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Mapping Cincinnati's Future: Population to increase 11% by 2030


A new database report from the Urban Institute maps the impact of births, deaths and migration on population trends for every county in the U.S. in 2020 and 2030, showing which areas should expect to grow and which should expect population loss. Titled "Mapping America's Futures," the report projects the racial and age breakdown of U.S. counties and metro areas in 2030 based on current demographic trends.

"We can already see that the population is aging and becoming more diverse, but how will those trends play out at the local and regional levels?" the accompanying article asks. "And what if, in the future, we live longer or have more babies? How would those trends affect the population in different cities and states?"

Urban Institute's model projects that Greater Cincinnati's population will grow 11.22 percent between 2010 and 2030, from 2,068,893 to 2,301,090. Our population will get slightly more diverse, as those categorized as Hispanic and Other (compared to White and Black) are projected to become 12 percent of the local population in 2030 vs. the 2010 level of 5.3 percent. As with the country as a whole, Cincinnati is projected to become older — although the largest age group will continue to be those 20-49.

See the full report, including an interactive map of the entire U.S., here.
 

After spurning Cincinnati, Chiquita decides to close Charlotte HQ


Chiquita Brands International, which moved its headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte, N.C., in 2012, announced last week that it would close its Charlotte office in the wake of a recent purchase by Brazilian companies. The Charlotte Business Journal reported Jan. 14 that Chiquita's CEO informed his 320 Charlotte-based employees that morning that the office would be closing as the company is taken private by its new owners.

Chiquita left downtown Cincinnati in 2012 after being courted by Charlotte, which pledged $23 million in local and state incentives. According to the newspaper, Chiquita has collected about $2.5 million of those inducements so far and said it would repay $1 million.

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter said he hoped the impacted Chiquita employees would stay in town and find other work: "I also want to encourage local employers to consider the impacted employees and their families, as many of them seek other job opportunities in our community."

Chiquita was based in Cincinnati from 1987 until 2012, the first 15 years under the control of majority owner Carl Lindner Jr.

Read more here.

Tech startup funding is "no problem" in Cincinnati


Huffington Post blogger Jason Grill gives big props to Cincinnati's startup scene, saying we now rival Kansas City as his pick for America's most entrepreneurial city.

"The words startup, technology and funding are creeping into the every day vocabulary in the Queen City," Grill writes. "Cincinnati lays claim to a growing and vibrant startup ecosystem. Much of this success is due to what we are seeing across the United States with fewer barriers to entry, but the main part of Cincinnati's success is due in large part to the venture funding access in the city."

Grill goes on to credit CincyTech and Cintrifuse for leading the recent charge here. Bottom line, he says: "Cincinnati is relevant in the startup world."

Read the full blog post here.

Cincinnati improves as one of "America's Best Performing Cities"


Noted urban guru Richard Florida offers his take of the 2014 edition of the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities study, which rates 200 large and 179 small metros on key measures of job growth, wage and salary growth and the size and concentration of high tech industry. "The study shows how the recovery has been concentrated in — and, indeed, has revolved around — what I have dubbed the twin pillars of America’s knowledge/energy economy," Florida writes, "with the best performers being energy centers and tech hubs."

San Francisco rated the #1 best performing large U.S. metro area in 2014, followed by Austin, Tex.; Provo, Utah; San Jose, Calif.; and Raleigh, N.C. Nine of the top 10 large cities were in California, Texas or Utah. The top-rated small metro area was Fargo, N.D., followed by Columbus, Ind.

Cincinnati made the list of biggest gainers between 2013 and 2014 among large cities, improving 45 spots to #68 — placing the Tristate around the top third of all large metro areas.

"Ultimately, the report paints a clearer picture of America’s geographically uneven recovery," Florida writes, "where tech hubs and energy centers prosper while older manufacturing and construction driven metros continue to falter."

Read more here.

 

Cincinnatians among Forbes "30 Under 30" changing the world


Forbes magazine is out with its annual "30 Under 30" list of young folks making a mark and changing the world. This year's list has a total of 600 millennials in 20 different categories (art & style, venture capital, consumer tech, music, etc.) — so 30 people in each.

A number of present and past Cincinnatians have a presence on the lists, many of them running startups developed through The Brandery. Konrad Billetz, CEO of Frameri eyeglass startup in Over-the-Rhine, was named among the leaders in manufacturing & industry, while Mayor John Cranley's director of external affairs, Daniel Rajaiah, made the law & policy list; he heads up Cranley's high-profile Task Force on Immigration. The Business Courier has a roundup of other Cincinnati connections to the lists.

