to the full education continuum.

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Kroger bans BPA from store brands and receipts

Kroger responds to the BPA-free movement by banning the BPA chemical from its store brand canned foods and receipts. Although there is no scientific evidence that minimal exposure to BPA is unsafe, consumers have raised a concern and Kroger wants to serve and honor their concerns.

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BrandZ top 100 most valuable global brands include P&G's Gillette, Pampers

The BrandZ top 100 Most Valuable Global consumer-facing brands rank General Electric, parent company of GE Aviation in Evendale at number ten and Procter & Gamble's Gillette and Pampers rank in the top 40.

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Top 15 U.S. Startup Accelerator and Incubator programs

Tech Cocktail's list of the top Startup accelerator and incubator programs in the U.S. was determined by three components including qualified financing events, success of the companies that came out of an accelerator, and accelerator program characteristics. The Brandery in Cincinnati ranked #10 of 15 programs.

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Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky companies rank on the 2011 Fortune 500 list

Ten Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky companies ranked on the "2011 Fortune 500 list." Topping out the local list, Kroger was ranked 25th and Procter & Gamble 26th. Other companies included Macy's, Fifth Third, Omnicare, Ashland Inc., AK Steel Holding Corp, Western & Southern Financial Group, General Cable, and American Financial Group.
 
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Chiquita HQ to stay in Cincinnati through 2012

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has signed a 16-month extension keeping the consumer-products company downtown through 2012. That gives Chiquita more time to negotiate a headquarters retention agreement with the state of Ohio or relocate to another state.

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P&G, Wal-Mart expand family friendly film content

Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart have expanded their partnership to produce more family-friendly films geared towards all ages. The two corporations have already made four films for "Family Movie Night," which have shown or will plan to be shown on major television networks such as NBC and Fox.

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P&G joins forces with Recyclebank

Due to the successful collaboration with RecycleBank recycling rewards program in Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble will expand its collaboration nationwide. This partnership further promotes P & G's and RecycleBank's mission of educating the public and rewarding consumers for protecting and improving the environment.

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The Ultimate Sports Cities!

TUSC.com, a sports fan website, ranked Cincinnati number 19 among top cities that hosted popular TUSC events. Sports fans had the ability to share experiences of the sporting venues and events, ranking Cincinnati as a host for 14 of the top sporting events in the world.

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Urban centers draw more young, educated adults

Educated 20- and 30-somethings are flocking to live downtown in the USA's largest cities - even urban centers that are losing population. Cincinnati gained 28% from 2000 to 2009 in 25- to 34-year-olds who have a four-year degree or higher and live within 3 miles of a metro area's central business district.

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P&G, Macy's in the top 50 for female executives

The National Association for Female Executives ranked the top 50 companies for women leaders, recognizing the important qualities a woman brings to the company. Procter & Gamble and Macy's are among the fifty to make the list.

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The Rush to Build Walkable Urban Grocery Stores

Cincinnati's Mayberry Foodstuffs provides a walkable convenient grocery store for downtown residents, reshaping the urban grocery experience despite its smaller size.

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Procter & Gamble to form consumer-health venture with Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) and Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) agreed to combine their consumer-health businesses outside North America in a joint venture that aims to capture more of the $200 billion market for over-the-counter medicines.

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Fans connect with Cincinnati Reds heroes via kiosks

Cincinnati Reds fans can look forward to a more interactive experience with their favorite players this baseball season. Three kiosks will allow them to conduct "virtual" interviews with their favorite players starting on opening day, March 31, at Great American Ballpark.

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To innovate for boomers, P&G and LG are tapping... college kids?!

Procter & Gamble looks to students for design and invention ideas by working with a University of Cincinnati affiliated design non-profit organization, Live Well Collaborative. Students invented a new cap for Tide detergent to better assist the elderly, created better hospital gowns, and invented a medicine delivery system for Alzheimer's patients.

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Coming together to give schools a boost

Cincinnati's Strive Together partnership represents a successful collaboration of numerous organizations- government, civil society, and business - to make a difference. Strive Together focuses on helping children in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky achieve success from "cradle to career" to remain competitive in the global economy.

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Rockfish launches new brand ventures division

Rockfish, a Cincinnati full-service digital innovation company, launched Rockfish Brand Ventures. The new brand will focus on the latest digital innovations in consumer Internet, Mobile, and Retail.

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Ten best cities for commuters

Kiplinger selected its 10 Best Cities for Commuters, ranking Cincinnati at number seven. These cities have the easiest and most affordable commutes, while taking into consideration the population and low congestion costs. Cincinnati features two-bus services, and the future addition of the streetcar.

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Totally Green: P&G's design for new company locations

Procter & Gamble continues to promote green sustainability by pursuing LEED qualification for offices around the world. A new plant currently being constructed in China represents the beginning of this commitment and features green technologies involving the water system, lighting system, and waste management. Other factories in the U.S. and other countries are currently trying to meet any local green standards.

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Will The Midwest Become The Next Silicon Valley?

The Midwest continues to have blossoming entrepreneurship due to venture capital investments, programs and investment in public dollars, and strength developments. Cincinnati's Brandery is a part of this growth working with entrepreneurs in short-term education programs. Cincinnati is also building a consumer marketing hub around Procter & Gamble's global headquarters, growing and leveraging its strengths.

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Cincinnati Palace's Jose Salazar best new chef

Jose Salazar, chef at The Palace, ranked as one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of the Great Lakes. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School, Salazar is known for reinterpreting humble ingredients in brilliant ways. His must-try dish is his French onion soup with cipollini onions stuffed with caramelized Vidalias and topped with Gruyère crisps.

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The Midwest: Coming Back?

Despite the down-fall of the economy, the Midwest proves to ditch its "loser reputation" and to be more successful than other regions. Cincinnati ranked among 4 other Midwestern cities for the most personal-income growth in the last decade. Midwest cities will start to become a model for effective economic development rather than looked down upon.

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P&G pitches Downy product as sleep aid

Procter & Gamble targets Downy fabric softener as a sleep aid for sleep-deprived Americans. Studies have shown that clean, fresh-scented sheets help people sleep better. P & G will campaign with the footage from the 7-day live window display challenge with comedian Mike Birbiglia who will talk with fans, interact on-line, and sleep.

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The Most Affordable Cities in America

Forbes ranked Cincinnati number five of fifty most affordable U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The data looked at a combination of affordable real estate and a healthy ratio of income to living costs. The Midwestern metro dominated the bargain city list, being the most highly attractive for those seeking an affordable lifestyle.

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The surprisingly traditional Groupon marriage proposal

The world got its first Groupon marriage proposal, or "Grouposal," as the popular deal-making site is calling it. A Cincinnati man by the name of Greg offered to marry his girlfriend, Dana, for the low price of $1. This is just the latest in a string of high-tech marriage proposals. People have proposed via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare, Google Street View and iPhone apps.

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Improving the city: David Ginsburg of DCI

David Ginsburg, President and CEO of Downtown Cincinnati Inc., was designated the Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year award by Smart Business. Ginsburg focuses on helping Downtown Cincinnati promote vitality by working with partners to improve the city and make downtown the "dynamic metropolitan center valued as the heart of the region." Ginsburg has worked with the organization for more than fifteen years.

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Cincinnati among most charitable cities in America

Cincinnati landed the number seven spot on Bundle's most charitable cities in America. The survey collected data for the month of December, which is the most giving month of the year. Bundle used numbers for online donations per 1,000 people, the average online donation amount per 1,000 people, the number of nonprofit associations by city, and the average spending on charity from July 2009 to June 2010.

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P&G empowers Middle East's disabled community through Special Olympics

Procter & Gamble celebrates its 6th year of supporting the Middle East's disabled community through Special Olympics' Middle East and North Africa (MENA) campaign. P&G donates 1 dirham for every purchase of their participating brands to demonstrate their commitment to helping the Arab community with opportunities to develop self esteem and physical fitness for the disabled.

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Cincinnati Bell implements Convergys' "intelligent credits"

Cincinnati Bell turned to another Cincinnati-based company, Convergys, and their "Intelligent Credits" to help drive significant cost savings and increase customer satisfaction.

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The 11 best cities for telecommuters

Cincinnati ranked second on Daily Finance's "11 Best Cities for Telecommuters" due to its diverse attractions, universities, and affordable living. Daily Finance considered many factors and chose cities with a big-city experience at a small-town price. Cincinnati has plenty to offer as the headquarters for nine Fortune 500 Companies, the host of America's largest Oktoberfest celebration, the second-most fit city in the nation, and the "chili capital of the world."

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Macy's makes extensive plans for holiday season

Macy's prepares across the nation for a series of special events and displays for children and adults for the upcoming holidays. Despite the low purchasing rate due to the economy, Macy's has high hopes for the season by creating a magical setting to inspire the joy of the holidays. One of the events includes the "Nutcracker Market Fashion Show," celebrating the Houston Ballet and giving the proceeds to the Houston Ballet Foundation's academy and scholarship program.

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How top employers leverage social media

Companies across the nation use social media, such as Linkedln, Facebook, and Twitter, to leverage and strengthen the workforce. Bridge Worldwide, a digital and relationship marketing company, promotes exchanging ideas through several avenues such as posting them on the company's internal sites and on the organization's Facebook group. This allows the people to learn about the company and to contribute to an ongoing conversation.

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Procter & Gamble enters Nigeria

Unlike other major companies that flee from African countries, Procter & Gamble plans to stay in Nigeria and build a new plant. They are focused on long-term investment in Nigeria by working in partnership with the Nigerian government. Nigeria will be the business and manufacturing hub for P&G in West Africa and beyond.

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Cincinnati vs. St. Louis: Which Riverfront Would You Choose?

Urban STL compares the riverfronts of St. Louis and Cincinnati. Although St. Louis has the presence of the famous Saarinen's Arch, Urban STL praises Cincinnati for its more active, inviting, and interesting Central Riverfront Park, it's two stadiums, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Moerlein Lager House.
 
