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Locally founded Brandemonium named must-go marketing conference of 2018

Whether you're a keynote speaker or just an attendee, it's important to know what industry events to go to and how to prepare. Forbes recently rounded up the marketing conferences that are can't-miss events for 2018, and locally founded Brandemonium made the list.

Brandemonium, which will be held for the second time from Oct. 2-5 in Cincinnati, claims to be the first of its kind. It's all about brand and agency creativity. This year, organizers anticipate over 1,000 attendees for four days of panels, workshops and mentoring sessions.

Can't make Brandemonium? Don't worry, there's sure to be a conference that fits your schedule and needs on this list.


Rooftop bar at 21c named among the best bars in the country

The rooftop bar at downtown's 21c Museum Hotel is turning heads, and this time, the heads of the food-obsessed team at Food Network.

Rookwood tile, TVs hidden behind mirrors and a 100-year-old floor from the building’s previous life as the Hotel Metropole are a few of the unique features of the 65-seat rooftop bar. Not only that, but the rooftop vantage point gives guests killer views of downtown and beyond.

The bar's ever-evolving seasonal drink list contains options like The Admiral, which is made with bourbon, cherry liqueur, orange juice and house-made cherry bitters; or The Gidget — vodka and orange blossom-lemon syrup topped with club soda. In the warmer months, the menu includes slushie cocktails. There's also a food menu, complete with cheese, charcuterie and vegetable boards, and soft pretzels.

Check out the other bars on the list here.

BLINK not the only draw in Cincinnati

This October brought BLINK to the Queen City, a free, walkable, light and art festival that spanned from The Banks to Findlay Market and included 60 large-scale installations and projections. Over one million people attended, putting it on the radar of people all over the region, and the country.

While in town for BLINK, travel blog Cool Hunting uncovered a myriad of other can't-miss options in town, including the 21c, Findlay Market, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Arts Museum, the Lucky Cat Museum, Taft's Ale House, brewery tours in Over-the-Rhine, the American Sign Museum, Rhinegeist's new restaurant, Music Hall and drinks at Sundry and Vice.

Click here to read more about Cool Hunting's four days of Cincinnati discovery.


Behind closed doors: Cincinnati's most beautiful restaurants

Many of Cincinnati's best restaurants are hidden behind unassuming doors. Only in Your State rounded up the top eight local spots that you have to see for yourself.
  • Boca
  • Sotto
  • Mita's
  • Restaurant L
  • Metropole
  • Taft's Ale House
  • The Mercer OTR
  • Abigail Street
Click here to see the photos.


Five local favorites recognized by Food & Wine

Five local spots on both sides of the river were featured in Food & Wine's Cincinnati City Guide.
  • The menu at Carabello Coffee's Analog Coffee Bar has eight different brewing methods on it, and is the place for coffee geeks.
  • Artichoke, located across the street from Findlay Market, is stocked with every cooking gadget you'll ever need.
  • Longfellow is known for its cocktail menu, but there's also a small bites menu that leaves customers wanting more. 
  • Chef Ryan Santos' new restaurant Please is known for its ambitious and tasty dishes.
  • Downtown's 21c is more than just a hotel — it's an art gallery too. 
Read more about Food & Wine's top Cincy stops here.

21c Cincinnati named top hotel in Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler recently announced its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati as one of the best in the world. Each of 21c Museum Hotels’ seven properties received high honors, with 21c Cincinnati landing at the no. 5 spot on the Top Hotels in the Midwest list.

Five other 21c Museum Hotels were named as Top Hotels in the South, including 21c Lexington (No. 6), 21c Nashville (No. 15), 21c Louisville (No. 17), 21c Durham (No. 22) and 21c Bentonville (No. 37). The rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design.

More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines and 195 airports.

For more information about the awards, click here.

Greater Cincinnati no. 1 metro area in sustainability

Site Selection released its 2017 Sustainability Rankings, which are driven by a unique index of factors. Ohio is the third most sustainable state in the U.S., and among U.S. metro areas, the Greater Cincinnati area landed itself at no. 1.

This ranking is in part because of companies like Procter & Gamble, which continues to pursue its own aggressive sustainability agenda. Recent green steps include investments in recycling and beneficial reuse that by 2020, will eliminate all manufacturing waste from P&G's global network of more than 100 production sites.

UC is also a leader in the sustainability game. The new $120 million Carl H. Lindner College of Business will be LEED Gold certified when it opens in 2019. Since 2004, UC has constructed six LEED-certified buildings, including the award-winning Morgans and Scioto student residence halls.

To see where other states, countries and metro areas ranked, click here.

BLINK: by the numbers

This past weekend, nearly one million people descended on Over-the-Rhine and downtown for the first ever BLINK Cincinnati. The four-day art and light festival covered 20 city blocks and incorporated local and international talent. 

Here are some of the big numbers:
  • More than 2,500 people participated in Thursday's BLINK Future City Spectacular light parade; about 100,000 people attended the parade
  • Twenty-two projection mappings and 35 light-based art installations were strategically placed from Findlay Market to The Banks
  • Eight new murals were painted by international artists
  • Thirty entertainers performed throughout the weekend on six stages
  • 500 volunteers worked to make BLINK possible
  • More than 100 artists participated in the festival, with 60 from the region
  • About 27,000 rides were taken on the Cincinnati Bell Connector
To see photos from BLINK, search #blinkcincinnati on Instagram.


Cincinnati is the coolest in the Midwest

We don't need to be told that Cincinnati is a cool place to live, but the website Only in Your State recently rounded up all of the reasons why.

Things that make the Queen City so cool are:

  • The growth in Over-the-Rhine
  • Its growing food scene
  • How it celebrates the arts
  • The craft beer
  • Its efforts to preserve historic landmarks
  • The riverfront views
  • The parks
  • Fiona
  • Its celebrations

To read more, click here.

Nine Cincy restaurants are experts at the social media game

Illumen Media recently examined the social media accounts of 100 Greater Cincinnati restaurants, and came up with nine whose social marketing and online customer interaction are on-point.
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery: The relatively new alcoholic ice cream shop posts photos of its food, which sells — both the food and the business. Plus, they regularly interact with their customers on all social media platforms. @buzzedbullcreamery
  • Mac Shack and other 4EG-owned restaurants: This new restaurant concept is constantly changing its menu, and its social media game. @macshackclifton
  • Grand Central Deli: This New York-style deli has everything: a great concept, great food, strong graphics and excellent digital marketing. Everything ties back to the 1920s vibe. @gcdeli
  • Mac's Pizza Pub: This bar/pizza joint manages social media for all four of its locations, with a separate social presence for each spot. No matter the location, they're always promoting the game of the day and their events. @macspizzapub
  • Arnold's Bar & Grill: As the oldest tavern in town, it's had to adapt to the changing digital landscape. Event updates and unique local partnerships consistently receive high audience engagement. @arnolds_cincinnati
  • Bard's Burgers: A small, single-location dive in Covington that posts multiple times a day. They've created a community around their restaurant and regularly feature customers and competitions. @bardsburgers
  • Injoy Street Food: As a mobile food stand, digital marketing is super important. The images place Injoy's colorful food front-and-center, and their social channels consistently update customers on where to find them. @injoystreetfood
  • Court Street Lobster Bar: A one-of-a-kind concept in Cincy, Court Street Lobster uses that to its advantage. Specials and regular updates are super important too. @courtstlobster
  • Che: This Argentinian spot frequently changes its menu, and its social media accounts let customers know to come get its limited-time offers. @che_cincinnati
To read more about the restaurants that are playing the digital game right and for some takeaways from each, click here.

Cincy recognized as one of the top destinations for design this fall

Architectural Digest sought out the top five travel destinations this fall for those interested in design, and Cincinnati made the list. Other cities include Mexico City; Washington, D.C.; Shenzhen, China; and New York's Hudson Valley. 

October is a busy month for Cincinnati, with events like the first-ever BLINK festival (Oct. 12-15) and DesignBuildCincy (Oct. 28 & 29). Design-lovers can also appreciate the historic buildings like those designed by Samuel Hannaford (Music Hall, City Hall, the Cincinnati Observatory and the Mutual Building in NKY, just to name a few). 

AD suggests staying at the 21c Musuem Hotel and checking out the Contemporary Arts Center, which was designed by Zaha Hadid. 

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

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

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

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


Facebook recommendations reveal that Montgomery Inn is best restaurant in Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cedar Point is currently in the no. 1 spot.

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

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati lands on September's must-do list

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

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

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

Check out other September events around the country here

Thirteen area restaurants lauded by Wine Spectator for wine programs

In 2017, Wine Spectator is honoring 3,592 restaurants from all 50 states and more than 75 countries for their dedication to wine. The awards are given across three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award.

Nine Cincinnati restaurants landed themselves in this year's Award of Excellence category:

The Best Award of Excellence is given to restaurants with a wine list of about 350 or more selections with vintage depth or breadth in one or more regions; it was awarded to 1,168 restaurants. Four Cincinnati restaurants received this award: Boca and three owned by Jeff Ruby — Carlo & Johnny, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse and The Precinct.

To read more about Wine Spectator's award winners, click here.

Kroger is one of the nation's most loved brands

Kroger landed itself at the top of The Morning Consult's list of Most Loved Brands. It came in at the top of the grocery store category, edging out Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons and Publix.

The local brand received 53 percent of the vote from about 200,000 consumer votes. Kroger even edged out Whole Foods, which built a national brand by having the highest-quality organic foods on the market.

But Americans seem to like Kroger more than they like Whole Foods, and the majority of that stems from the fact that more people have an unfavorable opinion of Whole Foods — 13 percent to Kroger's 9 percent. Whole Foods was recently purchased by Amazon, which will likely bring about some changes for the health food chain.

Kroger is making a name for itself in the grocery store world by launching its new Click List grocery pick-up program and starting a meal kit service that you can pick up in store, take home and prepare. 