Read the Forbes "30 Under 30" section here.
 

Cincinnati Streetcar part of $90 billion in transit developments across North America


The Cincinnati Streetcar's $148 million price tag is too high for some and not enough of an investment for others, but one thing's for certain: The project has lots of company across North America. The Transport Politic website published its annual rundown of major transit investments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, saying a total of $90.6 billion will be spent in 2015 on roughly 100 different bus rapid transit, streetcar and light/heavy rail projects. Read more here.

Orchids, Bistro Grace, Red Feather among best U.S. restaurants


Open Table diners have rated three Cincinnati restaurants as among the nation's best in recently released year-end lists.

Orchids at Palm Court downtown at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel has been included in the Top 100 Restaurants in America, the only area dining spot so recognized. According to Open Table, these restaurants represent "the establishments where creativity, consistency and hospitality meet at every meal, every day." See the full list here.

Meanwhile, two fairly new bistros have been named among Open Table's Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America: Bistro Grace in Northside and Red Feather in Oakley. This list "honors the welcoming spots at which diners celebrate both the everyday and the exceptional. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country." See the full list here.

 

Funding for Everything But The House a testament to Cincy startup scene


The Tech Cocktail website describes a new round of venture capital funding for Everything But The House as "a testament to the rise of Cincinnati's tech scene." EBTH recently raised $13 million in Series A funding, which will help the online estate and consignment sale company expand into as many as 50 markets over the next several years. It currently operates in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington and Nashville. "By having access to the resources in Cincinnati, we’ve been able to recruit top talent and attract two top-tier venture capital partners to help support our future growth," CEO Andy Nielsen tells Tech Cocktail. "We are proud to call Cincinnati home." Read more here.

Where to eat if you're heading home to Cincinnati


Apparently a fan of the monthly Cincinnati Night at Edward's restaurant in Tribeca, NYC, Village Voice "Fork in the Road" columnist Adam Robb visited us recently to dig a little deeper beyond the Edward's menu of Skyline, Montgomery Inn, LaRosa's and Graeter's favorites. As a service to ex-pat Cincinnatians in New York City, he offers a number of hip dining recommendations for those "making the trip Midwest for the holidays to see your family." Read more here.

Cincinnati one of 8 candidates for "next Silicon Valley"

Cincinnati is one of eight U.S. cities identified as potential "next Silicon Valleys" in a Huffington Post report on new destinations for "burgeoning techies" that was produced in conjunction with Citi Group. Cincinnati "may not seem like the next tech hub from the outside, but it actually is exactly where major investors are flocking," the piece says. It also touts the work The Brandery has done to lead the startup community here, referencing the glowing 2013 profile of the organization at Entrepreneur.com. Read more here.
 

OTR included in "Best Architecture in the Midwest"

A photo slideshow titled "Seeking Frank Lloyd Wright: Best Architecture in the Midwest" includes Over-the-Rhine, which Conde Nast Traveler describes as "a case study in successful urban renewal, thanks in part to its notable architecture." The writer also gives a shout-out to the University of Cincinnati's student recreation center, designed by California-based architecture firm Morphosis. See the slide show here.

XU basketball player a driving force

Xavier's 6-foot-10 senior Matt Stainbrook has been in the news lately, but only partially because he's the second leader scorer on XU's 8-2 hoops team. He's the cover boy of Xavier Nation magazine, which describes him as "silly, serious, goofy, intense." And his late-night excursions as an Uber driver in and around Cincinnati prompted a ride-along video from ESPN. Go Muskies!

Better parking ideas for big cities

Cities can change the "politics of parking" by using new parking meter technology to reinforce community planning concepts and push economic development — from giving residents a discount to earmarking meter revenue for better public services. No specific mention of Cincinnati, but some interesting ideas to chew on. Read more here.

Congress passes bill after Cincinnati push

Cincinnati government affairs guru Chip Gerhardt pushed the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) Act last week, allowing people with disabilities to set up savings accounts with no tax on the earnings, similar to 529 college savings accounts, to cover housing, transportation and other expenses. Speaker of the House John Boehner was an active supporter. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read about Gerhardt's efforts on behalf of his teenage daughter and thousands of others with disabilities here.

Cincinnati is deeply rooted

Census Bureau data reveals that Cincinnati is slightly more "rooted" than the average large U.S. city. Governing magazine analyzes several measures — length of housing tenure, whether people lived in the state where they were born, recent migration data — to determine which cities' residents have particularly deep local roots and wonders how those roots determine a city's civic character. Read more.
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