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Economic outlook drives Fifth Third asset sales

Fifth Third announced it sold $228 million of residential loans and made $962 million of commercial loans available for sale in the third quarter. Many view this as a positive long-term decision instead of a credit shock because Fifth third has the capital adequacy and earnings power to absorb the unexpected provision. Even though Fifth Third sold "dud loans," the bank in still considered healthy as opposed to unhealthy banks that cannot sell loans at all.

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P&G opens 'Pop-up' store in NYC

As part of their new campaign, "Have You Tried This Yet?," Procter & Gamble opened a 10-day 'pop-up' store in New York City to promote 18 of its new products. The store is divided into demo areas where customers can interact with the products and receive complimentary samples. P & G wants customers to understand the value and performance of its products by keeping the customers engaged with this temporary store.

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Dalai Lama receives freedom award in Cincinnati

The Dalai Lama received a $25,000 freedom award in Cincinnati and gave back the money to the National Underground Freedom Center to support the downtown museum.Tthe Dalai Lama stated that he was touched after viewing the exhibit on slavery and human exploitation and wanted to give back to the community.

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Procter & Gamble aims to use only renewable energy, materials

Procter & Gamble continues to practice environmental sustainability by setting the goal of using 100 percent renewable energy and recycled materials for all products and packaging in the future.  The company plans to replace 25 percent of its petroleum-based materials with renewable materials and also aims to ensure that zero consumer and manufacturing waste go to landfills.

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U.S., Procter & Gamble send water purifiers to Pakistan

Due to the recent devastating floods in Pakistan, Procter & Gamble is taking part in an initiative to provide 28 million water purification kits. P&G teamed up with the U.S. Government, who will provide $1 million along with P&G's $500,000 and other contributor's $500,000, to purchase the kits that will generate 280 million liters of clean drinking water for 1.5 million people in need.

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SORTA'S Colin Groth makes Mass Transit's 40 Under 40

MassTransit, sponsored by New Flyer, published its 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Award, recognizing the leadership and dedication of individuals in business. SORTA'S Colin Groth made the list, as he rose to the position of government relations director due to his commitment, professionalism, and work ethic with political environments of local, regional and national governments. Groth is now a part of the development of the intermodal transit center in Cincinnati. He is actively involved with the community and will help improve the public transportation system by meeting the community's needs and enhancing Cincinnati's competitiveness in the global economy.

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Cincinnati named a top "Twitter city"

Cincinnati ranked among the top 50 "Twitter Cities" reported by NetProspex. The sales and marketing database company looked at the cities with the most activity on Twitter by businesspeople. They assessed the average number of tweets and the average number of followers of U.S. professionals to compile this new, unique list.

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TriHealth and P&G top companies for working mothers

Working Mother Magazine published its Best 100 Companies for 2010, recognizing two Cincinnati-based companies, Procter & Gamble and TriHealth. The survey measured seven areas including work force profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, childcare, company culture, flexible work, and parental leave. P&G has 43% women in its workforce ;TriHealth has 83%. 

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Ohio Justice & Policy Center helps fight for ex-offenders to have a fair chance at employment

David Singleton, executive director at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, helps fight for ex-offenders to have a fair chance at employment. Singleton, along with other local governments in various states, suggests banning the criminal history section on a job application. CNN also featured Dr. Victoria Garcia, an Ohio professor of surgery and pediatrics, who believes there is a direct relation between unemployment and gun violence.

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Kroger says loyal customers helped it beat views

The grocery business is a tough and competitive market, but Kroger keeps quarterly earnings going by focusing on service instead of cutting prices. Numbers of loyal shoppers grew as Kroger improved customer service and targeted coupons. The business finds it important and necessary to keep customers happy before competing with prices from different stores.

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Cincinnati lands top 100 social media & tech event

The nationally recognized event for web professionals, the HighEdWed Conference, will come to Cincinnati in October. This social media event features multiple presentations, hands-on experience, and networking activities.

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P&G will compact all its powder detergents in 2011

Procter & Gamble plans to compress all of its U.S. and Canadian powdered laundry detergents in order to contribute to green choices. This change will reduce fuel consumption for transport and reduce packaging. The existing detergents will still be as efficient, cleaning the same number of loads as previous detergents.

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Procter & Gamble plans digitization drive

P&G wants to reach the goal of being "the most technology-enabled company in the world" in order to improve performance levels all around. The company also strives to trim costs and create flexibility by building brands that last for decades.

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Portland streetcar success has fueled interest elsewhere

The streetcar built in 2001 in Portland, Oregon has now inspired other cities, including Cincinnati, to build streetcars in a time of rebirth for the city. Portland's streetcar proved to be a success
by transforming a neighborhood with boutiques, condos, and restaurants. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded 258.6 million dollars for streetcars in various cities.

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Somaxon, P&G co-promote insomnia drug

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Procter & Gamble have partnered to co-promote Silenor, an insomnia treatment, to doctors and pharmacies. P&G will place 215 sales representatives in the U.S. to target primary-care doctors and high-prescribing physicians. This renewable deal lasts until 2012 and allows P&G to develop and market Silenor as an over-the-counter medication.

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Attendance keeps rising in Cincinnati

With the Cyclones winning two Kelly Cups in the past three seasons, and the team providing excellent value to its fans, attendance is continuing to rise in Cincinnati.  For the third straight year, the Cyclones led the ECHL in percentage of attendance increased, with an increase of 29.2%, or 783 fans a game. This past season the Cyclones drew a total of 190,663 fans, including the postseason. The previous high in Cincinnati was 145,121 fans.

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'Glee' clothing line comes to Macy's

Macy's recently launched an affordable 'Glee' clothing line with graphic tees to hoodies, based off the new hit TV show. Many stores will also host special events and themed window designs associated with the show. If the line proves to be a success, more items will soon hit the shelves.

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Kroger makes push into beauty products

Kroger expands its number of store brand items by making a push into beauty products. This expansion helps buyers trim spending during the recession and increases profit for the company. New products are expected out this fall.

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Macy's sets the pace for J.C. Penney

For the eighth month in a row, Macy's continues to beat it's rival, JC Penny's, in same-store sales. Macy's merchandising strategy of introducing a mix of merchandise rather than lowering prices has proven to be a large success as the company always looks at consumer preferences in order to maintain their success rate in the market.

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P&G aims new Gain dish soap at Hispanic shoppers

Procter & Gamble will be launching its new hand-dishwashing brand, Gain, as the company aims its promotion at Hispanic shoppers. Studies have shown that the Hispanic population is growing in numbers while it's also younger than the population as a whole. The marketing campaign will be led by a Hispanic ad agency.

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P&G Brand Manager's goal to make Cincinnati a top 10 healthy city

P&G Brand Manager, Mark Jeffrey, is the founder of "Go Vibrant Cincinnati," an initiative that promotes a healthy lifestyle in Cincinnati. The program includes a coalition of more than 25 Cincinnati-based organizations promoting public fitness challenges, creating more biking and walking paths, and adding healthy menus in city restaurants. The ultimate goal is to make Cincinnati one of the top ten healthiest cities within the next ten years.

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Exploring Cincinnati yields bargains, fine food and art

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explored Cincinnati's bargains, fine food, and arts. The city offers a variety from freshly brewed wheat beer at Rivertown Brewing HefeWeizen to furniture bargains in West Chester, OH. The article hits Cincinnati hot spots including Findlay Market, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Mount Adams, and Rookwood Pottery Co.

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Top cities for new college grads

Bloomberg Businessweek published Top Cities for New College Grads, ranking cities with strong job opportunities, average pay, and affordable living costs. Cincinnati ranked number 23 due to the presence of industries such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and insurance. Cincinnati also attracts sports lovers with the country's first professional baseball team, the Reds, and the Bengals.

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Kroger continues fight against hunger

Since 1983, Kroger has been involved in the fight against hunger. Kroger's latest donation of $200,000 will be shared with Freestore/Foodbank of Cincinnati, Shared Harvest of Butler County, the Foodbank of Dayton, Your Father's Table of Wilmington, and Second Harvest of Clark and Champaign Counties. The contributions come from the company, campaigns, and customer support through purchases of select items.

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P&G one of 40 best companies for diversity

Procter & Gamble was selected by Black Enterprise to this year's list of "40 Best Companies for Diversity."  The list was based on four different categories including employee base, senior management, board of directors, and supplier diversity; P&G's strengths included the categories of board of directors and senior management. During the recession, African American and other ethnic groups employment rates have risen but the companies that made the list demonstrated a consistent effort of keeping diversity within their company.

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Ohio Governor grants $250,000 to Cincinnati companies for marketing

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland granted $250,000 to Cincinnati companies to create marketing positions in order to strengthen businesses and generate job opportunities in the area. This grant will help the city recover from the recession by creating 200,000 jobs by 2020 with global brand-building partners such as Bridge Worldwide, Landor, and AC Nielsen/Bizzmetrics. Because Cincinnati is known around the world for its consumer good's corporations, officials hope to attract new talent to the area for growth.

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Ohio invests $150,000 for minority business organizations

The Cincinnati and Akron Minority Business Development Organizations have been awarded $150,000 in support of initiatives for minority and disadvantaged businesses. These funds will help strengthen minority-owned businesses and create new job opportunities for Ohio's diverse workforce. The two organizations will collaborate with EDGE Mentoring Program in order to promote and foster a healthy business climate for all workers in Ohio.

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P&G makes push in India

Sales continue to rise in India as Procter & Gamble expands in the world's second-most-populous country. Although this push in India is a challenge due to local competition and traditions, P&G finds sales growing at 20 percent a year. In order to bring in more consumers, P&G continues to lower prices and sends marketers to villages to promote the benefits of their products.

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Macy's customized approach boosts profitability

In 2008, Macy's launched "My Macy's" in twenty different locations in order to localize different stores by using locally based district merchants. St. Louis proves to be a success by boosting profits in prom dress selection. The customization of each store led to a $23 million dollar increase in profit within the first quarter for Macy's.

