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Fiona: A social media superstar

Fiona the hippo is now a household name, thanks in part to the communications team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which kept followers up-to-date on the premature baby hippo's progress through social media.

Her story is everywhere, and fans the world over come to Cincinnati just to catch a glimpse of her bobbing in the water at Hippo Cove.

Fiona's story has inspired a local brewery and T-shirt company; a seven-episode Facebook series; a limted-edition ice cream flavor; countless mentions in national news; and an entire nation. Next year, Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, is releasing a children's book called "Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

“People tell us all the time that Fiona is something everyone can agree on,” says Amy LaBarbara, the zoo’s coordinator for marketing and events. “We have heard from countless people online that Fiona has been uniting the United States. We hear from people going through chemo that tell us she is the only bright spot in their day.”

Read more about our local superstar here.


Carabello Coffee voted best local coffee shop in Kentucky

Buying local is becoming an ever more regular part of daily life. Citizens are looking to buy locally grown produce and locally made goods, and eat and drink at locally owned establishments. Mic.com, with the help of Yelp, rounded up the best local coffee shop in each state, and Newport's own Carabello Coffee came out on top in Kentucky.

The philanthropic craft coffee roaster serves responsibly sourced coffee from the world's leading coffee-producing countries. Justin and Emily Carabello have personal relationships with each farmer, and they donate proceeds directly back to those farmers, and to organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The pair recently expanded their venture, and now have a craft analog coffee bar for true coffee geeks, as well as a cute little cafe where you can sip a hot drink and have a conversation, work or people watch.

Discover the other 49 top local coffee shops in the country here.

Cincinnati redevelopment efforts serve as example for Springfield leaders

Leaders in Springfield, Ohio, are looking to redevelopment efforts in Cincinnati to jumpstart its own revitalization. One of the biggest takeaways is that organizations like SpringForward and the Turner Foundation need to work together, or redevelopment efforts will fall short.

SpringForward, a new nonprofit in Springfield, is targeting the redevelopment of existing properties downtown to attract new businesses and investments.

Since 2009, more than $320 million has been invested in Springfield, from projects like the $275 million Springfield Regional Medical Center, the NTPRD Chiller ice arena, Veteran’s Bridge Streetscape and historic Bushnell Building renovations.

More recently, additional investments are in the works, including the restoration of the McAdams Building, 31 E. High St., which will be turned into 56 market-rate apartments. SpringForward is also working with the city on a potential plan to develop a year-round marketplace at the former Myer’s Market downtown.

Read more about Springfield's plans here.

Report: Streetcar boosting regional access to jobs

A report by Access Across America: Transit ranks Cincinnati first among cities with the greatest increase in job accessibility by transit — and local experts believe that’s thanks in part to the introduction last year of the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar.

General rankings for job accessibility by transit remained unchanged from the previous year, according to research published by the University of Minnesota, but new data comparing changes within each of the 49 largest U.S. metros over one year helped data analysts identify Cincinnati and Charlotte (with increases of 11.23 percent and 11.02 percent, respectively) as growth leaders in that segment.

The top 10 cities with the greatest increases in job accessibility by transit are as follows. (Click links for map view):

1.     Cincinnati (+ 11.23%)
2.     Charlotte (+ 11.02%)

3.     Orlando (+ 10.83%)
4.     Seattle (+ 10.80%)
5.     Providence (+ 10.65%)
6.     Phoenix (+ 7.51%)
7.     Riverside (+ 6.59%)
8.     Milwaukee (+ 6.53%)
9.     Hartford (+ 6.44%)
10.  New Orleans (+ 6.18%)

Get a big-picture look at where Cincy ranks in jobs by transit here.

Cincinnati is the eighth best city to live in if you love beer

In honor of International Stout Day (Nov. 2), Zumper.com evaluated the cities with the best bang for your buck, when it comes to beer.

Rankings were based on the number of breweries and brewpubs per capita, the number of bars per capita, the number of medals won at the Great American Beer Festival since its founding in 1982, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment, the state's beer tax and the average price for a pint of beer.

The results are in, and Cincinnati is the eighth best city in the U.S. to live in if you're an avid beer drinker. Local breweries have won 13 medals at GABF, and on average, beer is about $3.50 a pint. There are also 66 bars per capita, which gives residents a ton of options.

See the full ranking here.

Cincinnati, Hamilton lead the way for startup development

Cincinnati, Columbus and Hamilton have landed themselves on the list of the top 100 cities to start a business in the U.S., according to a new survey from the company How to Start an LLC.

The top five cities in which to launch a startup are New Braunfels, Texas; San Antonio; Jacksonville; Cincinnati; and Arlington, respectively. The states with the most highly-ranked cities are, in order of the amount of cities, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Colorado and Ohio.

Columbus ranks no. 16 and Hamilton ranks no. 28 on the list.

Metrics that factored into the ranking included cost of living, unemployment, university data and the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, which focuses on new business creation activity and people engaging in business startup activity.

To read more about the ranking and see the full list, click here.

Queen City ranked no. 16 for economic growth in country

Cincinnati's booming economic opportunities landed it among 50 cities that restaurant website Yelp is watching in its latest project.

The Queen City ranks no. 16 on Yelp’s list of 50 cities for economic opportunity as part of its new Local Economic Outlook program.

The project was launched to use Yelp’s high volume of data to help businesses succeed and enable policymakers to make effective change to boost their communities. To date, the website has about 135 million users, allowing for a large amount of data to be collected.

