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Nonprofit groups offer prescription for boosting community health

Cincinnati suffers from a wide disparity in health outcomes, and poverty and race are among the biggest culprits. Yet a network of local organizations is combating the health challenges facing our city.

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Quality preschool key to lifelong success

Studies show that two years in a quality preschool can have an enormous impact on a child’s life trajectory — more than interventions at any other stage — but few families can afford it. Preschool Promise is a program aimed at closing that gap, and a new pilot program shows how universal access to quality preschool can work.

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Alleys become pathways to urban revitalization

From Seattle to Cincinnati to Washington D.C., alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small business.

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As non-native English speaking population grows, teachers find new ways to instruct students

Over the past five years, southwest Ohio has seen a 250 percent increase in its English Language Learner (ELL) population. Elementary teacher Erin Sucher has already adopted new ways to reach her students, and her job is going to get a little easier this year thanks to a $14.5 million grant for a program that will train teachers in new methods that enhance learning for all students.

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My Soapbox: Eddy Kwon of The Happy Maladies

Six years as a band has given The Happy Maladies time to understand what works without losing their spontanaeity. Eddy Kwon, the band's violinist and vocalist, spoke with Soapbox about the band's current endeavors to support their new LP and collaborative project, "Must Love Cats."

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25 most iconic Cincy companies captured in video

Starting with Graeter's, local animation firm Flaming Medusa Studios will tell the stories of 25 celebrated Cincinnati companies in its new series of animated videos, dubbed the Queen City Chronicles.

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What smart cities can learn from Memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced ‘lean urbanism.’

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My Soapbox: Artist and musician Dylan Speeg

Dylan Speeg's illustration style has been compared with Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, while his music is a glamorous mixture of Delta Blues and Django Reinhardt. Find out what keeps this hardworking artist moving.

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Miracle Cure: How one nonprofit is tackling Cincinnati physician shortages

To address the physician gap, Cincinnati MD Jobs is attracting health care professionals not only by highlighting job openings, but also by showcasing the Queen City's treasure trove of assets, from restaurants to green space to a variety of living options.

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Mayor Cranley: A Soapdish progress report

Soapdish columnist Casey Coston turns a critical eye on Cincinnnati Mayor John Cranley's first 100 days in office and urges the new administration to do better when it comes to the streetcar, parking and downtown development.

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For startups, money changes everything

Making Cincinnati a place where entrepreneurial dreams are realized is the goal of seed-stage funders like CincyTech, the Brandery and Cintrifuse when they match startups with crucial investment dollars. Financial backing and venture capital hookups from these organizations helped local startup Ahalogy become a wildly successful Pinterest marketing agency.

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Incubators help new startup businesses take root and grow

Startup incubators offer both resources and connectivity for small startups with big potential. A shared culture of entrepreneurship among risk-takers helps nurture the seed of a business plan into a flourishing company.

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Accelerators vs. Incubators: Cincinnati's red hot startup scene

As Cincinnati grows into one of the nation’s premier technology startup hubs, accelerators and incubators have become an important part of the business landscape. But what’s the difference, who are the key players, and how do they serve the business community?

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Love of local brew fuels rapid rise of Cincy's beer market

As the number of local microbreweries enters double digits, the city’s beer entrepreneurs are having a hard time keeping up with demand. Innovation in the growing beer economy is ensuring the taps won't run dry.

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New meal delivery company brings organic and gluten-free food to your doorstep

HealthSavor, Cincinnati’s only organic, gluten-free, vegan-optional meal delivery company, wants to heal its city by tapping into the power of healthy food.
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