Most people in Cincinnati have seen the large blue and yellow Lamar Advertising billboards for The Dragonfly Foundation that have been on display over the past few months. The simple, one-word designs exist for one simple reason—to remind “Dragonflies,” patients and families battling pediatric cancers, that they are not alone.
On March 7, the Avondale Development Corporation (ADC) and Uptown Consortium kicked off a new workshop series, “Adult Personal Financial Education.” The five-part program facilitated by First Financial Bank runs through April 4, offering residents the tools to obtain greater fiscal freedom.
As Cincinnati leaders continue examining how to better attract top talent and new businesses to the region, many are focusing on the Uptown Innovation Corridor as a magnet for talent and tech, creative and innovation-focused companies.
Opportunity Zones incentives, a new community development tool created as part of the December 2017 federal tax reform legislation, have been a focus within the community and economic development circles for several months.
Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI) and the Cincinnati Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator recently hosted an event, with support from WEB Ventures, to connect minority-owned businesses and Uptown developers on project opportunities, including $760 million in projected investments in the
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has partnered with Uptown Consortium, Inc. since 2012 to ensure Uptown is a clean and beautiful place to live and visit. KCB utilizes the Sheriff’s Community Service Work Detail five days a week on dedicated routes throughout the five Uptown neighborhoods to collect trash and remove graffiti.
Local and regional excitement around the Uptown Innovation Corridor is palpable. In 2018, multiple developments were announced, and new tenants moved to the Corridor. Prominent companies such as P&G, Kroger, CincyTech and Cincinnati Financial located in the UC 1819 Innovation Hub, and UC announced its intent to sign a long-term lease in the Uptown Gateway.
Praveen and Anju Chawla are no strangers to the University of Cincinnati’s penchant for collaboration. The husband and wife duo are alumni of the university, and their two children are Bearcats as well.
WEB Ventures, an economic inclusion management team, leads Uptown Consortium’s (UCI) efforts to leverage the economic power of Uptown and the Uptown Innovation Corridor to create lasting opportunities for local residents and minority- and women-owned businesses.