On top of the top 50 cities for economic opportunity, Yelp also compiled data on the top 50 most improved neighborhoods for economic opportunity and the 10 most improved business categories for economic opportunity. To see all of the reports, click here.

Cincinnati ranked fourth healthiest city in the U.S.

According to data compiled by Healthgrades Inc., Cincinnati is the fourth healthiest city in the country. It came in just behind the Twin Cities, Denver and Sacramento, and just head of Portland, Baltimore and Milwaukee.

Cincinnati ranks very high in access to high-quality hospitals, and it received grades near the national average for the overall health of its population and the ratio of doctors to the population, but fell short in the risky behaviors ranking.

Healthgrades’ new index is designed to help consumers make healthcare choices in their market. It was created by combining information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2015 survey, the 2015 Association of American Medical Colleges Report and the Healthgrades 2018 hospital quality rankings.

To see how other cities stacked up, click here.

Music Hall renovations set the stage for NYC's Geffen Hall

The New York Philharmonic's performance space, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, is in desperate need of renovations. But it just scrapped a $500 million gut renovation, unlike Cincinnati's Music Hall, which just underwent a $135 million renovation.

On Oct. 6, Music Hall reopened with much pomp and circumstance. The two-year renovation paid off — patrons are now "closer to the music," as the CSO's Louis Langrée put it.

Read the New York Times' article about how Cincy is leading the way for Geffen Hall's proposed transformation.

You can read our full Cincy Sets the Stage series about Music Hall's renovation 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.

Locally founded Crossroads now the fastest-growing church in the U.S.

Crossroads has come a long way since its founding in 1995. It has 10 physical locations in Ohio and Kentucky (including three in Cincinnati and one more on the way), which equates to more than 28,000 parishoners.

Outreach Magazine recently named Crossroads the fastest-growing church in the U.S.; in 2016, its attendance jumped 26 percent. (Also, Crossroads has about 21,000 more members than the no. 2 fastest-growing church.)

To read more about Crossroads and view the other top 10 fastest-growing churches in the country, click here.

The numbers don't lie: Cincinnatians know how to have a good time

According to a recent study from WalletHub, Cincinnati is the 13th most fun of the top 150 largest U.S. cities. The study examined 58 key metrics, including the number of fitness centers per capita to movie costs to the average open hours of breweries.

Here's how Cincinnati ranked in a few of these categories:
  • No. 9: Park playgrounds per capita
  • No. 15: Bar accessibility (have you been to Over-the-Rhine lately?)
  • No. 20: Festivals per capita (Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic, etc.)
  • No. 22: Restaurants per capita
  • No. 24: Average beer price (about $5 a pint)
  • No. 26: Fitness centers per capita
  • No 33: Number of attractions (Findlay Market, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Reds, Bengals, etc.)
  • No. 40: Parkland acres per capita
  • No. 61: Dance clubs per capita
  • No. 75: Movie costs
The full report is available here

Affordability makes Cincy hotbed for tech talent attraction

According to a new report from CBRE Group Inc., Ohio has some of the lowest living expenses in the U.S. for attracting tech talent, with Cincinnati among the leading cities.

The report shows that Cincinnati is the sixth-most affordable tech market in the U.S., with the Midwest home to four of the top six markets. The results are based on the rent-to-tech wage ratio in 50 U.S. cities.

Columbus came in at no. 1 with a ratio of 11.3 percent, followed by Oklahoma City (11.4 percent), St. Louis and San Antonio (12.6 percent each), Indianapolis (12.7 percent) and Cincinnati (13 percent).

Those six cities are also among the top 10 markets for the most affordable apartment rents. New York has the least affordable tech market (35 percent), followed by Long Island and Los Angeles.

To read the full report, click here.


Six area colleges earn nods for nation's best, top business programs

Miami University and the University of Cincinnati once again ranked highly on U.S. News & World Report's list of top colleges.

Miami came in at no. 78, up one spot from last year, and UC came in at no. 133, up two spots from last year.

The study is based on things like retention, graduation rate and how that graduation rate meets U.S. News' own predictions for the school. The next greatest factor are the opinions of college presidents and provosts, as well as high school guidance counselors. It also looks at faculty resources, class size, faculty pay, the percentage of faculty with the highest degrees in their fields, student performance, financial resources and alumni giving.

Miami received an overall score of 55/100, with high marks in retention (91 percent) and graduation rate (78 percent). UC received an overall score of 43/100, with a retention rate of 87 percent and a 67 percent graduation rate.

Three other area schools also received recognition from U.S. News:
  • Xavier ranked no. 5 among regional universities in the Midwest
  • Mount St. Joseph University ranked no. 87 in the Midwest
  • NKU ranked no. 73 among Southern regional universities
  • Thomas More College ranked no. 80 in the South
  • Miami's Farmer School of Business ranked no. 45
  • UC's Lindner School of Business ranked no. 91
  • Xavier's Williams School of Business ranked no. 128
Click here to see the full list.

Kroger launching restaurant concept in NKY store

Kroger is getting ready to launch its first restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883, out of it's Union, Ky., store. The restaurant's menu will feature comfort food with made-from-scratch dishes and a bar with hand-crafted cocktails.

With Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods and inexpensive alternatives like Aldi, this new enterprise is a way for Kroger, which is the largest grocery chain in America, to raise the bar and get ahead of the competition.

Grocery chains owning and operating restaurants isn't a new thing — Hy-Vee is a franchisee owner of 26 Wahlburger locations, making it the largest franchisee of the burger chain.

You can read more about Kroger's restaurant here.
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