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Two Cincinnati-founded startups named best to watch outside of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known as the spot for startups, but other cities, including Cincinnati, are hot on its heels.

The startups that made VentureBeat's list of the top startups to watch in 2018 are ones that have found success by leveraging their strengths in their respective markets. Thanks to an influx of venture capital, promising hires and new customers, they’re set up for success.

Cincinnati-based Lisnr, founded in 2012, develops ultrasonic audio technology that uses inaudible Smart Tones to transmit information. It’s one of few companies experimenting within what it calls “the internet of sound.”

Tilr, another Queen City alum, aims to solve many of the hiring problems exacerbated by Silicon Valley’s tight-knit network. Similar to Blendoor, Tilr is a hiring platform that aims to remove unconscious bias in the hiring process. It's exclusively for on-demand workers and matches applicants with companies based solely on skills, not past job titles.

Read more about the top 10 startups to watch here.

Cincy is top city in Ohio for living an active lifestyle

Cincinnati has many attractions for those wishing to live a more active lifestyle: the Flying Pig Marathon, the Great Ohio River Swim, a number of bicycle clubs and miles and miles of trails.

A new study from WalletHub found that the Queen City is the best city in Ohio for an active lifestyle. WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities on 34 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to bike score to the number of physically inactive adults.

In Ohio, Cincinnati ranked no. 1, but nationally, it came in at no. 39. Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle made ranked in the top five on the list.

Other numbers from the study:

  • Cincinnati (and Cleveland) have some of the most swimming pools per capita
  • Cincinnati was tied for first for the most public golf courses per capita
For more info regarding the study's findings, click here.

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.


Lonely Planet and INTO know the Queen City is a hot travel destination

In case you haven't noticed, Cincinnati is getting a lot of love lately. Travel magazines all over the country are starting to realize that the Queen City is a top travel destination, both for domestic and international visitors. This time, Lonely Planet and INTO are giving our beloved city a shoutout.
  • Lonely Planet’s travel experts scoured the country for the 10 underrated, rejuvenated and out-of-this-world spots to visit in 2018. The list includes natural wonders, captivating coastlines and up-and-coming cities — Cincinnati landed at no. 5.

From Lonely Planet's roundup: "Set among steep hills with the bridge-strewn Ohio River swashing its edge, Cincinnati has always been a looker. Now beer, arts and savvy neighborhood development are giving it some swagger."

  • After hours and hours of research, INTO’s world travelers came up with their must-go travel destinations for 2018. Some unexpected places made the list, as well as some popular, well-known destinations worth revisiting this year, including Cincinnati.

"America’s most talked about city in the throes of a beautiful renaissance. Not only can you sip craft and draught cocktails, and taste awarding-winning (and inventive) food in the trending Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, you can see world-class art at the Contemporary Art Center. The most wonderful part, of course, is the out-of-their-way friendly locals who are thrilled to recommend their favorite haunts." — INTO's website

Follow the links to see the full list of destinations from Lonely Planet and INTO.


Attention beer drinkers: Cincy ranks no. 4 for beer

Even with the closure of two well-loved breweries last year (Ei8ht Ball and Blank Slate), Cincinnatians love their beer. The city recently landed itself at no. 4 on Smart Asset's 2017 list of best cities for beer drinkers.

In each city, Smart Asset looked at the number of microbreweries, the number of microbreweries per 100,000 residents, the number of bars per 100,000 residents, the average Yelp score of breweries and the average price per pint.  

This study states that Cincy has 21 microbreweries, but by our count, it's over 40. Based off the study's findings, there are seven breweries and 24 bars per 100,000 residents. Cincinnati's breweries score an average of 4.19 on Yelp, and the price of a pint is about $4.

In 2016, Cincinnati also ranked in the top 10 of this same study, which goes to show that its craft beer culture is still booming.

See the full ranking here.

Oakley Square's transformation showcases importance of neighborhood greenspace

The businesses on Oakley Square surround a 350-foot linear park, Geier Esplanade, which is in the center of the traffic pattern. This design proved a unique challenge for the redesign, but now, the heart of the neighborhood is more pedestrian-friendly.

Over the years, the esplanade had shrunken to create more space for through traffic, which didn't support the original main street environment. The City of Cincinnati wanted to restore and enhance Oakley's business district, which serves as not only a transportation junction but also the economic and social heart of the neighborhood.

Pedestrian safety was an issue, especially at the six-point intersection at the northeast end of the square. The intersection had large turn lanes and confusing signage; for the recent redesign, streets were realigned, the intersection was simplified, traffic signals were upgraded and new crosswalks were created.

To read more about Oakley Square's redevelopment from the Congress for a New Urbanism, click here.

Covington, Cincinnati top cities to own vacation rental properties

In 2016, the vacation rental market created over a billion dollars for U.S. vacation rental property owners. That’s a call to action for many investors, and in Covington, return on investment for vacation rental property owners is over 25 percent; in Cincinnati, ROI is just over 20 percent.

For this study from i Property Management, to be considered a "vacation city," a city needed to have at least 10 full-time rentals on Airbnb. Full-time rentals are defined as properties available for rent for at least 75 percent of the year, and no more than 10 blocked calendar dates in each month. These were further narrowed down to properties with at least 20 Airbnb bookings in the last 12 months.

The study examined median sales prices and the local cost of homeownership to estimate what expenses are incurred by vacation property owners — utility rates, insurance costs, property taxes, home maintenance and local interest rates on 30-year mortgages. Historical local occupancy rates and the median vacation rates were used to estimate the gross vacation rental revenue for each property.  

