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Over-The-Rhine ranks as one of the country's most promising food scenes

According to a feature story in Food & Wine, Over-The-Rhine is one of the top food scenes in the United States.

Known for its historic importance as a landing place for German immigrants in the 19th century, Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine district is now home to an impressive range of culinary arts from Cincinnati's Findlay Market to stand-out locations for drinks like Rhinegeist, Revel Urban Winery and Taft's Ale House to unique coffee experiences like Collective Espresso, Ferrari Barbershop & Coffee Co., and Deeper Roots.

The Locally-owned restaurants, bars and coffee shops in OTR are worth a closer look.

Read more about the dynamic food scene in Over-The-Rhine in the story here.

Cincinnati makes list of trend destinations for 2018

Cincinnati is once again featured as a top travel destination for travelers looking for must-visit vacation spots. This time American Express Essentials picked Cincinnati as part of the 2018 Trend Destination Hotlist.

AmEx's trusted network of travel bloggers selected the Queen City for its mixture of historic Art Deco architecture mixed with modern structures and a vibrant revitalisation of the downtown area – most notably at The Banks, Smale Riverfront Park, Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine (OTR).

Read more about Cincinnati's travel-friendly charm here.

Cincy ranks in top 100 best places to live

According to a new ranking from Livability, Cincinnati is one of the top 100 places in which to live in the United States.

Known for its historic architecture and a cost of living nearly 10 percent below the national average, Cincy is home to a number of major companies, including Kroger, Macy’s and Procter & Gamble. It ranks high in the education sector due to the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, and the Reds and Bengals are huge draws as well.

Locally-owned restaurants all over the city, and festivals like Taste of Cincinnati keep the foodies coming back for more.

Read more about Cincinnati and the other 99 cities on the list here.


Jungle Jim's recognized by Food & Wine as top destination for foodies

In Fairfield and Eastgate, tourism meets grocery shopping at Jungle Jim's International Market. Both locations cover multiple acres and feature everything from fresh produce and seafood to a plethora of spicy salsas and fare from all over the world.

The original location in Eastgate is about 300,000 square feet — you'll find what feels like at least that many different products. Whatever you're looking for, Jungle Jim's has it. If they don't, it probably doesn't exist.

To read more about what Jungle Jim's the place to visit and take the foodie in your life, click here.

What's so attractive about visiting or living in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati's charm is once again getting national attention. The Dallas News highlighted some of the Queen City's most attractive qualities, including the swings at Smale Riverfront Park, Over-the-Rhine's resurrgence, Music Hall's renovation, street murals, art museums and food.

And the best way to get around to see all that Cincinnati has to offer? A Cincy Red Bike or day-long streetcar pass. Both are under $10.

Read more about Cincinnati here.

The Queen City's biotech startup scene is booming, and here's why

According to the 2017 BioEnterprise mid-year report, Cincinnati has had 90 percent growth in biotech startup investment since 2012. This includes more than $54 million in the first half of 2017 — more than any other city in the Midwest.

There are other cities that are leading in biotech startups, including Silicon Valley, Boston and North Carolina's Research Triangle. But there are several things working to Cincinnati's advantage:
  • It broke into the top 20 metro markets for overall startup activity in 2017
  • Was named a leading startup market in the state of Ohio
  • Established institutions that use medial science (think P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children's)
  • A strong startup pipeline in the form of CincyTech, startup accelerators and incubators
Click here to read more about Cincinnati's growing biotech scene.


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.
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