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Fifth Third Bank launches music and entertainment private banking division in Nashville

Fifth Third Bank launched a new music and entertainment private banking division in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cincinnati based bank hired a music producer, Will Byrd, in order to accommodate artists and workers associated with the entertainment industry. This launched increased the staff by 20 percent and doubled the number of mortgage loan officers.

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Spill provides outreach and marketing opportunity for P&G's Dawn detergent

P&G's Dawn liquid dish detergent started its campaign for cleaning birds and marine animals harmed by oil spills in the Gulf last summer. Since 1989, Dawn has been the best product for this use on animals. Recently they sent 7,000 bottles to the Gulf.

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Cincinnati ranks as one of most improved housing markets in 2010

Greater Cincinnati ranks nationally as the eighth most improved housing market for 2010. A report by Cincinnati USA and the North Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says the worst of the recession in the area is over. Sales in greater Cincinnati were down in the first two months of the year but rebounded in March and April as buyers tried to take advantage of the tax credit.

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Former P&G exec chosen to help lead Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign

Jim Stengel, a former Procter & Gamble Chief Marketing Officer, was chosen by the Ad Council to help lead Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity. Stengel, still a Cincinnati-based marketing consultant, states this will be the biggest challenge ever because the answer to childhood obesity is behavior change, but when the campaign is right, it makes a huge impact.

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Kroger outlines $81.8 million expansion in Richmond area

Kroger plans to expand its stores in Richmond, Virginia with its three year expansion plan of refurbishing a dozen stores, adding three fuel-stations, and opening two more stores. The expansion shows the economic success of Kroger as they add more jobs to the area and continue to be a low-price leader among traditional supermarkets.

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P&G gives Pantene a high tech makeover

Procter and Gamble's hair care line, Pantene, reinvents itself again in order to reconnect with consumers. According to Business Week, some of the big ideas behind more than two years of research and reformulation include both an "atomic force microscope, similar to one used on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, and micro-computed tomography, used to measure bone density" to ensure the shampoos were truly making hair healthier.

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CAC architect Hadid named to Time's list of people who most affect our world

Time named 100 people who most affect our world in their annual Time 100. Zaha Hadid, the designer of the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), ranked under Time's list of "Thinkers," who create work with a sense of passion and a universal touch. The Contemporary Arts Center was Hadid's first completed project in the United States.

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P&G Seeking to Expand Tide Franchise Stores

Procter & Gamble's Tide Dry Cleaners works to open multiple franchised dry cleaning locations by expanding to Atlanta. With the success of its sister company, Mr. Clean Car Wash, which is the largest full service car wash franchise in the U.S., Tide Dry Cleaners hopes to touch more consumers with their GreenEarth cleaning process and drive-thru service.

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Cincinnati musuem sets attendance record

The temporary exhibit "Without Sanctuary: Lynching photography in America" at the National Underground Freedom Center reached the attendance record of 15,000 people since its opening day in January. Unsure of how the exhibit would be received with its controversial photographs, this number set a record of attendance for temporary exhibits at the museum.

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The Neighborhoods of Cincinnati

Last month, Urbanophile's founder, Aaron Renn, visited Cincinnati to participate in a panel on the casino at Broadway Commons.  While here Renn took a look around Cincinnati (on a guided tour with Soapbox's Randy Simes) and shared some of his observations and insights in a follow-up Soapblog.  His latest photoessay on Cincinnati's neighborhoods takes a long look at the city's great resources and development challenges.

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Let there be lights: Reds mark anniversary

A lifelong fan of the Reds for 87 years, Ralph Thacker attended the 75th anniversary Red's game at the Great American Ball Park while remembering his first Red's game at Crosley Field in 1935. Thacker was one of more than 20,000 fans who filed into Cincinnati's Crosley Field to watch the Reds beat the Phillies, 2-1, in the first night game in Major League Baseball history on May 24, 1935.

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A whirlwind weekend in Cincinnati

A former resident of Cincinnati embraces the growth and diversity of her native city. For the short weekend visit, the "old hometowner" explored the beautiful and different lively spots along the river, the abundance of art offered around the city, the taste of real Cincinnati in Northside, and the variety of local chili parlors and bakery's. The expanded and lively city still continues to surprise former natives and first-time visitors with its sophistication, charm, intelligence and attitude the city possesses. 


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P&G empowers African American women to embrace their beauty, health and wellness

Procter & Gamble celebrated the fourth year of "My Black is Beautiful Day," honoring P&G's efforts in empowering African American women to embrace their beauty, health, and wellness. This celebration was held at Cincinnati's headquarters thanking both employees and civic leaders for supporting the program. The campaign shows P & G's hard work and commitment at improving the lives of consumers with their products.

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Procter & Gamble launches environmental sustainability scorecard

Procter & Gamble continues their commitment to environmental sustainability by launching the Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard. This rating system requires input from P & G suppliers regarding environmental information. It helps the companies as well as consumers make smart buying decisions as they look at how much of an impact products have on the environment.

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Urban parks take over downtown freeways

USA Today takes a look at cities working to improve their downtown areas with more parks and pedestrian friendly areas. Cincinnati's Banks and Riverfront projects will reconnect downtown to the Ohio river with 16 acres of unused space for development and 40 acres for a park on the banks of the river.

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Cincinnati Riverfront Park one of best new urban parks in America

The Cincinnati Riverfront Park is being recognized as one of the best new urban parks in America even before it is completed.  Phase 1 of the multi-phase project is currently underway and will eventually create a new 45-acre park on Cincinnati's central riverfront.

The new park will also be the crown jewel of Cincinnati's larger efforts to reconnect its downtown with the Ohio River after having long been disconnected by an interstate and freight railroad lines.  The park will also be integrated into the city's proposed modern streetcar system that will connect it with the rest of the Central Business District, the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and communities surrounding the University of Cincinnati.

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Civil Rights Game big for Cincinnati

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker is excited about the return of MLB's Civil Rights Game to Cincinnati for the second consecutive year, and sees the weekend of events as a positive thing for a city with a rich Civil Rights history.

MLB Commissioner walked away from last year's Civil Rights Game impressed with Cincinnati's ability to host marque events and decided to send the game back to Cincinnati in 2010, and vowed to get an All-Star Game back to the Queen City.

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Cincinnati Reds recognized off the field for creative promos

MLB Fanhouse took a look around Major League Baseball to examine some of the most creative promotional deals being used to get more fans out to the ballpark.  In that analysis the Cincinnati Reds were recognized for three different promotional efforts.

The Reds will be giving out a turf growing kit so that fans can have a piece of Great American Ball Park; a replica jersey for the first African-American Reds baseball player; and the team will allow local boy and girl scouts to camp out on the field at Great American Ball Park late in the season.

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P&G expands 'Future Friendly' marketing effort

Procter & Gamble, the world's largest consumer products company, is expanding its 'Future Friendly' marketing effort that promotes environmental responsibility under the guise of consumer education.  P&G hopes to eventually reach 50 million U.S. households by the end of 2010 with this effort.

A recent consumer survey indicated that 74 percent of consumers would switch to another brand if they were able to conserve resources while not having to pay more, and 34 percent said a lack of information was the reason they didn't lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

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Redesigned Harvard Business Journal to kick off marketing campaign in Cincinnati

Following a complete redesign, Harvard Business Journal will perform its first regional marketing campaign in Cincinnati as a result of the region's strong business climate.

The marketing campaign in Cincinnati is meant to give the magazine's team insight into the changing needs of established and up-and-coming business professionals.  The HBJ team also hopes to grow the magazine's reach into the Cincinnati market from the 1,000 subscribers currently in the region.

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Cincinnati-based Macy's ranks as one of America's most valuable retail brands

Cincinnati-based Macy's has been ranked as one of America's most valuable retail brands in 2010.  The ranking saw upward movement amongst value retailers, but Macy's was able to hold its position even in a tough economy.

Macy's is one of the largest retailers in the nation and began a national brand campaign in 2006 to expand and convert store identities over to the now national Macy's brand.

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Procter & Gamble ranks as world's 6th most admired company

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble is known for being the world's largest advertiser and consumer goods company, but it is also the world's 6th most admired company according to a recent Fortune Magazine survey.

P&G was particularly noted for its dedication to innovation and the consumers the company serves.  Also ranking at the top of the list with P&G was Apple, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Johnson & Johnson, and Amazon.com.

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An impressed Bud Selig believes Cincinnati deserves an upcoming All-Star Game

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said that he was impressed with Cincinnati when he visited during last year's inaugural Civil Rights Game, and that Cincinnati deserves an upcoming All-Star Game.

The 150th anniversary of professional baseball will take place in 2019 and would seem to make Cincinnati a perfect fit for the game since it was the nation's first professional baseball team.  Local leaders also look forward to a future event that will be able to showcase a completed Central Riverfront Park, The Banks development, and the city's proposed modern streetcar system that will service Great American Ball Park and the potential All-Star Game festivities.

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Two Cincinnati companies make Interior Design's top 100 Giants list

Interior Design Magazine's annual ranking of the top-100 interior design firms in the nation includes two Cincinnati-based firms that impacted over 10 million square feet of interior space design.

Cincinnati-based KZF Design jumped 37 spots to number 71 overall while FRCH Design Worldwide dropped eight spots to number 40 overall in the rankings.

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Cincinnati residents brainstorm on casino appearance

More than 200 people attended the Broadway Commons casino charrette in Over-the-Rhine to discuss what they would like, and not like, to see with the new casino to be developed at the northeast downtown location.

Many of the top concerns revolved around potential light and noise pollution, and creating a casino that is energy efficient.  Residents also stated that they're looking for a casino development that is beautiful and adds to the existing beauty of the neighborhood and center city amenities.

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Procter & Gamble deepens Olympic drive

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble is looking to sprint out of the current recession by "pulling out all the stops" at the Vancouver Olympic Games.  The world's largest consumer products company will reportedly spend in excess of $22 million at the Games.