Check out the full list of the nation's Most Loved Brands here.


Orchids at Palm Court up for USA Today's Readers' Choice best restaurant of the year

Orchids at Palm Court, located inside the Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, holds many distinctions. Among these is a AAA Five Diamond rating and an award-winning executive chef.

Now, Orchids is in the running for the Readers' Choice Best Restaurant of the Year award, as voted on by USA Today readers.

You can vote now through Aug. 1. As of publication, Orchids was at no. 6 on the leaderboard. 

Click here to vote!

Travel + Leisure discovers the key places to visit in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is undergoing a renaissance, and it's been named one of the hottest places to visit in the country. Residents know why, but visits are just starting to learn about its history, top-notch bars and restaurants, museums, sports teams and great views.

Travel + Leisure thinks these are the top nine places to visit while in the Queen City: Click here to read more. 

P&G CEO David Taylor rated one of the top in the country

Glassdoor recently released its list of highest rated CEOS, employees' choice. Each CEO is ranked based on what employees have to say about them and the company, job openings and salaries at the company and company benefits.

David Taylor, CEO of P&G, once again made the list. This is the second year in a row that Taylor has been included in the ranking, although in 2016, he was ranked no. 11, and this year, he came in at no. 76 with a 90 percent employee approval rating. (For comparison, the CEO at the no. 1 spot, Benno Dorer of The Clorox Company, has a 99 percent employee approval rating.)

Other accolades for P&G include a top 25 spot on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

To see the full list of CEOs, click here.

Kroger and other grocery chains embracing technology, growth

Something that has been missing from the traditional grocery shopping experience is convenience. Grocery chains like Kroger and Whole Foods (which was recently purchased by Amazon) are working to change that.

We know of services like Kroger's Click List and Walmart Grocery Pickup that allow customers to shop from the comfort of their home, adding items to their vitural shopping carts. Workers do the "shopping," and customers schedule a time to pick up their groceries from their nearest store.

But what other advances are coming our way?

New and remodeled Kroger stores around the Tristate now have beer and wine bars, complete with the option to purchase a pint to enjoy while you shop, a glass of wine to sip at the bar or a growler to take home. The recently announced downtown Kroger will include a two-story shopping experience with a bar on the second floor, a food hall and terrace and a number of restaurants and ready-to-eat options operated by outside vendors.

This Forbes article examines six other ways that grocery stores are working to improve the shopping experience.

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip named a summer staple

Graeter's has been around since 1870, and the company has stayed true to its artisinal, small batch, handcrafted roots for more than 145 years.

Its OG flavor, Black Raspberry Chip, was handpicked by People.com as one of the summer's must-have ice creams. And that's saying something (just check out the list)!

If you've never had Black Raspberry Chip, it's a creamy black raspberry flavored ice cream with huge chunks of chocolate smattered throughout. You can get a scoop of it at any of Graeter's Cincinnati locations or purchase a pint of it for about $6 at regional grocery stores.

Or, if you're like Oprah, you can ship six pints of it to your front door for $80.

Five new must-see attractions coming to Cincy this summer

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Eleven Cincy bars named among the best in Ohio

Eleven Greater Cincinnati breweries, bars and family-friendly hotspots made Cleveland.com's list of the best bars in the state.

Cleveland.com staff looked at the best Yelp reviews to come up with its list of the 50 best watering holes in Ohio. Here are the Cincinnati places that made the list: To see the full list, click here.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center receives award for best exhibition

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center recently received a number of awards from the Ohio Museums Association, including one for best exhibit for the 2016 ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery.

The museum also received the Gold Award (the top prize) for the visual communication competition for The Rosa Parks Experience campaign, and Jesse Kramer, the museum's creative director, received the 2016 Emerging Professional Award.

ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery featured images by world-renowned photographer Lisa Kristine that documented the lives of slaves and the freedom they never dreamed possible. The Rosa Parks Experience is the museum’s virtual reality experience that commemorates Rosa Parks’ historic demonstration.

Founded in 1976, the OMA is the leading advocate for connecting and empowering the state's museums and museum professionals through professional development, networking events and advocacy. Each year, OMA’s annual awards program honors outstanding individual and institutional achievements and visual communications.

To find out more about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and its exhibits, click here.


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

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

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

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

Travel + Leisure plans perfect three-day weekend in Cincinnati

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

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

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

Three Cincinnati restaurants make OpenTable's top 100

Only nine Ohio restaurants made OpenTable's list of the 100 best restaurants in the country, and three of those restaurants call Cincinnati home.

E+O Kitchen in Hyde Park and Mita's and Nada, which are both downtown, made the prestigious list.

In order to come up with the final list, OpenTable analyzes over 10,000,000 reviews from verified diners of more than 24,000 restaurants all over the United States.
OpenTable makes it easy to check out reviews of the Top 100 eateries, as well as make reservations straight from the list.

Jose Salazar semifinalist for James Beard Award

Jose Salazar, chef and owner of Mita's and Salazar, is the only Ohio chef to be named as a semifinalist for a James Beard Award.

He's nominated in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category, specifically for his work at Mita's. Award nominees will be announced on March 15; you can follow the nominations in real-time on Facebook Live and Twitter.

Salazar started off his career as the executive chef at The Palace, then moved to Abigail Street to work for fellow chef and restaurateur Daniel Wright. He opened Salazar in 2013, and Mita's in 2015.

See the full list of James Beard Award Restaurant and Chef semifinalists here.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweets aerial image of Cincinnati

On Saturday, astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted an aerial image of Cincinnati from the International Space Station.

You can see more aerial views he's captured on his Twitter page. 

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati tops the list of Ohio's best hotels

U.S. News & World Report ranked the state's top hotels, based on awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Downtown's 21c Museum Hotel topped the list.

Open since 2012, 21c is home to a free, 24-hour contemporary art gallery and Metropole restaurant (named in honor of the Metropole Hotel that used to be located at the site) and a rooftop bar. The Cincinnati hotel is just one of seven 21c hotels in the country — others are located in Bentonville, Ark., Durham, NC, Lexington, Louisville, Oklahoma City and Nashville.

The 21c came in at no. 1 on USN's list of Best Ohio Hotels, with three other Cincinnati hotels — the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, The Cincinnatian and The Westin — making the top 10.

See the list of Ohio's top 15 best hotels here.


Brent Spence Bridge causes traffic jams downtown on both sides of the river

Rush hour in Cincinnati is the worst, especially if you're trying to cross the Brent Spence Bridge from either side of the river. It seems that no matter the time of day, the I-75 at I-74 and the I-75/I-71 at I-275 interchanges are always congested.

The Brent Spence Bridge, which is the cause of those traffic jams, recently made American Transporation Research Institute's list of top 100 bottlenecks in the country, coming in at no. 35 and no. 84, respectively.

Since 2002, the ATRI has collected and processed GPS data from trucks to help support the Federal Highway Administration's Freight Performance Measures initiative, which collects and monitors key performance measures of the country's freight transportation system.

See the full list of the country's worst 100 bottleneck interchanges here.


Emilio Estevez to film ensemble political dramedy in Cincinnati

Cincinnati will once again play host to a major motion picture — this time it's a socially conscious ensemble dramedy called the public, directed by local favorite Emilio Estevez.
The plot is based on an Occupy-style sit-in that escalates to a standoff between police and Cincinnati Public Library officials during a life-threatening cold snap.
The film is currently in pre-production, with initial photography slated to begin earlier this month.

Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone and musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith have signed on to co-star.

Read more about the movie here.


People's Liberty draws national attention

One local experiment in philanthropy is drawing attention from groups around the country that are curious about the potential upside of spreading money through unusual channels.

Governing the States and Localities featured an article on People’s Liberty fellowships, through the Haile U.S. Bank Foundation. The fellowships allow recipients to take a year off to try to make their idea happen. Other grantees receive five-figure sums to carry out local initiatives that are innovative and achievable within a set time frame.

Plenty of people bat around good ideas for revitalizing empty storefronts or overgrown lots, said Jake Hodesh, vice president of People’s Liberty. The foundation not only gives them cash, but also helps them get set up. It’s an experiment in philanthropy that’s drawing attention from groups around the country that are curious about the potential upside of spreading money through unusual channels.

Read more.

Cincinnati Library wins national innovator award

The Urban Libraries Council named the the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County one of the top innovators of 2016 for a new collections program. 

Readers select their favorite authors on the library website and every time an item becomes available by an author a hold is automatically placed in the reader's preferred format so readers never miss a release by a favorite author. So far 1752 people have subscribed to Hot Tickets and 12,780 to Hot Authors.

The Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative recognizes library members' innovations in 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. Cincinnati won the category of innovations in the curation and/or creation of print and digital content; approaches for measuring use of collections.

The 2016 Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative showcases programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources, and address community issues. The website houses more than 1,200 leading practices that reflect library missions, strategies, achievements, and community contributions. Read more at the Urban Libraries Council.

Freedom Center recognizes civil rights champion

The New York Times reported that National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will honor Jim Obergefell on Oct. 22 with its Everyday Freedom Hero award which recognizes people and organizations that strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement.

Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that led to the legalization of same sex marriage in 2015 as he  battled to have his marriage with his dying partner John Arthur legally recognized in Obergefell v. Hodges. The Everyday Freedom Hero Award presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested as seating is limited.

The Everyday Freedom Hero Award  was created to recognize individuals and organizations who strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement—courage, cooperation and perseverance, while using one’s resources for the wellbeing and betterment of their community.

After marrying John, his partner of more than 20 years, who was dying of ALS, they decided to file suit against the state of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful Maryland marriage on John’s impending death certificate.

Read more here.

Chef Todd Kelly of Orchids at Palm Court featured on CBS This Morning

Executive Chef Todd Kelly of the award-winning restaurant, "Orchids at Palm Court" at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati Hotel appeared on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" on Oct. 7 to show off his signature dishes. He also shared the story of his childhood on Mauritius, a tiny island off the coast of East Africa.

