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 MarketS 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. Learn more about UCI's New Markets Tax Credit program here.
In 2018, Avondale was named a federal Opportunity Zone. The Opportunity Zone program is an economic and community development tax incentive for private investors to support underserved communities through private equity investments in business and real estate ventures.
WEB VENTURES LLC
WEB Ventures LLC, a consulting firm hired by Uptown Consortium, promotes and supports economic inclusion within Uptown. The firm also leverages workforce development programs to prepare Uptown residents for future employment in their community. For more information, visit its website.
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.
The Uptown Consortium (UCI) commissioned a study based on their master plan that calls for honoring the Avondale neighborhood in the midst of developing the Uptown Innovation Corridor. Results of the study will aid the Consortium, Avondale homeowners, residents, planners and investors in maximizing future improvements, impact and outcomes.
Assessment was conducted by Dinn Focused Marketing Inc. To review the full report, please click here.
Avondale residential market intelligence report
UCI partnered with The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati to create an incentivized program that offers $2,000 to $4,000 down payment assistance grants to those purchasing a home in Uptown. Learn more about the program here.
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.
Careers at uptown member institutions
Avondale Property Enhancement Program (APEP)
The Avondale Property Enhancement Program (APEP) is designed to improve community sustainability by addressing residential properties that are in disrepair. The APEP exists to provide financial assistance to residential homeowners to make essential repairs when they lack sufficient resources, giving priority to those properties identified through the City of Cincinnati’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). Learn more here.