The increased advertising presence of the world's largest advertiser was a major aid for the United States Olympic team that had lost one of its biggest sponsors in General Motors due to the recession.  P&G has an annual advertising budget of around $8 billion.

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Dalai Lama honored with Freedom Center award

When the Dalai Lama visits Cincinnati later this year, he will receive the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's International Freedom Conductor Award for his advocacy of freedom in his native Tibet.

Freedom Center CEO & President Donald Murphy says that the museum is "tremendously honored" that His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, will accept the award.  Previous award recipients include Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush for their work to raise money for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the South Asian tsunami.

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Scotts to offer Reds-branded seed

Scotts will begin selling Cincinnati Reds-branded grass seed and fertilizer this year based off of the products used at Great American Ball Park.  The products will be available in select markets.

In order to make the deal happen, Scotts has signed a licensing deal with Major League Baseball.  The final products will be available in Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, Dayton, and Charleston markets which include strong Reds' fan bases.

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Streetcars get boost in new transit policy

New policy set out by the Obama administration is placing more of a focus on urban circulator transportation projects that promote livability. The action places Cincinnati's streetcar project among those that could qualify for new funding.

Some 80 cities are qualified for the new urban circulator money, but of those 80 about a dozen are "very close" to actually implementing such a system.  One of those "very close" cities is Cincinnati as it works to develop its own modern streetcar system that will initially run between Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Uptown.

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Cincinnati Making Waves in Transportation

Cincinnati has redefined itself over the past decade.  Perhaps the most surprising transformation has been of its image.  

As Cincinnati moves forward with its plans for a modern streetcar system it joins a new age of mobility with cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. But it also looks back onto the days when it first set the standard for urban mobility whether it was the canal system, extensive cable car network, or inclines that defined its transportation role and set the standard for early American cities.

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Three Cincinnati Restaurants Make Trails' Most Romantic List

Daveed's at 934, Primavista, and Scotti's Italian Restaurant made Trails' list of America's Most Romantic restaurants.  The three Cincinnati restaurants represent three different romantic feels in three different areas of the city.

Scotti's has been providing top-notch Italian cuisine in downtown Cincinnati since 1911, while Daveed's recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of serving contemporary American cuisine.  Primavista, which sits on the city's west side boasts tremendous Italian food and spectacular city views.

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Cincinnati food bank also trains up and coming cooks

Cincinnati's Freestore Foodbank not only provides food for the needy, but it also provides culinary arts training for at-risk, low-income people.  The organization's Cincinnati Cooks program is in its 9th year and has graduated 650 people.

Of those 650 graduates close to 500 have been successfully placed into food-related jobs.  Cincinnati Cooks hopes to grow as they move into a new building in downtown Cincinnati, including increasing food production and the overall number of participants in the Cincinnati Cooks program.

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Bootsy's boasts one of nation's most "Vibrant Bar Scenes"

Popular downtown Cincinnati restaurant and bar, Bootsy's, was chosen as one of 50 winners for restaurants with the most "Vibrant Bar Scene" through OpenTable's annual Diners' Choice Awards.  The list includes restaurants from across the country, but Bootsy's ranked as the only restaurant from Ohio and one of only six from the Midwest.

The list was derived from roughly four million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 10,000 restaurants across the United States.  The top 50 received the highest scores from OpenTable diners.

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$85 Million Fund for Cincinnati Music

Cincinnati's musical institutions just got a bit healthier after a massive $85 million fund was created by Louise Dieterle Nippert to support classical music in the city.

The new fund will provide $3 million a year to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $500,000 to the Cincinnati Opera, $200,000 to the Cincinnati, and the rest of the fund being split up amongst a variety of smaller musical institutions.

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Cincinnati companies clamor to get their name seen at square

As the success at Fountain Square continues to grow, so does the desire for companies to get their names seen at the popular gathering space in Cincinnati's center city.

3CDC has already raised about $400,000 in corporate sponsorships for the first four and a half months of the 2010 fiscal year which compares to a total $500,000 for all of 2009.  The 2010 amount is also more than half of the organization's total goal, and is raising expectations to eventually raise $1 million in corporate sponsorships.

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Boxing in Cincinnati? Legislator Wants Arena at Casino

Now that four casinos in Ohio have been approved, local leaders are now jockeying to decide how they should be implemented.  In Cincinnati, Dale Mallory believes a boxing venue would be a perfect fit given the city's history.

The State Representative sees the new casino to be built in downtown Cincinnati as a potential springboard to raise boxing interest in the city, and would like to see an arena built as part of the casino project.

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P&G Sees the World as its Client

Procter & Gamble's new CEO Robert A. McDonald has a goal of adding 548,000 new customers a day for the next five years as part of the companies global expansion plan.

The big challenges for McDonald in accomplishing this will be expanding its reach in P&G's core markets while also winning over new customers in places like Nigeria, India and Somalia where potential customers might not use many of P&G's consumer products.

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Macy's Pride Message

Macy's took on gay pride as a national campaign in 2009 not to make a political statement, but instead to support their associates and customers.  The company cites their diverse clientele as a major reason behind this decision.

To do this, Cincinnati-based Macy's has been utilizing Corliss Fong to help the nation's largest department-store chain reach gay and lesbian customers across its 850 stores.

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ColdWater Tide: Provoking the Ah-Ha Moment at Procter & Gamble

In 2007 Procter & Gamble conducted its own energy audit that led to the creation of ColdWater Tide.  The audit has since led to a surge in innovation, the creation of new corporate roles focused on sustainability, and some big product changes.

Those changes have led to substantial and measurable decreases in the company's corporate carbon footprint, but have also built brand loyalty as customers realize much of the energy savings within their own home.  The move by the world's largest consumer products company is one that is forcing competitors to keep up while it is also making a profound impact on the world's energy use.

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Ohio voters approve ballot measure allowing casinos

Ohio became the 13th state to allow casinos as voters approved a ballot measure that will create casinos in the state's four largest cities - Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo.  The goal is to have the new casinos opened by late 2012.

The emphasis of the proposal was on the 34,000 jobs and millions of dollars in state revenues that are projected to be created as a result.  Three previous ballot measures failed at accomplishing the same task, but with Ohio facing an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent, the impetus may have been there more than ever before.

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Cincinnati's Freedom Center may have new path

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center may become an "independent establishment" within the federal government if museum officials have their way.  The move would increase funding and exhibit prospects.

The discussions started when museum officials learned of legislation being pushed forward to create a national emancipation museum - something U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus believes already exists with the Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

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P&G tells investors it is primed for growth

Following a difficult year, executives at Procter & Gamble see growth ahead as they focus on value-priced items and emerging markets among other things that will help grow their consumer base from 4 billion to 5 billion.

The world's largest consumer product's company believes that adjustments need to be made as shoppers opt for lower-priced alternatives to the company's well-known brands like Pampers, Tide and Duracell.

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Freedom Center sharpens focus

As the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates its fifth anniversary, its working to trim its focus during rough economic times.

Since its opening on the Cincinnati riverfront in 2004, the museum has reduced its budget and staff to adjust to lower than expected attendance.  A cut in ticket prices this year and several traveling exhibits are credited with boosting attendance.

The Freedom Center continues to draw rave reviews from educators and students visiting the museum.  Officials also expect a boost in attendance to occur following the completion of the $1 billion riverfront development surrounding the museum known as The Banks.

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'Color Purple' brings Cincinnati native home

Cincinnati native Darius Crenshaw will be touring through Cincinnati with "The Color Purple" as it makes its second visit here.  The SCPA grad credits his former teachers for getting him to Broadway.

The Grammy-nominated musical features gospel, jazz, pop and blues and is based on Alice Walker's novel about a woman who finds emotional peace after a trial-filled life in rural Georgia in the early 1900s.

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Woman stands 51 hours to win car

More than 51 hours of standing attached to a car on Fountain Square is what it took for a Cincinnati area woman to win a new Kia Sol as part of a radio station contest.

Kim Murphy of Newport, Kentucky outlasted 19 other people in the contest that required contestants to keep their hands on the car for as long as possible.  Murphy won when the final opponent lifted their hand off the vehicle during a conversation.  In addition to the one-year lease on the 2010 Kia Sol, Murphy also won a new Nokia 500 smart phone and a front row seat to Riverfest 2009.

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USOC lands key sponsor in P&G

The United States Olympic Committee has just landed a major new sponsor for its Olympic teams in Vancouver and London.  The new sponsor is Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble which will promote its Cover Girl, Olay, Secret, Venus, Pepto-Bismol, Vicks, Pringles, Bounty, Charmin, Pampers, Febreze, Tide and Crest brands as part of the deal.

Valued at more than $15 million, the deal comes at a much needed time as the USOC recently lost sponsorship deals with General Motors and Home Depot.

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Hundreds of thousands enjoy Riverfest 2009

Riverfest 2009 proved to be as big of a draw as any year drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky riverfront to view the famous Labor Day fireworks display.

The Riverfest festivities start earlier than the much anticipated 9pm fireworks show with live music, food, drink and other events put on by local radio and television stations.

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P&G one of the most innovative companies on Earth

Between 2000 and 2008 Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble has seen revenue more than double from $40 billion to $83 billion, while earnings grew from $2.5 billion to more than $12 billion.  "This is the kind of performance one expects from an IT company or a firm operating in an emerging market.  Not a 200-year-old soap company based in Cincinnati."

The changes at P&G have been credited towards their new dedication to being a leader in innovation.  In 2002, Claudia Kotchka was appointed as the company's first VP for design strategy and innovation.  Since that time she has changed the way the company operates and made it one of the most innovative companies on earth.

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John Legend, Poison latest stars seen at T.J. Maxx

John Legend joined a growing list of celebrities that have been spotted at downtown Cincinnati's T.J. Maxx clothing store.  The six-time Grammy Award winner was in town for the Macy's Music Festival and was staying at a downtown hotel.

Legend tweeted that he had stopped into the store and that many people looked shocked to see him there buying gym shorts.

Other celebrities who have recently stopped in include Rev. Run, Alice Cooper and members of the rock band Poison.