Kelly spent most of his childhood in New York, but at age 11, the family moved to the East African island where he learned to cook in a place with no radio or TV, no pizza or hamburgers.

Read more at "CBS This Morning: Saturday."

Orchids at Palm Court and Sotto ranked among top 100 restaurants for foodies

Based on ratings from OpenTable users, Orchids at Palm Court and Sotto were recently ranked among the nation's best restaurants for foodies. The best of the best were chosen from among five million reviews of more than 200,000 restaurants across the country.

Orchids is the only AAA-Five Diamond rated restaurant in Ohio, and is known for serving up modern American dishes using French techniques. Chef Todd Kelly sources local and organic, even from the beehives on the roof of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, where Orchids is located.

Sotto, which is a sister restaurant to Boca and Nada, is all about Italian comfort food. The restaurant's rustic atmosphere makes diners feel as if they just stepped off the streets of Italy.

Check out the full list here and make your reservations today. 

Cincinnati ranked fourth best city for 20-somethings

Cincinnati was recently ranked one of the top 10 best cities for 20-somethings by Move.org. Other cities in the top 10 include: Lincoln, Neb.; Minneapolis; Boise, Idaho; Lexington; Lubbock, Texas; Pittsburgh; St. Paul; Oklahoma City; and Madison, Wisc. Cincinnati came in at #4.

Move.org took the 100 most populated cities in the country, then evaluated them based on the following criteria:
  • Cost of living
  • Median gross rent
  • Unemployment rate in 2014
  • Median age
  • Singles between 20 and 34 years old
  • Number of bars and restaurants
  • Commuting under 30 minutes
  • Car-free commuters
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What happened to Cincinnati's subway system?

Cincinnati started construction on a subway system at the turn of the 19th century. The idea was that with the subway, the city's population would boom because people would be able to live and work in two different places, but still be able to get there quickly.

Work on the 16-mile loop never finished.

As history would have it, World War I, Prohibition, the stock market crash and World War II played a huge part in the demise of the subway. And although the city has tried to revive it, nothing has ever come of those plans. The abandoned tunnels remain locked and removed from the public eye.

With the streetcar opening scheduled for September, it seems the city is once again ready for mass public transit.

Read the full story here.


GE at The Banks benefits from corporate America leaving the suburbs for downtowns

When General Electric starts moving its top executive team from a 70-acre wooded campus in Fairfield, Conn., to downtown Boston this month, The New York Times reports that the renovated red brick warehouses that will form part of G.E.’s new headquarters won’t even have a parking lot, let alone a spot reserved for the chief executive.

The move is part of a wave of similar decisions from large corporations to move headquarters back into downtown areas, including McDonald's, Motorola and Kraft Heinz relocating to downtown Chicago from far-flung suburbs.
“Part of it is that cities are more attractive places to live than they were 30 years ago and are more willing to provide tax incentives, and young people want to be there,” David J. Collis, who teaches corporate strategy at Harvard Business School, tells The Times. “But the trend also represents the deconstruction and disaggregation of the traditional corporate headquarters. The executive suite might be downtown, but you could have the back office and administrative functions in Colorado, the finance guys in Switzerland and the tax team in the U.K.”

The first 175 members of G.E.’s management team will move to Boston’s Fort Point section on Aug. 22, and a total of about 800 G.E. employees will be based there eventually.

“Hundreds of other workers in back-office functions like human resources, legal and finance will be scattered among G.E.’s existing locations in Cincinnati, Norwalk, Conn., and Schenectady, N.Y.,” The Times reports.

Read the full New York Times story here.

New York Times does Cincinnati on a budget

The New York Times' "Frugal Traveler" section visits Cincinnati via a new report from Lucas Peterson, who takes in "a former boomtown that was once called the 'Paris of America' because of its inspired architecture and ambitious engineering projects."

"I discovered that Cincinnati has a complicated and fascinating history that bridges (quite literally) the Northern and Southern United States," he writes. "There are, of course, great opportunities for the budget-conscious traveler: gorgeous buildings, interesting museums, open-air markets and good food, including Cincinnati's famous chili."

Peterson tries Skyline in Clifton and Camp Washington Chili, spends time at Findlay Market and Museum Center at Union Terminal and experiences a transcendent moment at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

"There’s an odd quietness in the (slave) pen, which visitors are allowed to enter: an almost ghostly chill," he writes. "It's a potent piece of history, and one of the more impressive artifacts I've encountered in any museum, anywhere."

Read the full New York Times story here.

Cincinnati is home to unique food and drink not found elsewhere

Cincinnati is known for goetta, Skyline Chili and of course, beer, but those aren't the only things putting the city on the map. Chefs like Todd Kelly and restaurateurs like Jeff Ruby strive to provide diners with something different and tasty each time they visit.

Whether it's a five-star dining experience you seek or an ice cold pint, you're sure to find it in Cincinnati.

Read the full USA Today story here.

Arnold's celebrated as "truly a piece of history"

As most Cincinnatians know, Arnold's Bar and Grill was established on Eighth Street downtown in 1861 and is the city's oldest public house. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now sharing that knowledge with the world via its website "Stories" section.

"With only minimal changes over its more than 150-year lifespan, Arnold's is truly a piece of history. It’s also a rocking place for live music and hearty food," the blog post says.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization working to save America's historic places.

Read the full blog post here.

Streetcars: If you build it, will they come?

Slow to build and expensive to operate, streetcars could be the most maligned mode of transportation in America, Governing Magazine says in its June issue, but cities keep building them.

This could be a banner year for streetcar openings, Daniel Vock writes, with a total of eight streetcar projects opening or about to come online, including five in cities with no previous service: Cincinnati; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.

"What generally distinguishes streetcars from light rail is that streetcars are smaller, travel in traffic, have shorter routes and make more frequent stops," he writes. "Light rail is built to move people between neighborhoods, while streetcars typically help people get around within neighborhoods. Although the distinctions may seem small, they help explain why streetcars seem to get a lot more criticism than light rail projects, even though both have proliferated rapidly in recent years."

The most emulated streetcar system in the country is Portland’s, Vock says, and a "pilgrimage to Portland is virtually a prerequisite for any city leader serious about building a streetcar system at home. Cincinnati’s delegation has visited Portland 39 times because it’s an example of how a streetcar can both improve transportation and create a vibrant neighborhood out of an overlooked industrial area."

Read the full Governing Magazine story here.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus to use high-tech tools to fight blight

Next City explores how the Motor City Mapping project, a citywide effort to create a comprehensive property dashboard in Detroit, is now expanding to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. Next City is a nonprofit organization providing daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world.

"The Detroit Land Bank Authority used the data to make decisions about which houses to save versus tear down," Lee Chilcote writes. "Officials also inventoried vacant and occupied properties for the first time, concentrating their efforts on tearing down vacant homes and preventing residents who are behind on their taxes from losing their homes."

The same technology is coming to Ohio thanks to a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy that will allow the agency to create property dashboards for Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. WRLC will work with Detroit-based Loveland Technologies, which developed the Motor City Mapping project.

Loveland founder and CEO Jerry Paffendorf says the technology has been a game changer for Detroit because it's "the most accurate thing that exists as far as getting a look at occupancy, vacancy and condition" of properties.

"With information in a single, easy-to-use interface that is updated in real-time, Detroit residents can get a much more accurate picture of the condition of their neighborhoods," the story says, which will be the same for Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Read the full Next City story here.

Brent Spence Bridge an "infrastructure emergency," now what?

The Hill political newspaper website leads off its take on the top five "infrastructure emergencies" across the U.S. with the Brent Spence Bridge, which it says is responsible for moving 4 percent of gross national product.

"Advocates for investing in the nation's infrastructure are hesitant to single out certain projects as deserving priority over others, arguing that sustained funding and attention is needed equally across the board," the story opens. "But there are some crumbling structures threatening both the economy and public safety that are just too urgent not to point out."

That's not news in Greater Cincinnati, where finding a replacement for the aging, overcrowded highway bridge has been a quixotic journey for corporate, government and community leaders for years. Design concepts were announced in 2010, but Ohio, Kentucky and federal political leaders can't agree on funding sources or methods.
"Some transportation planners are calling on officials not only to rehabilitate the bridge but to construct a new one alongside it," The Hill writes. "Every year of delay in the start of construction costs the taxpayers nearly $75 million per year in inflation, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation."

President Obama visited the Brent Spence Bridge in 2011 as part of a broader push for infrastructure investments, saying, "It's in such poor condition, it's functionally obsolete."

Read the full story from The Hill here.

Cincinnati's never-used subway is 100 years old this month

"In 1916, the people of Cincinnati voted to fund the construction of a subway that would revolutionize the city’s public transportation system," Scott Rodd writes at the Next City website. "One hundred years later, all that remains is a 2-mile stretch of abandoned tunnels below the declining Rust Belt city."

Rodd goes on to relate the fascinating story of how Cincinnati approved $6 million in bonds to build a subway "loop" centered in downtown only to have a subsequent mayor halt the project mid-stream, leaving abandoned tunnels and tracks under Central Parkway to this day. Foreshadowing, perhaps, for the Cincinnati Streetcar loop, which was almost halted a few years ago by newly-elected Mayor John Cranley? Instead, the streetcar starts public operations later this year.

(Note to Rodd: Cincinnati is a "declining Rust Belt city?" Dude, you need to get a clue from national reports like this, this and this of Cincinnati's renaissance and rejuvenation ...and those are from just the past week.)

The Ohio Department of Transportation eventually built large portions of Interstates 71 and 75 in urban Cincinnati on land the state had originally purchased for the subway loop, saving money by avoiding right-of-way acquisitions and eminent domain but forever destroying rail transit routes.

Read the full Next City story here.

