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What do you do in your new position at the Cincinnati Development Fund?
My primary responsibilities include all CDF communication including our website, press releases, public relations, event planning, grant writing, tax credit applications, and implementing a new social media presence, e-mail newsletter and online video channel. I'm also the in-house technology consultant and oversee the organization's information technology equipment and network, recommend changes to software and hardware, plus hire outside consultants to help with the same. I oversee the administrative operations, including recommendations for implementing technology and other, less technical, methods to improve office efficiencies.
What do you like best about this job?
CDF is a great organization with a great history. We are about to begin our 25th year and have a long trail of amazing projects impacting just about every city neighborhood. When traditional lending cannot accommodate projects able to transform neighborhoods and galvanize bigger investments, CDF steps in to make dreams and hopes reality. You may not know it, but you have seen CDF's humble touch all across this town. Getting to be a small (and new) part of this growth, re-birth and rejuvenation in the city's vast urban infrastructure fits my personality perfectly and quenches this old reporter's curiosity and desire to know what's happening months—and sometimes years—before it actually happens. Keeping Cincinnati moving forward is a big reward working at CDF.
What's great about living/working in Cincinnati?
Cincinnati is special. There's just no question about it. The biggest small town in the world, I think, with just about everything the big town has to offer, in a neat, easy-to-digest package. But the best part has to be the people: We love our town. It's apparent in how critically we debate important civic issues. Covering politics, I was always amazed at how passionate citizens—even ones who live way beyond the city limits—feel about things that may not directly effect them. It's amazing how seemingly the whole town comes out for the Opening Day parade for a baseball team whose season hasn't even begun. How we share the pride in places like Union Terminal or our world-class zoo and laude our connection to and shake our heads in disbelief when we tout our connections to Jerry Springer and Pete Rose. And we may not all agree on which exactly which taste we love the most, but everyone agrees: To be here is to love the chili. Few other places can bind themselves together socially like Cincinnatians can to each other. Just run into one somewhere far from town, and you'll see the instant connection and love for this place. It's truly remarkable.
What part of town do you live in and what do you most like about the neighborhood in which you live?
I live in Mount Auburn
on the cusp of Over-the-Rhine
. My favorite part of Mount Auburn is the amazing view off my back balcony of Over-the-Rhine, downtown
and Price Hill
. Plus, the nationally recognized Christ Hospital
a few steps from my front door, the birthplace of a U.S. president is equally as close. Plus, it's very affordable and close to where I work in Over-the-Rhine.
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