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Cincy restaurants, hotels win AAA Four Diamond honor

Six Cincinnati-area restaurants and four hotels received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating.  All but one of the businesses were repeat winners, with Nicola's Ristorante in historic Over-the-Rhine being the sole newcomer.

Many of the winners were located in or around Downtown, but Oakley, Mount Adams, Over-the-Rhine, Covington were also neighborhood homes for the winners.

The ratings are based on surveys that judge hotels and restaurants on amenities, service and creative menus.

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36 Hours in Cincinnati

New York Times writer Kassie Bracken visits Cincinnati and discusses the many things to see and do over the course of 36 hours in the Queen City.

"With the quiet momentum of a work in progress, Cincinnati is finding an artsy swagger, infused with a casual combination of Midwest and Southern charm," says Bracken who goes on to discuss Cincinnati's revitalized downtown and the transcending historic Over-the-Rhine.

Bracken visits a slew of places throughout the city and hits neighborhoods like Northside, Covington and Newport in addition to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

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Cincinnati with friends

Chicago Tribune reporter Phil Marty takes a trip to Cincinnati and reports back on its architecture, history, activities and the cities especially friendly people.

As Marty visited Findlay Market he remarked that, "it's the place to socialize, and popular with activists, judging by the genial, graying woman selling the Socialist Worker and the trio of guys buttonholing passersby to talk about the Green Party."

In addition to the many things to see and do, Marty remarks on the people who may get their unique Midwestern friendliness from being part southern at the same time.

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2009 Next Leaders Summit to Take Place in Cincinnati September 17-19

The 2009 Next Leaders Summit (formerly the YP Summit) will be held in Cincinnati from September 17-19 at the Westin Cincinnati downtown and will be hosted by Cincinnati Mayor Mallory's Young Professional Kitchen Cabinet.

The Summit will take place within the Westin and other hotspots throughout the city as young professionals discuss topics like Effective Communications, YP Advocacy, Talent Retention, Building Inclusivity, Green/Sustainability Initiatives, Community Collaboration and more.

The Next Leaders Summit is considered to be the "preeminent forum for developing the skills future leaders need to build better cities and workplaces."

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Cincinnati named ticket department of the year

After a season of strong ticket sales, and a robust growth over the previous season's sales, the Cincinnati Cyclones have been named the 2008-09 Ticket Department of the Year.

The ECHL hockey team raised their attendance by 44 percent which was the second highest in professional hockey this season.  This 44 percent increase comes off of the previous season's increase of 36.8 percent which ranked first.

Since returning in 2006, the Cyclones have increased their attendance 68 percent and recorded the largest crowd in ECHL playoff history when 12,722 turned out for its Kelly Cup championship game last year.

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Distinguished panel discusses civil rights

A distinguished roundtable panel including Oscar Robertson, Tony Perez, Harold Reynolds, Dr. Richard Lapchick, Nathaniel Jones, James Clingman and Lee Lowenfish discussed the civil rights movement in Cincinnati over the weekend.

The discussion highlighted a weekend of activities that highlighted the civil rights movement and the current state of race relations in America.  The events took place in downtown Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati's Fountain Square.

The weekend of events also included Bill Cosby, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron and former president Bill Clinton among others who emphasized that while much has been done the fight must continue.

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A short vacation idea close to Knoxville: Cincinnati

Knoxville News Sentinel contributor Tanya Bricking Leach discusses the opportunities to experience architecture, culture and more in a quick trip to Cincinnati.

Leach discusses the architecture tour she took that highlighted the architecture and history of Cincinnati and one of its oldest neighborhoods.

She also discusses the value in its close proximity to Knoxville and the affordable value that a trip to the Queen City offers.

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Cincinnati gears up for Civil Rights festivities

On June 20, the Cincinnati Reds will play host to the Chicago White Sox at what will be the first Civil Rights Game held at a major league stadium during the regular season.

The game will showcase Cincinnati and the efforts Major League Baseball has made to create a level playing field for players and fans of all races and backgrounds.

The game will be complimented by a host of other civil rights related events taking place throughout the weekend which will include people like Hank Aaron, Tony Perez, Oscar Robertson, Harold Reynolds, Bud Selig, Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby, Bob Gibson, Soledad O'Brien, BeBe Winans, Eric Davis and Bill Clinton.

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Electric cars park free in Cincinnati

In an effort to further put the Green Cincinnati Initiative into action the City will soon be offering free parking to anyone driving an all-electric vehicle.

Vice Mayor David Crowley says that while only a small number of people will be affected at first, the new program is a symbolic effort.  "This is a concrete step of some economic value to people willing to invest in all-electric vehicles or who drive them," says Crowley.

Those wishing to take advantage of the program will have to display a city-issued sticker to park without charge.

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Paris Hilton helps kick off Cincinnati club

Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton was in Cincinnati this past week to help kick off the transformation of popular downtown Cincinnati destination Bang Nightclub into Lush.

Paris was was joined with her boyfriend Doug Reinhardt.  An estimated 500 people showed up and paid $20 a person to get in, or $500 for a VIP table.

Also in the crowd was former 98 Degrees member and reality television star Nick Lachey.

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Sen. Cates goes to bat for 2013 All-Star Game in Cincinnati

A state senator, from the northern Cincinnati suburb West Chester, has introduced a resolution to the Ohio Senate that urges MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to select the Reds to host the 2013 All-Star Game.

Senator Gary Cates' resolution had bipartisan support with Sen. Eric Kearney, D-Cincinnati, and Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati as cosponsors.

"As the first professional baseball team in 1869, the Reds have played an important role in the evolution and growth of Major League Baseball," says Cates who also says that Cincinnati has some of the most devoted fans in the game.

The Reds last hosted the game in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium.  The Reds now play at the new Great American Ballpark located on Joe Nuxhall Way in downtown Cincinnati.

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Burger Beer Back And It's Cheap!

The beer that was Reds baseball is returning to shelves soon at a price that's right for the current economic times.

Generations of Cincinnatians and Reds baseball fans grew up with Burger Beer and 'Burgerville' out in the Sun/Moon deck at Crosley Field.

On May 29th the historic beer will be relaunched at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum by its new owner and the Reds.

Burger Beer lovers will be able to purchase Burger Classic and Burger Light throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for $5.99 a twelve pack in cans.  Burger was one of the first beers in the country to be sold in cans.

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Downtown Cincinnati Inc. reports continued progress

Based on a recent opinion survey, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) is noting that perceptions of downtown are improving and that more people are visiting downtown, coming more frequently, staying longer and spending more money.

Respondents also saw downtown s "fun, genuine and unique," and more people are considering downtown for dining, shopping and entertainment than they did a year ago.

In the 2008 annual report that also came out DCI reports that sales of the Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card are up 20 percent, pedestrian traffic remained steady, Class A vacancy rates decreased, 20 new businesses opened and some $926 million in projects are underway and expected to be completed in the next two years.

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Reyes wins Flying Pig Marathon

Sergio Reyes of Palmdale, California won Cincinnati's annual Flying Pig Marathon in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 37 seconds amongst a record field of more than 16,000 runners.

Reyes called the marathon one of the most scenic races he's ever run.  The race started in downtown Cincinnati and then twisted through many of the city's scenic neighborhoods, hills and even followed along the Ohio River for several miles.

This year marked the 12th year for the Flying Pig Marathon which gets its name from Cincinnati's former status as the pork-packing capital.  Autumn Ray of Galveston, Texas won the women's side in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 23 seconds.

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NIEHS teams with federal and city groups to conduct disaster response training exercise

On May 1st the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) teamed with several agencies in Cincinnati, Ohio for a disaster training exercise geared towards responding to explosions and dispersions of chemicals.

The chemical preparedness and response exercise involved over 150 participants and was a collaborative effort between the NIEHS, City of Cincinnati, International Union of Operating Engineers, Interstate Chemical Terrorism Workgroup, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the University of Cincinnati.

Director of the NIEHS, Linda Birnbaum, was “pleased to participate in this important training exercise to promote information exchange and bridge the gap between federal, state and local organizations involved in an emergency response.”

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P&G named among InfoWorld's Green 15

Procter & Gamble has been named as one of International Data Group's InfoWorld's Green 15 for its success in reducing travel through the adoption and implementation of its Video Collaboration Studios (VCS).

P&G began deploying the VCS technology across its global network in October 2007 with the goal of implementing 43 studios in just nine months; Today, there are more than 50 studios up and running.

It's estimated that, between July 2008 and December 2008, VCS helped P&G eliminate 6,000 international flights - the equivalent of taking 3,000 cars off the road for a year.

The InfoWorld Green 15 awards, published on InfoWorld.com, recognize the 15 most innovative IT initiatives that fall under the umbrella of sustainability.

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Tourism network launches 2009 plan

The Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network has big plans for bringing more tourists to Greater Cincinnati in 2009.

Based on market research, the RTN has determined a combination of traditional media with increased internet marketing and strategic social media programs is what's needed to draw outsiders into the Queen City.

Radio spots stress the popularity of the Reds as a regional attraction, along with the new Diamondback roller coaster at Kings Island and Zoo Babies at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
Leaders acknowledge this will be a challenging year for the tourism and leisure industry. But the Cincinnati region has much going for it as a weekend getaway destination because of the variety of affordable attractions.

The RTN was created in 2005 to promote Greater Cincinnati as a tourism destination.

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Writer: Jeff Syroney
Source: Cincinnati Business Courier

Census workers take to the streets

700 new jobs started this week in Cincinnati as the newest wave of government workers took to the streets for what will become a three-month walking of every street in every town in the region. Equipped with the latest in hand-held global-positioning gadgets, the census field workers are charged with counting every person in the city as part of the U.S. Census.

Mayor Mallory takes the business of counting seriously as an accurate tally will translate into federal dollars. Currently the Census Bureau estimates the city's population at 332,458 – less than the 378,259 he believes are actually living in the city.