Fodor's Travel explains why Cincinnati is now "a destination for those in the know"

Cincinnati is "stepping up its game and becoming a destination for those in the know," writes David Duran at Fodor's Travel in a post titled "Long Weekend in Cincinnati."

"Neighborhoods are diversifying, bringing more and more locals to the actual city center, which is in turn bringing more restaurants, shops and culture to areas that might have been lacking but were just waiting for a little TLC," Duran continues. "Cincinnati might surprise you, so a weekend away could be all it takes to convince you of how great the city truly is."

His itinerary included Friday night drinks at 21c Museum Hotel and dinner at Sotto; Saturday in Over-the-Rhine, including a walking tour and beer sampling at Rhinegeist, Taft's Ale House and Christian Moerlein; and Sunday at Findlay Market and Washington Park.

Read the full Fodor's Travel story here.


Contemporary Arts Center was one of Zaha Hadid's most striking designs, says New York Times

The New York Times offers a tribute to architect Zaha Hadid, who died March 31 at age 65, by highlighting her seven most striking designs, including the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts downtown.

The former Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp, one of Hadid’s great champions, famously wrote of the new CAC facility in 2003: "Might as well blurt it out: The Rosenthal Center is the most important American building to be completed since the end of the Cold War."

Read the full New York Times story here.

Chefs around the country share why wood-fire cooking sparks their creativity

Just a few years ago, Kat Kinsman writes on the Tasting Table website, the dining world was poised to drown in a gurgle of futuristic gels, spheres and foams far removed from the sensory experiences most people might associate with food. That disconnect might factor into 80 percent of the 2016 semifinalists for the James Beard Best New Restaurant award featuring dishes containing the words "wood-grilled," "smoked" and "ember" on their current menus.

"Wood-fire cooking is roaring back in a big way," Kinsman says, "and chefs from coast to coast are using this ancient technique to spark some creative thinking in their kitchens."

One of the leading wood-fire experts she profiles is Jared Bennett, executive chef of Metropole in the 21c Museum Hotel downtown who "wants diners to really feel — and taste — the burn."

The article goes on to explore Bennett's menu at length, delighting in his mix of modern techniques "with ripping-hot wood-fired heat to distinctive effect."

Tasting Table describes itself as "a website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts." Read the full story here.

How "Carol" helped bring Hollywood to Cincinnati

"We hear a lot these days about the revival of many of once-great American cities, from the Rust Belt of Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and all the way down to Houston," John Oseid writes in the Forbes lifestyle section. "Everyone's got their own list, but most anyone's should include Cincinnati."

Oseid (author bio: "I cover the world of travel with gusto ... literally, the world") says the film industry has helped put Cincinnati on the path to revival.

"Carol director Todd Haynes is known, per The New York Times, for his meticulous period recreations, and recognized that Cincinnati was a goldmine of locations," he writes, mentioning a litany of other films that were shot in the area recently: Don Cheadle's "highly-anticipated" Miles Ahead, Marauders starring Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni, hometown actress Royalty Hightower's breakout role in The Fits, James Franco's Goat and Mickey Rourke's boxing movie Tiger.

Forbes references a University of Cincinnati study saying this cinematic activity amounted to 8,880 local jobs created and $54 million in direct spending over the last two years alone. Oseid ends his story with this tip: "Should you wish to shoot your next movie in Hollywood on the Ohio, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission is waiting for your call."

Read the full Forbes story here.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center gets attention in Virgin Atlantic blog

Local arts aficionado Margy Waller continues to spread the gospel of Cincinnati's renaissance worldwide, thanks to her latest feature story on Virgin Atlantic's "Our Places" blog. She focuses here on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which she says "attracts visitors from all over the world with its celebration of freedom in a stunning space and the sharing of the important stories of the Underground Railroad, right from the banks of the river that was the critical crossing point."

Waller describes Cincinnati as "the place to come for history and architecture of the 19th century," the most important inland city at one point in the U.S. that attracted "the big names of the era came to town to try out their great ideas." John Roebling was one such big name, whose innovative bridge — a model for his better-known Brooklyn Bridge —  leads right to the museum's front door.

The story isn't stuck entirely in the past, though, reminding readers of current nearby attractions like the Reds at Great American Ball Park and Moerlein Lager House and new city-on-the-move amenities like Red Bike and the Cincinnati Streetcar.

Why is Virgin Atlantic sharing news and information about Cincinnati, a city the British airline doesn't fly to? "Connecting you to numerous destinations across the United States and Canada," the website says, "our partnership with Delta makes booking a trip to Cincinnati simple."

Read the full Our Places blog post here.

Fountain Square Christkindlmarkt among top 10 German-style Christmas markets in U.S.

USA Today recently published a roundup of popular Christmas markets in Germany, accompanied by a slideshow of the 10 best German-style holiday markets in the U.S., including the Cincideutsch market on Fountain Square.

"The Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt brings European holiday traditions to Cincinnati, an Ohio River city with a deep German heritage and a huge Oktoberfest," the slideshow says in describing the downtown weekend market.

The fourth annual Christkindlmarkt is run by Cincideutsch, a group of German-speaking residents in Cincinnati who enjoy celebrating their German heritage. The market vendors offer a variety of traditional holiday sweets and European baked goods, Glühwein (hot spiced wine) and other hot beverages, Christian Moerlein beer and handcrafted gifts and seasonal decorations. It's open 4-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 20.

See the full USA Today top 10 list here.

Good times in Cincinnati, A (art) to Z (Zula)

Andrew Davis, managing editor of Chicago's Windy City Times, a newspaper and website serving the LGBTQ community, visited Cincinnati recently as part of its TRAVEL series and came away impressed.

"When I told several people I'd be headed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and neighboring northern Kentucky," Davis wrote in the opening to his report, "I pretty much received a collective shrug as well as comments like, 'You'll probably run out of things to do within a day.' Well, I'm here to tell people near and far that Cincinnati and Kentucky have a LOT to offer — primarily with (courtesy of revitalization) some pretty unique spots that make the area memorable."

Davis' whirlwind visit included Over-the-Rhine, Covington's MainStrasse district ("reminded me of Evanston"), Clifton and Northside ("full of treasures of all types").

Read the full story from Windy City Times here.

ArtWorks murals tell Cincinnati's story "one wall at a time"

The Cleveland Plain Dealer takes a tour of ArtWorks' mural program and comes away impressed.

"To learn the history of Cincinnati, take a walk. Then look around," Susan Glaser writes. "The city's story surrounds you, in full color, on the exteriors of buildings scattered throughout downtown and in dozens of nearby neighborhoods."

Glaser and a Plain Dealer photographer check out some of the Cincinnati's newest and best-known murals, including Ezzard Charles and Henry Holtgrewe, the world's strongest man, in Over-the-Rhine; the fruit stand beside Kroger's headquarters; and the retouched Cincinnatus homage at Vine Street and Central Parkway.

"Every day, thousands of residents and visitors pass by the murals," Galser writes, "and, perhaps, wonder: What is that? How did it get there?"

Read the full Cleveland Plain Dealer story here.

Cincinnati recommended for "weekend getaway" from Chicago

Inside Hook bills itself as "the essential city guide email for adventurous and established men — guys who have limited time, but discerning taste and a thirst for experiences." It focuses on Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and that's where Cincinnati comes in.

In its 4hr. Rule section, the Chicago site offers a guide to Cincinnati as one of "the best destinations that are far away, yet still close to home. ... Stipulated: the perfect travel time for a three-day weekend getaway is four hours."

Inside Hook calls Cincinnati "one of the surprising destinations on the mid-sized-American-city travel circuit ... a city built on Midwestern spirit (and immigrant German muscle) with a slight dose of Southern charm."

Guide highlights include 21c Museum Hotel, Salazar, Eden Park, Rhinegeist, Article Menswear and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.

Read the full Inside Hook post here.

25 years later: Cincinnati and Mapplethorpe

Cincinnati writer/artist Grace Dobush has a well-researched and well-written story in today's Washington Post about this weekend's activity at the Contemporary Arts Center celebrating the 25th anniversary of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's infamous Perfect Moment exhibition at the CAC. Events and the symposium continue through tomorrow; see the full schedule here.

Dobush does a nice job reminding readers of the local tumult in 1990, centering around the prosecution of the CAC and its director, Dennis Barrie, and their subsequent acquittal by a Hamilton County jury. She also discusses Cincinnati's slow recovery from the culture wars that created an atmosphere where art could be prosecuted as obscenity.

"When Chris Seelbach became Cincinnati’s first openly gay City Council member in 2011 ... Cincinnati’s score on the Human Rights Council’s Municipal Equality Index, which evaluates cities on support for LGBT populations, was 68," Dobush writes. "As of 2014, it was a perfect 100. And Cincinnati son Jim Obergefell was at the center of the landmark Supreme Court decision this year to legalize gay marriage."

Interviews include Seelbach, CAC Director Raphaela Platow, Source Cincinnati's Julie Calvert, former Mercantile Library Director Albert Pyle and Vice Mayor David Mann. Great job, Grace!

Read the full Washington Post story here.

Cincinnati among three new U.S. streetcar lines hitting milestones

Urban issues website Next City discusses Cincinnati's Streetcar's final downtown track section being completed in its weekly "New Starts" roundup of newsworthy public transportation projects worldwide.

Streetcar projects in Cincinnati and Kansas City are moving toward completion, the roundup reports, with both systems awaiting delivery of their first vehicles from CAF's manufacturing plant in Elmira, N.Y. The article also provides an update on the new streetcar line in Washington, D.C., which is currently testing its vehicles and hopes to be fully operational by year end.

Read the full Next City roundup here.

When art fought the law in Cincinnati and art won

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Contemporary Arts Center's Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, The Perfect Moment, that resulted in obscenity charges against the CAC and its director, Dennis Barrie, and ultimately their exoneration by a Hamilton County jury. Smithsonian Magazine does a good job recapping the 1990 events and trying to explain how Cincinnati — the arts community and the city in general — has evolved since then.