Click here to learn more about this study.

Cincy lands on NYT's best worldwide bargain destinations list

When travelers are planning out their next destination, Cincinnati might not come to mind, but according to the New York Times, the Queen City is one of the top 10 best bargain cities to visit in the world

We locals already know what makes Cincinnati a desireable place to visit, but the NYT highlights Over-the-Rhine and the Brewing Heritage Trail as some of the must-see and must-do attractions. In 2018, average airfare to Cincinnati is predicted to be about $350, which is down 13 percent from last year.

Bargain destinations abroad include La Paz, Bolivia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Barcelona, Spain; and Melbourne, Australia.

Back in the states, the domestic cities worth visiting and saving a buck: Atlanta, San Antonio, Key West and New Orleans. 

To read more about the best bargain travel destinations, click here.

OTR redevelopment sets precedent for other cities

Public and private redevelopment efforts in Over-the-Rhine are catching the eye of cities like Atlanta and St. Louis. Both cities have experienced the same struggles as Cincinnati: disinvestment, crumbling historic properties and depopulation. 

Efforts from groups like 3CDC have made OTR a shining example of urban redevelopment, and the streetcar is helping bridge the gap between OTR and downtown. Another major project that will further close that gap is the new Kroger on Walnut.

Historically, developers have relied heavily on state historic tax credits, but with major federal cuts to the program, those dollars will be greatly reduced and may affect the number of historic renovations in Cincinnati's future.

Click here to read more about the strides Atlanta and St. Louis are making to combat issues like depopulation and historic redevelopment, using Cincinnati as a guide.

Mystic Timbers coaster named Top 10 amusement park attraction

Kings Island's newest ride, Mystic Timbers, was recently named one of the top 10 new amusement park attractions by USA Today.

The rollercoaster opened in the spring, and features 16 "airtime" hills, an extreme S-turn and a tunnel. The ride reaches speeds of up to 53 mph.

USA Today readers were able to vote for their favorites, and the winners were officially chosen by a panel of amusement park experts.

See the country's other nine top new attractions here.

Queen City job market ranked eighth best

When people relocate for a job, they tend to gravitate toward millennial hotspots like New York and San Francisco. But if you’re looking for a change of scenery, a midsize city with working-class roots may be the best option.

New data from Glassdoor reveals the 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs, based on affordability, job openings and job satisfaction. Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Kansas City topped the list, with Cincinnati coming in at no. 8.

The top three cities, all rapidly-evolving destinations for tech talent, have over 80,000 job openings each, and a cost of living that puts big cities to shame. Other Midwestern cities on the list, like Minneapolis and Detroit, have well over 100,000 openings a piece.

Cincinnati has about 80,000 job openings with a median base salary of just over $44,000. Job satisfaction rating is 3.3, and the median home value is $152,600.

Click here to see the complete stats from the top 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs.

Rhinegeist's Dad makes best winter beers list

Winter isn't just about eating too much food and spending time with family — it's also a time when breweries step up their game with winter warmer beers. These beers are typically Scotch ales or ambers, and feature pie spieces like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. USA Today rounded up 28 of the country's best winter beers, and it's no surprise that Rhinegeist's Dad made the list.

Dad is a flannel-inspired beer, and is a nod to Rhinegeist's founder’s own flannel-wearing father, complete with notes of pine, citrus and caramel. 

Dad joines other mouth-watering beers from around the U.S., including Bourbon Barrel Aged Gingerbread Imperial Stout from Moody Tongue Brewing in Chicago, Three Cranes from Mystic Brewery in Massachusetts and an EggNog IPA from Evil Twin Brewing in Brooklyn.

See the full list here.

Cincinnati ranks as the 12th best college town among cities of its size

University of Cincinnati and Xavier University students live in the 12th best college town among mid-size cities, according to a recent WalletHub study. Cincinnati ranked 50th over all cities in the country.

Oxford, home to Miami University, boasts the 29th best college town overall and the 15th among small cities.

The ranking is more than football tailgates and fraternity parties. WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities and 28 measures for students, from average student loan debt to breweries per capita.

The three key factors include:

  • Wallet friendliness, which considers the adjusted cost of living for young people
  • Social environment, which weighs nightlife options, crime rate and students per capita
  • Academic and economic opportunities, which looks at the quality of higher education

Data was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Center for Education Statistics, Numbeo, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, TransUnion, TripAdvisor, Areavibes, Yelp and WalletHub research.

Check out the full ranking here.

Documentary featuring new District 3 police headquarters airing on Dec. 24

A new film showcasing the redevelopment and sustainability efforts of the City of Cincinnati will air again on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. on CET (PBS).

Filmmaker Laure Quinlivan documented the construction of the new Cincinnati Police District 3 West Side headquarters over two years. The building is the city's first LEED Platinum building, the first time including public art and the first time engaging citizens. The new police headquarters is also the first Net Zero Energy police station in the country. 

View the trailer here, and tune into the documentary on Dec. 24.

PLCHC wins Five-Star Library award for fifth year in a row

For the fifth year in a row, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County was designated a Five-Star Library by the Library Journal.

The ranking compares libraries based on the services they deliver — per capita library visits, circulation, program attendace and public Internet use. 

The PLCHC is among the top two libraries in the country in the $30+ million expenditure category and is one of only five libraries in the U.S. to recieve a Five-Star rating. This year's rating was based on 2015 data, which libraries report to the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

To see the full ranking and learn more, click here.

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