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Writer: Jeff Syroney
Source: Cincinnati.com

The Banks gets stimulus funding, design updates

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has announced that $23.2 million of the state's share of federal economic stimulus funding will be directed to The Banks project on the Cincinnati riverfront.

According to U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus, $10.2 million of that total will be used for a parking structure as part of the project's second phase, and $8 million will be applied to rebuilding the riverfront street grid.

Also last week, the development team of Carter and The Dawson Company unveiled the latest schematic designs for the project's first phase.

Individual architects presented refinements of the June 2008 designs based upon suggestions from the city's Urban Design Review Board, which included the incorporation of more contemporary architectural elements.

Read more about the stimulus funding here, and read about the updated designs here.

Hamilton County taxes lower than its peers

A recent Forbes survey finds that Hamilton County's property tax rate is the lowest, as a percentage of income, of Ohio's six largest urban areas, says Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper.

In his PepTalk blog, Pepper says that there are misconceptions about the county's tax rate, but that it's actually relatively low when compared to other metropolitan areas against which it competes for jobs, businesses, and talent.

The Forbes survey found that Hamilton County's property tax rate as a percentage of income was 26 percent lower than Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), 16 percent lower than Franklin County (Columbus), and 8.5 percent lower than Summit County (Akron).

Hamilton County's sales tax was also the lowest of the top six urban counties, tied with Summit County.

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Cincinnati in running for 2012 World Choir Games

Leaders of the 2012 World Choir Games were in Cincinnati last week for a final site visit, and have told Hamilton County commissioners that the city is their first choice.

The Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau says that the event would bring to the city 20,000 choir members from 96 countries and could generate 50,000 hotel room nights.

An event this size would be five times larger than last year's National NAACP Convention.

Performances would be held at several venues throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, with the new School for Creative and Performing Arts as the focus.

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After five years with 3CDC, Leeper keeps pushing redevelopment

Even as the economy has stalled, Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) CEO Stephen Leeper keeps building on the positive momentum the non-profit has created during his five years on the job.

Through projects such as the redevelopment of Fountain Square and the organization's work in Over-the-Rhine, 3CDC has invested $99 million, drawing $49 million in private investment and $19 million from the City of Cincinnati.

Within the next 12 months, Leeper expects to announce that 3CDC's Cincinnati Equity Fund and Cincinnati New Markets Fund have raised an additional combined $70 million to keep the projects moving along.

Described as "bold", "honest", and "feisty", 3CDC's board of directors saw fit to extend his contract to 2015, his second extension since April 2004.

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Digerati brings marketers, social media together for charity

Procter & Gamble brought together 40 digital media and agency executives and 100 of its North American marketing directors for Digerati, a contest to sell Tide T-shirts which aired largely over social media.

In addition to hitting the top 10 trending topics on Twitter for a brief moment, the four teams relied entirely on social media to sell more than 2,000 T-shirts at $20 apiece, spending only about $4,000 in the process.

Executives from Google, Facebook, MySpace, Intuit, and other digital players raised $50,000 for the charity Feeding America, with an equal match from the Tide brand.

Besides charity, the goal of the evening was to expose P&G's marketing directors to uses of social media that they hadn't considered before, to build stronger ties with digital media and agencies, and to help recruit marketers to the company.

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Bluespring Software aquisition to create industry first

Bluespring Software has announced the acquisition of Orlando Software Group, Inc. (OSGi), creating the framework for the industry's first true end-to-end business process life cycle management platform.

The merger marries Bluespring's Business Process Management software with OSGi's market-leading ProcessView and LeanView products, creating a fully-integrated modeling, simulation, and analytics experience that operates natively within Microsoft Office programs.

Because users don't need to learn an entirely new interface, the platform can help drive down business costs and open the door to new innovation.

Bluespring will open a regional office in Orlando, and several members of the OSGi team will take on new roles within Bluespring management.

Read the full release here.

Spohr appointed to direct SW Ohio workforce development

Jennifer Spohr has been appointed as the regional workforce director of the Ohio Department of Development's (ODOD) Southwest Ohio office.

In her new role, Spohr will serve as a liaison to state government, local business leaders, elected officials, and economic and workforce development entities to meet the training and talent development needs of businesses throughout Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties.

Spohr joined ODOD in 2005 as coordinator for the Ohio Investment in Training Program and is currently on the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network's Hard-2-Hire Workforce subcommittee.

This year, she received from Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory the 2009 Super Award from the Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio in recognition for her work with the SuperJobs Center.

Read the full release here.

CincyTech funds two start-ups

SpineForm and Wiresoft Net will receive start-up capital from CincyTech, a public-private technology funding group.

SpineForm, a research and development company focusing on less-invasive spinal deformity surgical treatments, will receive $300,000 from CincyTech and $950,000 from Queen City Angels and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Wiresoft Net, which provides network security solutions for businesses, will receive $200,000 from CincyTech and $126,000 from private investors with ties to the company.

CincyTech is now moving into its third year.

Read the full article here.

Eight Greater Cincinnati companies among world's most admired

Eight Greater Cincinnati companies are among the world's most admired, according to the March 16 issue of Fortune magazine.

The magazine lists Chiquita Brands International, Cintas, Convergys, Kroger, and Procter & Gamble as scoring in the top half of a survey in which businesspeople were asked to vote for the companies they admired most.

Fifth Third Bancorp, Macy's, and Omnicare were listed as "Contenders", meaning that they did not score in the top half of the industry survey.

Procter & Gamble was also singled out as being the most admired company in the "Soaps and Cosmetics" category.

Read the full article here.

Banks project now above ground

The $1 billion Banks development on Cincinnati's riverfront took its first steps above ground with a concrete pour for the Freedom Way East garage.

Underground work has been going on for several months to prepare the site for the elevated slab, which will serve as an intermediate parking deck below Freedom Way.

The first phase of the development, to be built atop the parking structures, will include 300 apartment units, 70,000 square feet of retail space, between 250,000 and 300,000 square feet of office space, and a possible boutique hotel.

Leasing for the apartments is expected to begin in spring 2010.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati earns its 'Queen City' nickname

Yes, Cincinnati has a sometimes shaky reputation.  But let's forget about that for a second.  (Or forever.)

Laura DeMarco, a writer for the Newhouse News Service whose story was picked up by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, sees in Cincinnati a cultural revival, a city that boasts "world-class museums, a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, and a rich look at the state's history".

For sights, DeMarco recommends Fountain Square, the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the "forward-thinking" architecture at the University of Cincinnati.

The writer also recommends catching a show at the Southgate House, taking a trip off the beaten path to the Comet in Northside to dine on a giant burrito, or experiencing the fine dining, fantastic views, and charming streets of Mount Adams.

Read the full article here.

Social Media giants to meet in Cincinnati

Cincinnati will be the next Silicon Valley - well at least for one night as Procter & Gamble hosts the top executives from Google, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter at its headquarters next week according to Advertising Age. The meeting is by strict invitation only, so don't feel bad if this is the first time you're hearing about it.

Read the full article here.

Ohio's 10 best-kept secrets

Following a year and a half of talking to Ohio's business leaders and executives, the Ohio Business Development Coalition has compiled a list of the ten best-kept secrets about doing business in Ohio.

Everybody knows about the relatively low cost of living and the advantageous location, but what other advantages does Ohio have?

I'm not going to give it all away here!

You'll have to read the full article here.

Mayor Mallory gets assurances from President Obama

Following a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says that he's assured that Cincinnati will receive its fair share of the $787 billion federal economic stimulus bill.

According to Mallory, the president told the 80 mayors in attendance that stimulus money will be on the streets within six months and is expected to be spent on projects within 18 months.

He was also pleased that $7 billion of the $12 billion set aside for transit projects would go directly to cities, instead of being funnelled through state governments.

"The president stressed several things, that he understands the importance of cities as it relates to stimulating the economy," Mallory tells the Enquirer.

Read the full article here.

Convention business up in 2008

The Cincinnati convention business enjoyed a healthy year in 2008, with total room nights up 6.7 percent over 2007.

Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, attributes the rise to the expanded Duke Energy Center and a stepped-up investment in marketing, in addition to such high-profile conventions as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Baptist Convention.

The bureau predicts that total room nights will grow another 3 percent in 2009, and Lincoln says that the bureau is reaching out to make sure that attendance at already scheduled conventions is not affected by the economic downturn.

Michel Sheer, general manager of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, suggests that the bureau should bring five to ten recurring, large-scale conventions to town and should also focus on bringing smaller groups that can use smaller portions of the convention center.

Read the full article here.

Mayor Mallory names new YP Kitchen Cabinet

A new Cincinnati Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet was announced Tuesday, and already they're charged with working on a major initiative.

The group must prepare a proposal, due this month, to host the 2009 Next Leaders Summit, the largest meeting of young professional groups in the nation.

Mayor Mark Mallory started the advisory group in 2006 in an effort to coordinate the activites of various YP groups throughout the region, with the goal of attracting and retaining young professionals.

This year saw a record number of applicants for the cabinet, Mallory tells the Enquirer.

Read the full article here.

P&G honored in Davos as one of 100 most sustainable companies

Procter & Gamble has been selected as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The honor, awarded by Corporate Knights Inc. and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc., goes to companies who effectively manage environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities relative to their industry peers.

As detailed in "Designed to Innovate...Sustainably", P&G's most recent annual sustainability report, the company reduced water consumption by seven percent, energy usage by six percent, and CO2 emissions by eight percent.

This is the first time the company has been named to the Global 100, which was launched in 2005.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati submits $332M stimulus wish list

Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory has submitted a request for $332 million to fund 51 projects as part of the proposed $819 billion federal stimulus package.

The list includes $190 million in water and sewer projects, $74 million for new streets and related infrastructure, and $24 million for public improvements connected to neighborhood economic development initiatives.

Also requested was $12.6 million to conduct an engineering study to determine the best route for an Over-the-Rhine-to-Uptown streetcar connector.

Mallory estimates that more than 3,600 jobs would be created if the list of projects were fully funded.

Read the full article here.