Writer Alex Palmer interviews Barrie and his lead defense attorney, Lou Sirkin, to provide memories of the 1990 events as well as current CAC Director Raphaela Platow and Curator Steven Matijcio for "what does it mean today" context.
"The case has left a positive legacy for the CAC, and for Barrie, who went on to help defend offensive song lyrics at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum," Palmer writes. "'People see the CAC as a champion of the arts,' says Matijcio. 'We're still always trying to be challenging and topical, to draw on work that's relevant and of the moment.'"

The CAC commemorates the 25th anniversary with a series of programs and exhibitions, starting with a "Mapplethorpe + 25" symposium Oct. 23-24.

Read the full Smithsonian Magazine story here.

Jeff Ruby's named best steakhouse in Ohio

Business Insider magazine has collaborated with Foursquare to identify the top steakhouses in every state based on what Foursquare-savvy diners think. The restaurants were chosen using an algorithm that considers likes, saves, shares and tip sentiment, among other Foursquare user information.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse downtown was chosen as the best in Ohio.
"The elegant decor at Jeff Ruby's recalls a French Art Deco steakhouse, circa 1940s Manhattan," the magazine writes, adding that it's "popular among celebrities, athletes and politicians."

Read the full list of top steakhouses in all 50 states here.

Cincinnati is recapturing and redefining its dining legacy

Cincinnati native Keith Pandolfi makes a convincing argument that Cincinnati is and should be recognized as the next big food city in the U.S.

Writing in Savuer ("a magazine for people who experience the world through food first"), he fills its "Where I'm From" column with memories of great local restaurants from his youth (Pigall's, The Maisonette, The Gourmet Room, The Precinct) and a first-person journey through the city's current high-profile dining spots.

"But Cincinnati is recapturing something," Pandolfi writes, "and while it’s a little different — a little less formal — than the opulent dining scene of its past, it’s definitely something worth checking out the next time a magazine article lures you to Louisville." He bristles at "other midsize cities like Nashville, Pittsburgh and Asheville, all deserving in their own ways, being called the next big food city when hardly anyone says that about Cincinnati."

Read the full Saveur article here.

How Cincinnati nailed the All Star Game

After a solid year of planning and publicity, the 2015 All Star Game has come and gone. What were the main impressions Cincinnati left on the MLB players and officials, the visitors and the media? Will there be any long-term benefits? And what did we residents ultimately get out of the experience?

It'll take months if not years to sort out the benefits, but two things are clear the day after the game: Cincinnati did a masterful job of planning and hosting the All Star Game, and we really lucked out with the weather. Every major outdoor event went off as planned, and even a last-minute replacement headliner for the free concert at Paul Brown Stadium turned lemons into lemonade.

Local organizers were surely dying a thousand deaths during Monday's and Tuesday's storms, but the Cincinnati presented during national TV segments was sunny, balmy and happy.

Here's a roundup of day-after media coverage:

8 ways Cincinnati rocked the All Star Game (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Fans, visitors impressed with Cincinnati's show (WVXU-FM)

All Star players impressed with Cincinnati and events (Local 12)

Cincinnati's All Star festivities a home run for visitors, locals (Business Courier)

9 lessons Cincinnati learned from the All Star Game (WCPO.com)

Alisha Perkins: I was fully prepared to not like Cincinnati, but I kind of fell in love with this place (Huffington Post)

Pete Rose drama plays out on baseball's biggest stage (New York Times)

MLB.com highlights Cincinnati's attractions for All Star Game visitors

Now come the national media stories highlighting Cincinnati's restaurants, bars, arts & culture, museums and general urban renaissance to provide All Star Game visitors with a well-rounded picture of what to expect during their time here. Leading off is Major League Baseball itself, going for a home run overview of Cincinnati attractions along with Skyline, Graeter's and Montgomery Inn ribs.

"Seemingly in a renaissance for progress and development, it feels like the perfect summer for Cincinnati to be hosting the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile," the MLB.com article opens. "A lot has changed since 1988, when the city last hosted the Midsummer Classic. Cincinnati was known then (and now) for being a baseball town with its own unique style of chili. Today, it has a chance to be recognized for much more."

Read the full MLB.com article here.

Beer and baseball traditions make Cincinnati a "fun Midwest destination"

The New York Daily News has a new travel piece focusing on Cincinnati's beer brewing and baseball traditions, mixed with first-person impressions of riverfront development on both sides of the Ohio, downtown hotel and restaurant options and the renaissance in Over-the-Rhine.

"To a degree Cincinnati can't help but channel its past," J.P. Hoornstra writes. "The centralized downtown neighborhood known as Over-the-Rhine claims to be the largest urban historic district in the country, densely packed with 19th-century brick buildings built in the Italianate style. The neighborhood shows its age but is also increasingly livable, walkable and shop-able.

"Shopping in historic buildings is fun, but not always the substance of a vacation. What sets Cincinnati apart is how it's rallied around its baseball, beer and old buildings, creating a unique urban Midwest destination."

Read the full New York Daily News story here.

3CDC, CDF awarded $87 million in federal tax credits

Cincinnati's two premier nonprofit economic development organizations, 3CDC and Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF), have received federal New Market Tax Credits totaling more than $87 million, the Business Courier reported June 15. The announcement comes a year after neither received them, a big disappointment that temporarily slowed their respective investment plans.

3CDC, through its Cincinnati New Markets Fund, was awarded $45 million and CDF $42.35 million.

"The tax credits help plug gaps in financing for difficult projects located in areas from which private developers shy away," the Business Courier article says.

Upcoming 3CDC projects that might utilize the tax credits include housing and retail on Race Street and additional food/drink options in Over-the-Rhine as well as Memorial Hall, Music Hall and Ziegler Park renovations. Cincinnati Development Fund likely will invest in additional homeownership projects and could free up additional funds for its new facilities and equipment loan program for nonprofits.

Read the full Business Courier story here.

Memorial Day weekend event recommendations

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, featuring Taste of Cincinnati returning for the 37th year and lots of neighborhood parades, picnics and ceremonies honoring military veterans. Here's a roundup of local media coverage and recommendations:

Read the official 2015 Taste of Cincinnati event guide here.

The Enquirer's preview of Taste of Cincinnati, including Polly Campbell's recommended dishes, is here.

WCPO.com's preview of Taste of Cincinnati is here.

WVXU-FM has an interview with Taste of Cincinnati Communications Director Rich Walburg and others here.

See CityBeat's "to do" staff picks for weekend activities here.

Rasputin Todd's Enquirer recommendations for weekend things to do are here.

Dreaming again of a downtown grocery store

Cleveland recently opened its first downtown supermarket in modern times courtesy of the regional Heinen's chain. The two most remarkable aspects of the new store are that 1) Heinen's is a suburban grocery operator with 21 other stores in northeastern Ohio and the Chicago area and 2) the company spent $10 million of its own money to renovate the 100-year-old Cleveland Trust Rotunda building.

Supporters of Cleveland's urban renaissance are still pinching themselves over the transformation.

"We have become so accustomed to stepping into unattractive and cheaply built big box stores that the idea of shopping as anything other than drudgery has all but vanished," Erin O'Brien writes in Freshwater, Soapbox's sister publication in Cleveland. "They want our money; we need their stuff. Transaction complete.

"Not so at the new Heinen's. This family is glad you're here. These people respect you before you've spent a single dime. They know you are worthy of this beautiful space and so is their grocery business. After all, they spent $10 million to deliver it unto Cleveland in all of its stunning glory."

Next City ran a national story last week about the gamble the family-owned Heinen's organization took to open a downtown store and, given the family's deep roots in Cleveland, why the company's leaders thought the risk was justified.

"The conventional wisdom is that a grocery store needs 20, 25,000 people to be feasible," co-owner Jeff Heinen says to Next City. "There are about 13,000 people in this core area of Cleveland right now. Because there are not enough residents living in that area (to meet that standard minimum), we needed to design a store that appeals to a variety of needs. ...

"We might actually get to 20,000 people, but that's a bet. And not one you can say, 'Oh, this should only take 12 more months. We're talking about four or five more years.' ... From our perspective, hoping to continue the momentum of both people and businesses wanting to be downtown is important to us as a Cleveland company who needs Cleveland to be a viable city going forward."

A hometown grocery chain known for suburban stores opening a signature downtown supermarket in a major Ohio city, investing its own money to help support and boost the urban core's redevelopment with an eye toward long-term success for the city? What a concept!

Cincinnati can continue to dream, of course.

Read the Freshwater Cleveland story here and the Next City story here.

Tolls on the rise as highway funding dries up

With shortfalls in federal transportation spending and the Highway Trust Fund, the Brookings Institution's Robert Puentes says that states and localities are exploring more tolls to support new capacity and other ongoing improvements.

"In 2013, for instance, tolls covered about 5,400 miles across all interstate and non-interstate roadways nationally, a 15.1 percent jump since 2003," he writes. "Toll roads have expanded their mileage by nearly 350 miles, or 7 percent, since 2011 alone. By comparison, total system mileage has grown by only 3.6 percent over the past decade."

Which leads us, as always, to stalled discussions over replacing the Brent Spence Bridge — where tolls seem to be an inevitability except to the Kentucky legislators who control the project.

Cincinnati Magazine partnered with UC's Niehoff Urban Studio recently to look at the future of transportation, including an interesting option to build the new highway bridge west of Longworth Hall (see rendering above).

Read the full Brookings article here.

Columbus firefighters to fill shifts here so Cincinnati staff can attend funeral

"Columbus brethren to help Cincinnati firefighters during funeral" says the Columbus Dispatch headline, describing a touching tribute within the brotherhood of firefighters grieving the death of Cincinnati Fire Dept.'s Daryl Gordon last week.

As many as 126 Columbus firefighters will travel here tomorrow to fill regular shifts in the city as Cincinnati Fire Dept. personnel attend Gordon's funeral at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown. All are donating off-duty time to allow Cincinnati firefighters to honor their colleague.

