Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI) spurs comprehensive development and revitalization in the communities of Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, University Heights and Mt. Auburn. Underpinning these efforts, UCI meets with residents, neighborhood councils, business owners, developers and community leaders to gain insight into the area’s needs.
Formal input is facilitated through our Community & Economic Development Subcommittee, which examines the area’s short-term and long-term economic development needs. The subcommittee strives to identity and leverage resources to promote a true sense of partnership in Uptown development, including those highlighted below.
New Market Tax Credit Program
As a recipient of federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), UCI supports catalytic real estate projects throughout the Uptown community. Previous projects financed through NMTCs include U Square at the Loop, Views on Vine and the Cincinnati Herald building. To date, UCI has invested more than $600 million in community project development through the program.
UCI launched YourUptown.com in an effort to boost Uptown businesses’ economic vitality. YourUptown offers visitors a true "taste" of what Uptown has to offer with a directory of dining, shopping and entertainment options. The unique platform also gives business owners the opportunity to log on and personally promote upcoming events and specials to the website's broad audience.
UCI partnered with The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati to create an incentivized program that offers $1,500 down payment assistance grants to those purchasing a home in Uptown.
Live Uptown Down Payment Assistance Program
Small Business Retention Program
UCI and Hamilton County Development Company (HCDC) launched a comprehensive small business retention program to encourage the continued success of Uptown commerce. The program includes one-on-one business development coaching, strategic planning, marketing support and access to capital.
Keep Uptown Beautiful
In partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, UCI oversees a community initiative to keep the streets of Uptown litter-free. The program’s community service work detail crew picks up litter, empties trash cans and eliminates weeds three days a week. Results give Uptown residents a greater sense of community pride and visitors a positive first impression.
Modern Makers is a multidisciplinary art collaborative that creates transformative experiences through unique events. With UCI’s support, Modern Makers currently hosts one drawing event and one exhibition event per month. Most programming from the art collaborative is free to the community.