Burke to expand downtown

Burke Inc. will spend $10 million renovating a West Seventh Street building, creating a new headquarters and giving the market research firm room to grow.

BHDP Architecture has been retained to design the 78,000-square-foot space, which Burke plans to occupy in June 2010.

The firm's 229 downtown employees currently work in a 52,000-square-foot space at the city-owned Centennial Two building.

Clients in multiple sectors have led to sustained success for Burke, with 2008 revenues besting 2007 revenues by 13.7 percent.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati in top 30 most wired cities

Cincinnati has ranked as the 28th most wired city in the United States, according to an annual evaluation conducted by Forbes.com.

Forbes measured cities' "wired quotient" by computing the percentage of Internet users with high-speed connections, the number of companies providing high-speed Internet, and the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Placing between Philadelphia and Columbus, Cincinnati received top 20 marks for broadband adoption and Wi-Fi hotspots, but lost ground due to the number of service providers available.

Ohio has invested heavily in providing 100 percent broadband access throughout the state, and the Obama administration and House Democrats have proposed including $6 billion for broadband infrastructure as part of the economic stimulus package.

Read the full article here.

Banks buildings to rise around June 1, developer says

The Banks project is on schedule, and construction of buildings should start around June 1, according to Trent Germano, vice chairman of co-developer Carter.

Foundation work is underway for the first phase, which will include 300 apartment units and 70,000 square feet of retail space.  (Sorry, no grocery.)

The development team is also courting a boutique hotel for the first phase and, depending on pre-leasing, could add between 250,000 and 300,000 square feet of office space.

Retail leasing efforts will begin this year, and apartments will be offered for lease in spring 2010.

Read the full article here.

P&G spreads idea net

Procter & Gamble is opening its doors to new ideas by posting its innovation "wish list" online, part of its Connect and Develop strategy for product development.

Although P&G still spends more than $2 billion a year on research and development and employs more than 9,000 researchers worldwide, more than half of its new product ideas now are coming from outside of the company.

According to the Enquirer, this outside-in approach can mean buying ingredients or technology from other firms, licensing the rights to products owned by others, or awarding the rights to its brands for others to develop.

Connect and Develop has allowed P&G profits per employee to grow 8 percent a year by drastically cutting research and development costs.

Read more from our friend Dave Holthaus here.

Store brands lifting Kroger in troubled economy

Linda Severin, a Kroger vice president, has spent the last two years dreaming up new products to sell under the company's store-brand labels.

The company hired Severin to expand its home brands, which include value brands, brands meant to compete against national products, and premium brands.

With fewer people dining out, grocery stores are one of the few markets doing well, and Kroger's store brands account for 26 percent of its sales.

The Nielsen market research company reports that dollar sales of store brands increased 10 percent for the year preceding November 1, compared to a 3 percent gain for branded products.

Read the full article here.

UC, P&G create cutting-edge computer sim center

The University of Cincinnati and Procter & Gamble have teamed up to create a center of expertise in computer simulation, allowing them to solve real design problems in a virtual world.

Traditional engineering and production requires a product to be designed, a prototype to be created and tested, and then results to be fed back into redesign -- a time-consuming and costly method.

Exploring other options, P&G looked at Caterpillar, Inc.'s Champaign Simulation Center at the University of Illinois Research Park, a model of partnership with universities that could provide cost-effective simulations while helping to grow future talent.

The center opened in September at the UC Turner Building and is staffed by nine students for UC's College of Engineering, who are working closely with P&G engineers on limited modeling projects, with plans to expand modeling capabilities as the center matures.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati Chamber talent symposium targets YPs

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber will host a talent symposium on December 10 to help human resources professionals attract and retain young workers.

The HYPE Talent Symposium, from 8 AM to noon at Great American Ball Park, will reinforce the importance of selling the region as a great place to live and work.

According to the Business Courier, the event also will include and exercise that will help guests understand the perspective of a person new to the region and an introduction of the chamber's recruiting tools developed for its HYPE initiative.

Steve Browne, executive director of human resources at LaRosa's Inc., will moderate.

Read the full article here.

P&G and Google team up to trade knowledge

Procter & Gamble has announced that it has done job swaps with Google Inc. to teach each other about targeting customers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that discussions about employee swaps began last year, and that two Tide detergent brand managers swapped places with a pair of Google officials in January.

P&G spokeswoman Allison Yang tells the New York Times that her company is looking to reach more online customers, and embedded Google officials have been schooled in P&G's innovative brands and strategies.

The two companies expect to continue job swaps and information exchanges in the future.

Read the full article here.

Downtown library busiest in country

For the fourth straight year, the Main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been ranked as the busiest library building in the nation by the Public Library Association.

The branch circulated more than 4 million items, receiving nearly 10 percent of that total from user holds for materials such as books, CDs, and DVDs.

With recent improvements such as the technology center and teen spot, circulation is on pace to reach 4.7 million this year.

The Public Library Association compared nearly 1,000 public libraries from the United States using 2007 circulation statistics.

Read the full article here.

Board hopes event spurs interest in Emery Theatre

After a decade of dormancy, the board of the Emery Center Corp. hopes that the November 23 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards spurs interest in raising the $3 million needed to make the historic theater functional.

Built in 1911 by Samuel Hannaford and Sons and owned by the University of Cincinnati, the Emery Center board has been busy preparing renovation cost estimates, performing valuation studies, demolishing and removing debris, and generally freshening up the space.

With parking available in the nearby Gateway garage and the thriving surrounding arts scene, many see a need for a 1,600-seat theater like the Emery.

It's still unclear if the city will have money in the budget to support the project, or if a proposed theater at Fifth and Race will materialize.

Read the full article here.

Science teachers to flock to Cincinnati for conference on science education

Science teachers from around the nation will flock to Cincinnati's Duke Energy Center on December 4-6 for the 2008 Midwestern Area Conference on Science Education.

According to a media release from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the conference, held in conjunction with the Science Education Council of Ohio, is a high-energy, diverse gathering aimed at engaging science educators of all levels to impart the enthusiasm and cutting-edge knowledge of the natural world.

With a theme of "Renewing the Energy in Science Education", the conference is expected to focus on the topics of teaching for enduring understanding, renewable and non-renewable resources, and the nature of science.

Attendees will also be able to browse NSTA's Exhibition of Science Teaching Materials, where more than 100 companies and organizations will exhibit the latest science education materials, laboratory equipment, and computer hardware and software.

Read the full release here.

Kendle named Best Place to Work in Greater Cincinnati

Kendle International Inc. has been named a "Best Place to Work" in the Grand company category by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

More than 100 companies participated in the publication's Greater Cincinnati's Best Places to Work 2008 survey, which was open to any company in the 15-county region with more than 10 employees, or companies not based locally but have at least 75 local employees.

Companies were judged based on scores from employee surveys that evaluated employee engagement, trust in management and coworkers, belief in career path, commitment to professional development, satisfaction with compensation and benefits, and overall workplace fulfillment.

"Kendle is proud to be recognized as an employer of choice," Candace Kendle, chairman and CEO, says in a media release.  "We value the contributions of our associates and work hard to create a stimulating and rewarding culture that engages them through ongoing learning and career development opportunities to advance their skills and accelerate their careers."

Read the full release here.

New regional transit agency in the works

Cincinnati and Hamilton County have reached an agreement on a new regional transit agency that could give more say to suburban governments - if they are willing to pay.

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Transit Authority would consist of a 13-member board, with seven being appointed by the City of Cincinnati and six from Hamilton County.

Butler, Clermont and Warren counties would be able to directly appoint board members if they formally join the new agency, and could gain a majority of the board seats if they contribute more than 50 percent of the agency's budget.

Both the City of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Commission are likely to consider resolutions on the matter this month.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati's library system earns top 10 ranking

For the third year in a row, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) has ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Cincinnati placed 10th among 79 library systems in the "Over 500,000 population" category in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

The ratings are based on statistics such as circulation, customer visits per hour, and number of volumes owned per capita.

While PLCHC executive director Kim Fender is pleased with the ranking, she tells WLWT.com that "our Library is much more than the number of items on the shelves".

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati auditions for world's largest choir competition

The City of Cincinnati is still in the running for the world's largest international choir competition, and spent this weekend making its case.

Team Cincinnati, winners of NBC's Clash of the Choirs, performed at the Aronoff Center on Saturday for a site selection committee from the World Choir Games, who became aware of Cincinnati through the television show.

The competition has never been held in the United States, and the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pitching a Downtown and Over-the-Rhine "campus" of venues as its strongest selling point.

The CAA estimates that the games, which would be held in 2012, would bring a $13 million economic impact, 44,000 hotel room nights and 20,000 participants.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati USA among 'best in class' of place branding initiatives

Cincinnati USA's branding efforts deliver a consistent and persuasive message, according to the Branding Strategy Insider. Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, writes that it is his belief that place branding is an effective strategy for accelerating the economic growth of a location, either through direct foreign investment or through the expansion of already established companies.

In his opinion, the Cincinnati region does a great job across seven different place branding strategies, making the area even more competitive for capital investment.

But Burghard warns that other cities and states are also in the game, so both the state and the region must continue to push their brand promises while continuing to improve their business climates.

Read the full article here.

The National, the Breeders to play Obama rally on Square

The National and the Breeders will play a free concert in support of the Obama/Biden campaign on October 16 on Fountain Square.

During the show, buses will transport voters between Fountain Square and the Hamilton County Board of Elections to cast an early ballot.

Hamilton County has shown signs of a Democratic slide in recent elections, and the results of the November elections locally could have a large effect on the swing state of Ohio.

The National formed in Cincinnati in 1999, and the Breeders feature Kim and Kelley Deal, identical twin sisters from Dayton.

Read the full article here.

FirstGroup wins 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal

Because of its commitment to safety and health and to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves, FirstGroup America has been awarded the 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal by the National Safety Council (NSC).

The announcement was made during the opening session of the NSC's 96th Annual Congress & Expo in Anaheim, California, and the company will receive the medal at a special recognition dinner in spring 2009.