Read the full story here.

Constella Festival is "challenging the misconceptions of classical music"

Cincinnati's annual Constella Festival of Music & Fine Arts is called "the festival that's challenging the misconceptions of classical music" in a preview article published in Huffington Post's Arts & Culture section.

In December Soapbox wrote about founder Tatiana Berman's efforts to expand Constella's reach by employing more digital promotions that "target audiences nationally to come to Cincinnati." This Huffington Post piece will certainly help with her goal.

"Unlike the standard classical music circuit — characterized by what Berman's team describes as the 100 concert a year demanding schedule — Constella seeks to, in essence, maintain the intimacy of classical music, but encourage the experimentation and chance-taking," the article says.

The Constella Festival runs April 8-19 at Memorial Hall, Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati Art Museum, SCPA and several other venues. Get festival details and buy tickets here.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

New York Times: "Downtown Cincinnati Thrives"

The Feb. 25 issue of The New York Times carries a glowing report, "Downtown Cincinnati Thrives as Riots' Memories Recede," in its real estate section. Read the full article online here.

Times writer Keith Schneider focuses on the high-profile downtown development projects we're familiar with — General Electric's new operations center on The Banks, Dunnhumby's new headquarters building at Fifth and Race, 3CDC's work at Fountain Square and in Over-the-Rhine — to describe Cincinnati as coming a long way since the 2001 riots. Nice photos by Mark Lyons, too.


Choremonster, Lisnr make list of Upstart 100 driving the "new economy"

The CEOs of two Cincinnati startups — Chris Bergman of Choremoster and Rodney Williams of Lisnr — are featured in Upstart 100, a list of "the inventors, visionaries, masters and more driving the new economy" as proclaimed by Upstart Business Journal, a national online publication owned by Cincinnati Business Courier's parent company.

Other figures named to the list include Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Steve Case, Jay Z and Taylor Swift, so the local entrepreneurs are in excellent company.

Read the full list and accompanying editor's note here.


Tech startup funding is "no problem" in Cincinnati

Huffington Post blogger Jason Grill gives big props to Cincinnati's startup scene, saying we now rival Kansas City as his pick for America's most entrepreneurial city.

"The words startup, technology and funding are creeping into the every day vocabulary in the Queen City," Grill writes. "Cincinnati lays claim to a growing and vibrant startup ecosystem. Much of this success is due to what we are seeing across the United States with fewer barriers to entry, but the main part of Cincinnati's success is due in large part to the venture funding access in the city."

Grill goes on to credit CincyTech and Cintrifuse for leading the recent charge here. Bottom line, he says: "Cincinnati is relevant in the startup world."

Read the full blog post here.

Cincinnatians among Forbes "30 Under 30" changing the world

Forbes magazine is out with its annual "30 Under 30" list of young folks making a mark and changing the world. This year's list has a total of 600 millennials in 20 different categories (art & style, venture capital, consumer tech, music, etc.) — so 30 people in each.

A number of present and past Cincinnatians have a presence on the lists, many of them running startups developed through The Brandery. Konrad Billetz, CEO of Frameri eyeglass startup in Over-the-Rhine, was named among the leaders in manufacturing & industry, while Mayor John Cranley's director of external affairs, Daniel Rajaiah, made the law & policy list; he heads up Cranley's high-profile Task Force on Immigration. The Business Courier has a roundup of other Cincinnati connections to the lists.

Read the Forbes "30 Under 30" section here.

Cincinnati Streetcar part of $90 billion in transit developments across North America

The Cincinnati Streetcar's $148 million price tag is too high for some and not enough of an investment for others, but one thing's for certain: The project has lots of company across North America. The Transport Politic website published its annual rundown of major transit investments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, saying a total of $90.6 billion will be spent in 2015 on roughly 100 different bus rapid transit, streetcar and light/heavy rail projects. Read more here.

Orchids, Bistro Grace, Red Feather among best U.S. restaurants

Open Table diners have rated three Cincinnati restaurants as among the nation's best in recently released year-end lists.

Orchids at Palm Court downtown at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel has been included in the Top 100 Restaurants in America, the only area dining spot so recognized. According to Open Table, these restaurants represent "the establishments where creativity, consistency and hospitality meet at every meal, every day." See the full list here.

Meanwhile, two fairly new bistros have been named among Open Table's Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America: Bistro Grace in Northside and Red Feather in Oakley. This list "honors the welcoming spots at which diners celebrate both the everyday and the exceptional. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country." See the full list here.


Cincinnati one of 8 candidates for "next Silicon Valley"

Cincinnati is one of eight U.S. cities identified as potential "next Silicon Valleys" in a Huffington Post report on new destinations for "burgeoning techies" that was produced in conjunction with Citi Group. Cincinnati "may not seem like the next tech hub from the outside, but it actually is exactly where major investors are flocking," the piece says. It also touts the work The Brandery has done to lead the startup community here, referencing the glowing 2013 profile of the organization at Entrepreneur.com. Read more here.

Better parking ideas for big cities

Cities can change the "politics of parking" by using new parking meter technology to reinforce community planning concepts and push economic development — from giving residents a discount to earmarking meter revenue for better public services. No specific mention of Cincinnati, but some interesting ideas to chew on. Read more here.

Congress passes bill after Cincinnati push

Cincinnati government affairs guru Chip Gerhardt pushed the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) Act last week, allowing people with disabilities to set up savings accounts with no tax on the earnings, similar to 529 college savings accounts, to cover housing, transportation and other expenses. Speaker of the House John Boehner was an active supporter. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read about Gerhardt's efforts on behalf of his teenage daughter and thousands of others with disabilities here.

The real-life inspiration for the Super Friends' Hall of Justice is in danger

When the Super Friends of the classic 1970s cartoon series gather at the Hall of Justice, Cincinnatians find it eerily familiar—after all, the hideout drew inspiration from the Queen City’s Union Terminal. But now the art deco masterpiece is in need of some super friends itself. Read more.

Check out Cincinnati's new cool

Long known for its industrial past, Cincinnati is getting new life from craft breweries, bold new restaurants and a major neighborhood transformed. Read more.

Japps named one of America's best bourbon bars

The Bourbon Review has named Japps among America’s 60 Best Bourbon Bars. Read more.

Local violin maker wins silver at international violin competition

Damon Gray, a local violin maker, won a Silver Medal for tone at the Violin Society of America’s International competition in September. Read more.

How Cincinnnati's pro-streetcar campaigners won in the end

Ryan Messer and his grassroots group Believe in Cincinnati never took no for an answer. Read more.

Jersey sales skyrocket for Bengals player caring for daughter with cancer

Devon Still was re-signed to the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad after he was cut from the team, allowing him to use the NFL’s health insurance policy for his four-year-old daughter’s cancer treatment. The team announced on Monday night that it would be donating all of the proceeds from sales of Still's No. 75 jersey to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital to support the fight against pediatric cancer, resulting in an outpouring of support. Read more.

A battle cry for hospitality

In Esquire magazine's column The Spill, Cincinnati chef David Falk says down with the frauds, the fame chasing chefs and their edible pond scum dioramas. We need craveable food served with human empathy. Read more.

A power surge in the rust belt

General Electric Co. is about to strengthen its ties to downtown Cincinnati in the latest sign that urban centers in the Rust Belt are becoming more attractive to U.S. corporations. Read more.

General Electric's Generic Building

Will money trump quality in the review of the proposed GE office building in Cincinnati? Read what Architect Magazine has to say.

Style across America: Touching down in Cincinnati

This spring, the editors of Esquire set off on a cross-country journey to discover the best of what the United States has to offer. From style to food and drink and other distinctly American oddities, they scoured this land by car from New York to L.A. Here's a sampling of what they encountered on their journey from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati. 

5 cities with up-and-coming downtowns

Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher tells you about five cities across America going through urban renaissances.

Ever true to you, local parlor

In a New York Times article devoted to ice cream, hometown favorites Graeter's and Aglamesis Brothers get the sweet treatment. Read more.


Two Cincinnati landmarks among most endangered in US

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2014 list, which lists the country’s most endangered historic places, was released last week. For the first time, the list includes two sites from the same city—Cincinnati—where it recognizes the Art Deco Union Terminal and Music Hall as buildings in need of large-scale restorations. Read more.

An architecture-lover's road trip

Some of the best modernist and contemporary buildings in the world are clustered in the Midwest along a route from Cleveland to Chicago, including a stop in Cincinnati. Read more.

Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth

Minority business accelerators have launched in a handful of metropolitan areas in recent years as local businesses, chambers of commerce and economic development groups work to create more jobs and improve the quality of life in their regions. The Cincinnati accelerator, created by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in 2003, has inspired officials and business people in the Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C., and Newark, N.J. areas to start similar programs. Read more.

Nada expanding to Columbus

Popular Mexican restaurant Nada is expanding to Columbus. The new location will land at 240 West Nationwide Boulevard, inside the new Columbia Gas HQ Building that is currently under construction. Read more.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.

Read full story here.

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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? 

Read the full story here.

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.

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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.

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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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.
Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.
Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read full article here.

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.

Read full article here.

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.

Read the full release here.

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.

To read the full story, click here.

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.

Read the blog post here.

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

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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 Access Alliance hopes to raise the number of CPS graduates attending college up to the national average of 57 percent within five years.

Currently, about 47 percent of CPS graduates proceed to college immediately following graduation.

Strive, a subsidiary of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, is a coalition of community leaders working to promote student success.

Read the full article here.

Observatory Group, P&G partner on software

Cincinnati branding firm Observatory Group is partnering with Procter & Gamble to develop a software program that will make innovation easier, and a prototype was scheduled to be delivered yesterday.

According to the Business Courier, the Technology Evaluation Application Mobile (TEAM) software will allow P&G's general mailbox to use message content to direct messages from scientists, inventors and others to the proper person or department.

