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Beer is rebooting Cincinnati neighborhoods


"Beer is bringing back our neighborhoods." Mayor John Cranley, 2017 State of the City address

Food & Wine recently dived into this statement, and found that Cranley is right. According to numbers from the Brewers Association, which represents the interests of small and independent breweries nationwide, craft brewing contributed about $68 billion to the economy last year, and created nearly half a million jobs.

Cincinnati is currently home to over 40 breweries, and another 11 are in the works. It's evident that neighborhood breweries are helping boost the city's economy — brewery owners are renovating buildings, hiring local workers and boosting the local economy.

Food & Wine highlighted four breweries — Brink, Rhinegeist, Urban Artifact and Woodburn — that are doing all of the above.

Click here to read more about Cincinnati's booming brewconomy.
 

Cincy's food scene affordable, accessible and boozy


Cincinnati's great restaurants and strong foodie scene recently landed it on WalletHub's list of the best cities in America for foodies.

The study looked at more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 24 data points, including affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants, food festivals per capita and craft breweries and wineries per capita.

Cincy came in at no. 20 on the list, and is one of the more foodie-friendly cities in the country. Here's how Cincinnati's food scene ranked in a few categories:
 
  • Average beer and wine price: no. 29
  • Restaurants per capita: no. 24
  • Affordability and accessibility of highly rated restaurants: no. 32
  • Gourmet specialty food stores per capita: no. 12
  • Craft breweries and wineries per capita: no. 11
  • Coffee and tea shops per capita: no. 32
To see how other cities stacked up, 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.
 

 


DAAP connection pays off for UCLA professor


Casey Reas, professor of design media arts at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, has roots in Cincinnati: he's a graduate of UC's DAAP. His DAAP connections have landed him work with The National, an alt-rock band. 

Reas met The National's bassist, Scott Devendorf, and singer Matt Berninger when they were all graphic design students at DAAP — he even played drums for them, once upon a time.

The National just released its seventh album, "Sleep Well Beast," and Reas helped create four music videos for songs on the album. He used an open-source programming language called Processing, which he helped co-create, to make the videos.

Along with music videos, Reas' work has been exhibited in art galleries and projected onto buildings all over the globe.

To read more about Reas' process for creating The National's music videos, click here.
 

Cincinnati Art Museum to showcase collection of work by Iris van Herpen


In October, Dutch fasion designer Iris van Herpen will bring a touring exhibition of her work to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show, Transforming Fashion, originated at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands in 2012.

Van Herpen is known for her unique designs and interest in the natural sciences. She uses unexpected materials and 3D printing to create her rare, "strangely gorgeous garments."

Examples of van Herpen's work include a minidress that resembles a stylized skeleton that was 3D-printed with a white synthetic polymer and the “moon dress” of 2013-14: a doughnut-shaped garment whose iridescent black resin surface is textured and cratered.

You can read more about van Herpen here; keep tabs on her upcoming exhibition at the CAM.


 

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.

 


Queen City cracks top 10 best cities for jobs


Cincinnati has jumped from the top 25 to the top 10, sitting comfortably as the eighth best city to get a job in the U.S., according to a study by Glassdoor.com.

The ranking is based on hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction. Cincinnati's overall score was 4.3 (out of 5), based on almost 80,000 job openings in the area with a median base salary of $44,637. The city’s median home value is $152,600, with a job satisfaction rating of 3.3.

Some hot jobs in Cincy are data engineer, medical assistant and account executive.
 

Pittsburgh came in at no. 1, followed by Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Memphis, Columbus, Cleveland and Louisville, respectively, rounding out the top 10.

See the full ranking 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.
 

Covington named the best small town in Kentucky


Covington was recently named the best small town in the state of Kentucky by Thrillist. 

With a population of just over 40,000, Covington is often referred to as Cincinnati's little sister, but it has a charm and a claim to fame all its own. It has a multitude of local restaurants, whiskey bars and small businesses. It's home to 12 historic districts and more redeveloped buildings than you can count. To top it off, Covington hosts a number of yearly festivals, including the Mainstrasse Oktoberfest.

Click here to read more about the best small towns in the U.S.

 

La Soupe is on the fast track to help reduce the number of food insecure children in Cincinnati


Suzy DeYoung is perhaps best known for being the chef at La Petite Pierre, but she's now tackling something else that she's passionate about: food waste.

In 2014, DeYoung founded La Soupe, a nonprofit that seeks to feed the hungry with "leftover" food from local grocery stores, farms and restaurants. She takes all of that food and turns it into flavorful and inventive soups, which are then frozen and distributed to those in need.

On average, America wastes about 40 percent of the available food. In Cincinnati, this statistic is staggering because the childhood poverty rate is about double the national average, leaving many kids — and families — food insecure.

Last year, La Soupe saved about 125,000 pounds of produce from the landfill, and served 800 quarts a week through 47 participating agencies around the city during the school year. By July of this year, they’d already surpassed that amount of salvage, and expect to double it by the end of the year.

Click here to read more about La Soupe and DeYoung's efforts to reduce food insecurity and waste in Cincinnati.
 

Possible Cincinnati uses Tinder to attract new hire


Local marketing firm Possible Cincinnati was looking to attract Daniel Mashburn to the region, so they did what any employer would do: they turned to Tinder.

Find out more about Possible's efforts to bring Mashburn to Cincinnati.
 

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.


 

NYT spends 36 hours in the Queen City


The New York Times recently spent 36 hours in Cincinnati, and boy, were they impressed.

Highligts include the Contemporary Arts Center, 21C's bar, dinner at Sotto, Cincy Red Bike, the views from the Purple People Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Findlay Market, the streetcar, beer from Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House, Salazar, Music Hall, Ensemble Theater, the new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company theater, Sundry and Vice, Revel OTR, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar and the Queen City Underground Tour.

Check out your hometown from the NYT's perspective, and you just might discover something new!
 

Eli's BBQ considered best in state by foodie site Chowhound


Eli's BBQ is once again turning heads. This time, it's nabbed the attention of foodie website Chowhound as the best BBQ in the state of Ohio.

Eli's — which can be found at Findlay Market and in the East End — is known for its laidback, no-nonsense approach to its BBQ, and its locations. Although the Findlay Market location is takeout only, the atmosphere of the East End restaurant is that of a family picnic. 

On top of the two Eli's locations, owner Eli Leisring recently partnered with the Lang Thang Group to open The Hi-Mark (also in the East End), which is reminiscent of a roadhouse. He also recently opened Herzog Music downtown. Up next is a partnership with the Newport Kroger, where customers can purchase Eli's BBQ to-go or to enjoy while shopping.

Read the full post here.


 

Cincinnati ranks fifth best city for startups in Midwest


It's no surprise that Cincinnati's bursting at the seam with startups, which is why it's landed at no. 5 on Midwest Startups' list of the 50 best cities for startups in the Midwest.

Midwest Startups looked at three criteria:
  1. Startup activity — how active the startup community is and the size and quality of the available network for new startups; looked at the number of startups and their success rates
  2. Access to resources — how supportive the city's environment is and what value-add it can provide to help the startup grow; considered quality of talent, investor activity and public and private support
  3. Economics and demographics — how conducive the city's economic environment is to attract and scale a business; factored in cost of living, population and GDP per capita
Cincinnati came out on top of other Ohio cities, including Cleveland and Columbus, which both placed in the top 10 overall. Smaller Ohio cities like Dayton (no. 21), Akron (no. 26) and Athens (no. 30) also made the list.

See the full ranking here.
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