"We believe that FirstGroup is both a trend setter and an industry leader in safety and health," NSC president and CEO Janet Froetscher tells PR Newswire.  "The company's two core values, safety and customer service with safety, exemplify the priority with which safety is embraced."

Based downtown, FirstGroup America transports more than 2.5 billion passengers a year.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati to host MLB's third annual Civil Rights Game

Cincinnati has been selected to host Major League Baseball's (MLB) third annual Civil Rights Game, a June 20, 2009 regular season matchup against the Chicago White Sox.

Played for the first two seasons in Memphis, the game pays tribute to an era of significant social change in America and honors baseball's involvement in helping African American players break through racial barriers.

"Cincinnati was the first point for freedom for many people," Mayor Mark Mallory tells MLB.com.  "The Civil Rights game is an excellent opportunity to continue our ongoing national efforts to advance civil rights."

Two days of events commemorating the Civil Rights Movement, including a panel discussion and banquest honoring the recipients of the third annual MLB Beacon Awards, will lead up to the game.

Read the full release here.

P&G, Hispanic Scholarship Fund team up to support 'STEM' scholarships

Procter and Gamble has announced that it is contributing $150,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) to help provide scholarships for Hispanic students pursuing college careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

According to PR Newswire, a Congressional Research Service report from 2008 indicates that science and technology-related professions are among the top 30 fastest-growing occupations with a 27 percent growth rate, compared to a 10 percent average rate for other occupations.

The HSF scholarship application period will run until February 27, 2009, with 48 scholarships of $2,500 awarded to eligible Hispanic students who will be enrolled in school in the fall of 2009.

P&G has been a corporate partner of HSF for more than two decades and has contributed more than $3,000,000 to help educate future Hispanic leaders.

Read the full release here.

Downtown Cincinnati hotels beat the odds

Bucking national and regional trends, a strong local convention business has helped downtown Cincinnati's hotels occupancy and room rates climb.

From January to July of 2008, local occupancy rates rose 7 percent over the same period last year, compared to a 3 percent drop nationally.

Many credit the $135 million expansion of the Duke Energy Convention Center, which reopened in mid 2006 and allowed for such high-profile conventions as the NAACP Convention and the National Baptist Convention.

"Cincinnati’s increase looks like much more when you look everywhere else that’s losing occupancy," Sotiris Avgoustis, chairman of the tourism, convention and event planning department of Indiana University at Indianapolis, tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, noting that occupancy is down in regional cities such as Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Detroit.

Read the full article here.

Hamilton County in 3rd place in Green Counties Competition

Hamilton County is currently in third place in the large counties category in the National Association of Counties' Green Counties Competition.

The competition encourages county employees and residents to take the Energy Star Campaign pledge to save energy and help fight global warming.

By joining the pledge, employees and residents will receive a 10 percent discount on Office Depot's Green Brand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, and the county with the most pledges will receive 1,000 free lightbulbs.

The competition runs through November 30.

Read the full release here (PDF).

Freedom Center chooses digital media brand for U.S. schools

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has announced the launch of its "Underground Railroad Digital Media" brand to provide electronic access to its catalog of educational videos.

The new brand is part of an audience-building strategy to broaden access to the Freedom Center's educational experiences by making them accessible to the country's estimated 80 million students.

Video packages will be targeted to state content standards in the subject areas of American history, global issues, civics, and social studies.

SAFARI Montage, a video-on-demand and digital media management solution provider, will distribute the video content.

Read the full release here.

Agenda 360 conducting community survey

Agenda 360, a regional action initiative seeking to transform Cincinnati into a leading metro region for talent, jobs, and economic opportunity, is conducting a community survey to gain input.

The goal of the survey is to zero in on about a dozen action-oriented initiatives and to develop a plan for implementation by the end of 2008.

In the future, ideas from Agenda 360 will be merged with those of Northern Kentucky's Vision 2015 initiative to create a single regional plan.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be available through the end of September on the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber website.

Read the full article here.

$2.4M grant to help thousands of students prepare for college

Thousands of low-income Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students will get on track for college thanks to a $2.4 million GEARUP SCORES partnership grant.

The grant comes from a $303.4 million federal program that emphasizes increasing the number of disadvantaged students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by increasing math and science scores, boosting graduation rates, and educating students and parents about college access and financial aid.

The partnership, which is being led by the University of Cincinnati and CPS, will track 4,000 sixth- and seventh-grade students in 31 CPS schools over the six-year grant period.

Other project partners include Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Strive, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.

Read the full article here.

P&G purchases NIOXIN Research Laboratories

Procter & Gamble has closed on the purchase of NIOXIN Research Laboratories, Inc., a global leader in the scalp care segment.

NIOXIN offers a range of innovative products to improve the appearance of thinning hair and is distributed through salons in more than 40 countries.

"Our goal is to further grow the NIOXIN business with their current organization, brand portfolio and distribution partners," Kevin Otero, general manager of P&G Professional Care North America tells PR Newswire.

Current NIOXIN CEO Brian Graham will be retained to lead the business.

Read the full story here.

Attracting, retaining YPs crucial to regional economy

Our region's economic future and overall vitality rely on showing young professionals (YPs) that Cincinnati is a terrific place to live, learn, work, play and stay, says University of Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher.

In an editorial appearing in the Business Courier, Zimpher says that too much of our regional strategy has targeted companies and their investment, while not paying enough attention to the talent base that could fill those new jobs.

She argues that YPs live at the cutting edge and are more mobile, but will put down roots and establish networks where they find fulfillment.

But more importantly, she says, YPs expect success.

Read the full article here.

Sensational Cincinnati: Queen City undergoing cultural revival

Cleveland Plain Dealer travel writer Laura DeMarco says that Cincinnati is undergoing a cultural revival, offering world-class museums, vibrant nightlife and dining, and a rich look at Ohio history.

Noting the hundreds of people on Fountain Square on Friday afternoon, DeMarco suggests taking a short walk to the Contemporary Arts Center, the "forward thinking" University of Cincinnati campus, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

For nightlife, she suggests numerous attractions in Newport, "gritty" Northside, and the upscale Mount Adams, rich with views.

Oh, and she liked goetta.  In fact, she seemed to like just about everything.

Read the full article here.

Forbes: Cincinnati 7th most lustful city

Don't blush, but Forbes has named us America's 7th most lustful city.

Forbes based their rankings of the country's 50 largest cities on per capita over-the-counter contraceptive sales data compiled by research firm ACNielsen.

According to the data, Cincinnatians purchased 70 percent more condoms and other contraceptives than expected for a city of its size.

Incidentally, Cincinnati tied with Columbus in "lustfulness", with Denver coming out on top.

Read the full article here.

Bus systems lure riders with plush seats and Wi-Fi

With higher fuel prices leading to increased ridership, transit systems like Cincinnati's Metro are looking at ways to make riders' experiences more pleasant and more convenient, all while keeping costs down.

In doing so, transit agencies hope to makeover the image of bus transportation, which is often associated with people of low income.

Metro has installed Wi-Fi on many of its routes, and recently has been given permission to continue traveling on the shoulder of I-71 to shorten commuters' trips.

Metro's use of soy biodiesel fuel also makes it attractive to environmentally-conscious customers.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati chosen for innovative youth political immersion program

Cincinnati has been selected as one of five cities from across the country to participate in Swing Semester, an innovative program that helps young people take their first steps into political activism.

The program places college students and other young people with host families in key swing states, where they work with campaigns, issue-based organizations and get-out-the-vote efforts.

In addition to becoming engaged in the political process and learning about their host communities, students can earn college credit.

Swing Semester is currently seeking local host families.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati, other U.S. downtowns see streetcars in their future

At least 40 cities are exploring the use of streetcars to drive economic development, and the New York Times highlights Cincinnati's $132 million proposal.

Advocates are basing their studies on the success of Portland, Oregon, which, since installing its system in 2001, have claimed more than 10,000 residential units and more than $3.5 billion in property investment within two blocks of the line.

Not only can streetcars aid in resident mobility in an era of increasing gas prices, but they lure younger workers who crave a walkable environment and entice developers who are drawn by the permanence of the infrastructure.

"Cincinnati has to compete with other cities for investment," Cincinnati city manager Milton Dohoney Jr tells the New York Times.  "We have to compete for talent and for a place of national prominence."

Read the full article here.

Pitches for medical venture capital to be made in Cincinnati

Health-care companies seeking venture capital funding will have the opportunity to plug in to some of that cash during the sixth annual MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum in Cincinnati, October 1-2.

Over 400 potential investors are expected to hear presentations from about 40 firms in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, industrial biotech and medical devices.

The forum has previously been held in Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Read the full article here.

Bluespring Software announces Office Business Applications

Bluespring Software has announced the development of Office Business Applications, a cost-effective and easy-to-manage way to automate key business functions.

Office Business Applications are out of the box applications that leverage such programs as Word, Excel, Visio and SharePoint, meaning that there is little to no learning curve for users and minimal IT support required.

The applications also give companies the ability to invest in a single solutions platform, lowering not only the acquisition cost of software but also ongoing maintenance and support.

According to a media release, the applications also leverage Service Oriented Architecture technology to rapidly "stitch" together enterprise solutions based on pre-built components instead of coding them from scratch, dramatically reducing development time and cost.

Read the full release here.

Metro tests 'bendable' bus

Metro is testing a new "bendable" bus that could hold 50 percent more passengers on its busiest routes.

The articulated buses are being tested on several city routes to determine if the buses can operate efficiently in Cincinnati.

The "bendable" mid-sections allow the buses to make turns on narrower urban streets more easily.

Articulated buses have been in use since the 1920s and are common in such cities as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago.

Read the full article here.

Strive endorses plan to boost CPS college enrollment

Strive has endorsed a plan by an alliance of non-profits to increase the number of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students who enroll in college following graduation.

Through services that include academic and career advising, financial aid assistance, test preparation and campus tours, the Cincinnati College