The software is expected to speed up the innovation process by ensuring that new ideas don't languish in inboxes.

For the past eight years, P&G has been actively soliciting external partnerships and collaborations through its Connect & Develop program.

Read the full article here.

P&G takes innovation a step beyond co-branding with new Tide, Downy lines

Procter & Gamble is creating a new sub-brand for its Tide and Downy product lines that borrow ingredients from its beauty care lines that will result in clothes that stay fresh looking after 50 washes.

While P&G has co-branded in the past by adding Febreze to both of these products, they have taken a much larger step by marrying two of its largest business units - a move that's organizationally difficult given their sheer size.

Kash Shaikh, a rep for P&G, tells Brandweek that "this is really the first time we've embraced this idea of elevating the category from fabric care to fashion care."

P&G plans to spend $60 million on an advertising campaign for both products, compared to a total of $180 million on both brands in 2007.

Read the full article here.

Thompson Hine establishes Climate Change and Sustainable Business Solutions group

Business law firm Thompson Hine has established a Climate Change and Sustainable Business Solutions group to help companies cope with the challenges faced when tackling environmental issues.

Steve Axtell, co-leader of the group, tells BusinessWire that the team is staying on top of current and expected legislation, and stands ready to help its clients stay abreast of new developments and opportunities.

Because climate change is such a complex policy area, the group is made up of people from a variety of legal disciplines, including environmental, energy, transportation, finance, intellectual property, trade, real estate, construction, and corporate law.

The group already has begun advising power producers, manufacturers, municipalities, colleges and universities.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati Bell launches Fusion WiFi, ad campaign

An ad campaign featuring Nick Lachey began last week, announcing the launch of Cincinnati Bell's Fusion WiFi and the Unlimited Everything Family Pak.

Building upon a converged wireless and WiFi service lauched a year ago, Fusion WiFi combines wireless and WiFi technology to provide high download speeds and outstanding in-building reception.

The Unlimited Everything Family Pak offers unlimited wireless voice, text and data in a shared rate plan for just $65 per person when bundled with home phone and ZoomTown high-speed Internet service.

The advertising campaign, which includes print, radio, television, online and cinema spots, was created by Cincinnati-based WonderGroup.

Read the full release here.

Growing Cincinnati beats trend

U.S. Census estimates released last week show that Cincinnati gained 826 residents in 2007, beating the trend of population losses suffered by most Ohio metropolitan areas.

Cincinnati had an estimated 332,458 residents last year, the third straight year that the city's estimated population has increased.

Mayor Mark Mallory will likely challenge the numbers, citing a 2007 Social Compact study that estimated a city population of 378,000.

Columbus was the only other large city in Ohio to gain population.

Read the full article here.

P&G making forecasting more effective

Lessening customer loyalty and increased global competition are making forecasting and planning more important that ever, and companies such as Procter & Gamble are finding that collaboration is key.

For example, P&G uses a scorecard that looks at on-time deliveries and the number of times a store runs out of a product.

But meeting company goals requires P&G not only to review these metrics, but also to work together among its various departments, suppliers and vendors to make sure that joint goals are being met.

Through these collaborations, the company has found that it can increase revenues throughout the supply chain.

Read the full article here.

Free-college programs multiply

As cities try to emulate Kalamazoo's success with its free college tuition program, Strive is working to put together its own program locally.

Financing for such a program is the main obstacle to Strive's effort.

Kalamazoo's program, called Kalamazoo Promise, began in 2005 with a gift from anonymous donors that guaranteed graduates of the city's public school system free tuition to any college or university in the state of Michigan.

About a dozen cities, including Pittsburgh and Denver, have already launched similar programs, and, recently, officials from 82 cities visited Kalamazoo to discuss how to adapt the concept.

Read the full article here.

Occupying idle teen hands

Like Cincinnati, many cities across the country are trying to prevent the volatile mix of teen boredom and hot temperatures by implementing summer jobs programs.

Cincinnati's April job fair brought together 125 employers with 2,500 applicants, but, according to U.S. News and World Report, Mayor Mark Mallory is unsure how many of those contacts led to jobs.

The Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University forecasts that summer teen employment will not rise above 34 percent, the worst jobless rate for teens in 61 years.

To help boost teens' opportunities, more than 140 mayors have signed a letter to Congress asking it to pass a $1 billion authorization bill for youth activities, but support in Washington has been weak.

Read the full article here.

AIA report looks at Cincinnati's 100 percent green building exemption

A new report released by the American Institute of Architects looks at the 12 best green building incentives by state and local governments, which includes the City of Cincinnati's tax exemption. According to Interior Design, Local Leaders in Sustainability - Green Incentives highlights the challenges in creating and maintaining incentive programs and examines their effectiveness.

Some of the best incentives included tax reductions, expedited permits, and allowances for additional building height. Cincinnati's program provides a 100 percent property tax exemption for 15 years for new LEED-certified buildings and 10 years for LEED renovations for residential buildings valued up to $500,000.

Read the full article here.

DCI launches $1M marketing campaign

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) has launched a $1 million advertising campaign targeted at people with an "urban mindset" who live in the region. "Life Happens Here. Downtown." will launch July 14 and will include radio, newspaper, magazine and online ads, as well as a coupon-based direct mail program. DCI hopes to target both young professionals and empty-nesters who live within 20 minutes of downtown.

DCI teamed with Focus/FGW and branding firm Deskey to produce the campaign.

Read the full article here.

Chiquita upbeat about progress

Chiquita Brands International has continued to post stronger performance since the end of 2006, and CEO Fernando Aguirre says that the company is making progress on profitability and sustained growth. Streamlining of the organization has been successful in cutting costs and improving efficiency. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Aguirre says that, due to customer demand, the company plans to develop long-term opportunities in healthier foods.

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Ohio to partner with Macy's to promote multicultural travel

The Ohio Tourism Division is partnering with the Macy's Music Festival, the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network and the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote "Livin' for the Weekend", its new multicultural marketing campaign. The festival will be promoted through radio advertisements, Internet sites, and events guides that will be inserted into minority newspapers throughout Ohio and surrounding states. The marketing campaign, created by Singleton & Partners, is targeted to potential African-American and Hispanic visitors.

"Our partnership with Macy's Music Festival and the Cincinnati Regional Tourism Network is a great opportunity for us to reach minority leisure travelers who are motivated to travel for events," assistant state tourism director and former Cincinnati City Councilmember Alicia Reece says in a media release.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati program part of $300M initiative to reform healthcare

Greater Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality is among fourteen community-based programs around the country to take part in a $300 million initiative to spearhead health quality reforms through regional collaboratives.

The investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comes following a national report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice showing serious deficiencies in the quality of U.S. health care.

As the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken by a U.S. philanthropic organization, the initiative will help physicians improve quality of care, give patients better information that will let them manage their own health, improve care within hospitals, and reduce inequalities in care for people of different races and ethnicities.

Over the next three years, the foundation will provide Greater Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality with more than $1 million, expertise, technical assistance and training.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati CFOs forecast increase in 3Q hiring

The Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index is forecasting increased hiring of full-time accounting and finance professionals in the Cincinnati area during the third quarter of 2008.

The forecasted 3 percent increase is up one point from the second quarter forecast and three points above the national average.

The Robert Half Index, which has been in operation since 1992, is a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a random sample of companies in the Cincinnati area.

Read the full release here.

Hamilton County municipalities meet for Green Development Summit

Leaders from Hamilton County's cities, villages and townships came together for a Green Development Summit last week to learn how they can work together to save the environment.

According to assistant Hamilton County administrator Jeff Aluotto, the event explored the ways in which the 48 different political subdivisions could put together an action plan for reducing greenhouse gases and lowering energy use, all while saving taxpayer money.

The summit is part of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an international association of local governments committed to sustainable development.

The next step will be forming a volunteer committee to share ideas on what other communities are doing.

Read the full article here.

Local start-ups growing

Nearly a dozen local companies received money from venture capital funds last year, showing that the market for start-ups is the best it's been in years.

CincyTechUSA, southwest Ohio's start-up incubator, has $22.5 million in funds to spend over the next 3 to 4 years, which it plans to use to grow companies just large enough that they will catch a venture capitalist's eye.

"We need to be better at transferring technology to the market from our local research institutions, and we need to get these limited partnerships and funds more engaged in the process," Mark Richey of venture-capital fund Draper Triangle Ventures tells the Cincinnati Enquirer.  "That will create even more capital flowing through here, and more companies will start, and we'll have a pretty vibrant place."

The state as a whole is gaining in venture-capital receipts, up to 20th nationally in 2007 ($170.6M) from 28th in 2006 ($43.5M).

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African-American Chamber teaming with State of Ohio on minority business development

The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) has announced that it will team up with the Greater Cincinnati African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Akron Urban League to expand the state's support of the minority business community.

Both agencies will partner with ODOD's Minority Business Enterprise Division to facilitate training, networking and mentoring opportunities and to ensure that Ohio's minority-owned businesses have the assistance needed to be productive and profitable.

The Cincinnati African-American Chamber will receive $150,000 in grant funding for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 for oversight and staff assistance related to their mission of minority business growth.

They will also work to market the products and services of the Minority Business Enterprise Division to their membership and community.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati escapes major home market downfalls

Cincinnati's steady and diversified economy has helped it weather the ups and downs of industry slumps and rampant real estate speculation.

"The benefit of the Cincinnati market always has been that we have a very steady economy," Karen Schlosser of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors tells USA Today.

While the region has had its share of foreclosures and has seen the effects of an economic slowdown, it hasn't seen significant job losses. Schlosser says that this has been a benefit to home buyers - prices have remained favorable, buyers have a wide selection from which to choose, and interest rates are low.

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What's good in Cincinnati?

While the local media is largely responsible for cultivating negative opinions among Cincinnatians, every now and then they produce a story that provides some perspective.

Last week, WCPO's Tanya O'Rourke reported on the many positive things going on throughout the region - everything from the redeveloped Fountain Square, to The Banks, and to downtown's tallest new building which is soon to break ground as well as our major league and college sports, our diverse shopping options, world-class arts institutions and our concentration of Fortune 500 companies.

"I think we have been our own worst enemy for the past 10, 15, 20 years, maybe more," Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tells WCPO. "But it's changed, and we aren't speaking that language any more, and good riddance to it!"

Read the full article here.

Convergys acquires Visage Mobile's Subscriber Management business

San Francisco-based Visage Mobile, a leading provider of mobility and subscriber management solutions, has agreed to sell its Subscriber Management business to Convergys Corporation.

According to the release, Visage will use the proceeds to develop their new MobilityCentral service, an on-demand software solution launched in April that allows businesses to monitor and manage their portfolio of mobility assets and related services.

Visage has partnered with Convergys since its founding.

Read the full release here.

Lily Pad launches Wi-Fi in Lytle Park

Project Lily Pad has activated a Wi-Fi hotspot in Lytle Park, its 15th location in downtown Cincinnati.

Western & Southern Financial Group subsidiary Eagle Realty Group, which is headquartered in the nearby Guilford School building, is sponsoring the hotspot.

The non-profit Project Lily Pad has launched more than 30 free Wi-Fi hotspots in Greater Cincinnati, including sites at the airport, Fountain Square, Findlay Market, and the entire Cincinnati riverfront.

Read the full article here.

DCI reports on downtown Cincinnati progress

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. reports $110 million in completed construction and renovation projects and $243 million in the pipeline in its most recent "State of Downtown" report.

The report also says that more than 100 new and renovated housing units came on line, bringing the population in and around downtown to more than 8,000.

According to the report, available retail space is at a five-year low as 26 retail/restaurant venues have moved into the neighborhood.

Read the full article here.

CPS on the upswing

The quality of public schools is often cited as one of top reasons for peoples' aversion to urban living, but three recent articles could change some local attitudes.

Last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that enrollment projections for the completion of the $1 billion Cincinnati Public Schools facilities master plan were too low, with nine completed buildings already overcrowded and 16 future buildings already projected to be over capacity.

This comes as the district has announced that an "effective" rating, the second-highest of five possible ratings, is within reach this year.

And just last week, the district announced a partnership with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to use $600,000 in state funding to open a science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) high school at Hughes Center for the 2009-2010 school year.

Don't just create new stuff: Innovate!

Companies that are able to integrate innovation can transform their business and make a great difference, according the new book The Game-Changer by A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan.

By studying several famous companies, Lafley and Charan have observed that creating a culture of innovation in the workplace will cause innovation to permeate all business functions.

As an example, Procter & Gamble tries to understand their customers as people - their "Living It" program has employees living with customer families for several weeks to see how they use products, while "Working It" puts employees behind the counter to discover what customers are buying and why.

However, innovation does not in itself ensure success.

"Generating ideas is ... pointless unless there is a repeatable process in place to turn inspiration into financial performance," write the authors.

Read the full article here.

Nine Greater Cincinnati firms make Fortune 500

Fortune Magazine's 2008 rankings show Greater Cincinnati with nine Fortune 500 companies, with seven more making the Fortune 1000.

The top 100 companies includes Procter & Gamble, the Kroger Company, and Macy's Inc.

Also in the Fortune 500 are Fifth Third Bancorp, Ashland Inc., AK Steel Holdings, Omnicare Inc., Western & Southern Financial Group, and Chiquita Brands International, Inc.

The region also had 16 Fortune 1000 companies on the 2007 list.

Read the full article here.
See the full Fortune 1000 on the CNN Money website.

Kroger taps ex-Goya executive to lead multicultural biz

The Kroger Company has hired ex-Goya Foods executive Angel Colon to head its newly-created multicultural business development position at its Cincinnati headquarters.

In Progressive Grocer, Kroger's executive vice president of merchandising says that, "In his new role, Angel will help us improve our efforts in this important area [connecting with a broad range of customers] as we develop even better ways to tailor products and services for our customers."

Colon previously held leadership positions in sales and ethnic marketing for Goya Foods and The Kellogg Company, leading Hispanic and African American promotion efforts.

Kroger operates 2,486 supermarkets in 31 states.

Read the full article here.

HOK-designed office tower will be iconic landmark

Following approval by Cincinnati's Urban Design Review Board, the Great American Building at Queen City Square is one step closer to reality.

Designed by HOK, the 41-story, 800,000-square-foot tower will be the city's tallest building when completed in 2011.

In a media release, HOK founding partner Gyo Obata says that the building, with its unique tiara, will "serve as an instantly recognizable beacon to the city".

"There isn't another building in the world that resembles this," Obata says.

Western & Southern Financial Group subsidiary Eagle Realty Group is developing the tower and American Financial Group, Inc. has been named as the anchor tenant.

Read the full release here.

AG Lafley: A giant winner in the battle of consumer brands

AG Lafley may be a bit more laid back than the average corporate boss, but that doesn't mean that he's not a man of vision.

The Independent profiles a day in the life of the Procter & Gamble chairman and CEO as he addresses the Newspaper Association of America in Washington, DC, jets to Boston to discuss brands with Gillette, promotes his new book to Harvard Management, and attends a Harvard University recruitment event.

Lafley shocked industry analysts with his $54 billion takeover of Gillette in 2005, a move of such grand scale that many worried that both companies would be destabilized.

With the takeover now considered a positive boost to P&G's growth, Lafley has channeled his new-found profile into a new book about innovation called The Game Changer, co-written with management guru Ram Charan.

"We want to partner with innovators outside of the company, from anywhere, from a garage, from a research laboratory, from a university, from our suppliers and customers, even from our competitors, to create new brands and product lines that delight consumers and create revenue and profits," Lafley tells the Independent.  "Last year, for the first time, fully half the new products we brought to market had one or more outside innovation partners, and we think we can continue to increase that."

Read the full article here.

The Design Oasis of Cincinnati

According to AIArchitect, Cincinnati has become an ideal incubator for high-profile architects.

From the University of Cincinnati's assembly of contemporary Deconstructivist architecture, Zaha Hadid's Contemporary Arts Center and Daniel Libeskind's Ascent at Roebling Bridge, the city is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of modern architecture.

Zach Mortice writes that its common these days for international stars to try new ideas in cities such as Cincinnati, Minneapolis, or Kansas City before heading to the coasts.

This is a perfect arrangement, because Sue Ann Painter, executive director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, says that Midwestern civic leaders have always looked to international capitals for inspiration on how to build their cities.

Read the full article here.

CAC shines like bold, post-modern beacon

The Contemporary Arts Center's building is as much a reason to visit as the art it houses, according to the Indianapolis Star.

In the newspaper's Sunday travel column, Matt Gonzales admires the cantilevered facade and the "urban carpet" that architect Zaha Hadid included in the building's lobby.

Three temporary exhibitions are nearing the end of their runs: "Space is the Place", featuring paintings, sculpture, and photographs relating to space exploration; "LeWitt x 2", a tribute to conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and "Daniel Libeskind", an exploration of four of the architect's recent projects.

Gonzales also recommends visiting the Cincinnati Museum Center's "Freedom's Sisters" interactive exhibit.

Read the full article here.

3 Doors Down shoots video in Cincinnati

3 Doors Down shot their latest music video in parts of Cincinnati last week, and you'll be able to see it by the end of the month.

Parts of the video were shot in Ault Park, Over-the-Rhine, Fountain Square and by the Eighth Street Viaduct.

According to WLWT, video director Shaun Silva says that not only does the city offer a diverse range of backdrops, but there is less red tape to go through to get permits.

He says that the Cincinnati Film Commission expedited their permits, having them available in a couple of weeks.

3 Doors Down has sold more than 13 million albums.

Read the full article here.
See the video on YouTube here.

Cincinnati metro population now larger than Cleveland's

According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 15-county Greater Cincinnati region's population has topped that of the Cleveland metropolitan area.

The Cincinnati metro gained 12,500 in the last two years to rise to 2,133,678, placing 24th nationally.

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor lost 8,808 people and fell into 25th place.

The Enquirer reports that Doug Moorman, vice president of economic development of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, says that the increase in population could help the region recruit more businesses due to a larger work force pool.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati Bell adopting virtual desktops for employees, customers

Rather than upgrading hundreds of PCs running Windows 2000, Cincinnati Bell has turned to the use of virtual desktops for its employees.

InformationWeek reports that the company is in the process of converting one-quarter of their 3,300 white-collar employees' systems to VMware Infrastructure 3 and Sun Microsystems Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Jeff Harvey, senior business consultant and project leader at Cincinnati Bell, says that the upgrade is being done because the company is approaching "the end of life support for Windows 2000", and virtual desktops are the most cost-effective option.

Using the knowledge and experience it has gained in-house, the company recently has started offering desktop virtual machines - managed by Cincinnati Bell - to its customers.

Read the full article here.

Big plans mark State of City

In front of an audience of nearly 600, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory delivered his annual State of the City address in which he addressed the issues of public safety, jobs and economic development, neighborhood revitalization and public transportation.

The News Record reports that Mallory said that for the city to achieve the goals of the GO Cincinnati initiative, it must work harder to attract and retain young professionals.

To help strengthen the bond between Cincinnati and the young, he promised to work with city council to fund a co-op program between the University of Cincinnati and the city and has put his support behind a Downtown to Uptown streetcar connection.

Read the full article here.

Carter, Dawson near deadline for $907M Banks project

The City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have extended until February 29 a deadline for Carter & Associates and the Dawson Company to assemble a financing package for the first phase of the Banks project.

Private investment is expected to be between $600 million and $800 million, with $109 million in public funds.

According to the article, a representative with Carter told Globest.com that the development team is halfway to its goal.

Read the full article here.
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