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Ten tri-state schools make Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools list

Ten local schools made it onto The Washington Post's list of "American's Most Challenging High Schools" for 2014. Walnut Hills, Wyoming and Indian Hill were ranked top three in Ohio, respectively, while Highlands took the top spot for Kentucky. Walnut Hills was the only area school to break into the top 100 on the list. Find out how the list was compiled and search the results.

Public Library of Cincinnati gets five-star rating

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County accepted a national honor last week from the library field’s leading professional publication. "The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service" awarded the public library a five-star rating for service. Read more.

Cincinnati named one of Top 100 Best Places to Live

Livability.com named Cincinnati one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Read more.

Cincinnati Museum salutes leading African American talent

Cincinnati Art Museum features an exhibit of one of the first black American artists to gain an international reputation, Henry Ossawa Tanner.

Read the full story here.

US News ranks Walnut Hills High School top in Ohio

US News ranks Cincinnati Public Schools' Walnut Hills High School first in Ohio and 90th in the country.

See all the stats here.

Cincinnati offers Toledo a model in crime fight

University of Cincinnati Journalism alum Taylor Dungjen, a cops and crime reporter for the Toledo Blade, returned to her college home town to report on an innovative initiative that is having an impact in Northern Ohio.
 
Read the full story here.

Cincinnati neighborhood on cusp of renaissance

People of all ages, both white and black, are moving into newly built houses and condos in Walnut Hills, as well as large, older homes. Crime has dropped in recent years. With encouragement and help from the city, the neighborhood is attracting the interest of commercial and residential developers.

Read the full story here.

Four Cincinnati high schools make Newsweek's list of America's best

Newsweek published its annual list of "America's Best High Schools." The list picks only six percent of the nation's best schools and included four schools in Cincinnati, including Walnut Hills, Indian Hill, Mariemont, and Turpin this year. The Wyoming School District also made this year's list, ranking #2 in the state of Ohio behind Walnut Hills.

Read the full story here.


Reyes wins Flying Pig Marathon

Sergio Reyes of Palmdale, California won Cincinnati's annual Flying Pig Marathon in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 37 seconds amongst a record field of more than 16,000 runners.

Reyes called the marathon one of the most scenic races he's ever run.  The race started in downtown Cincinnati and then twisted through many of the city's scenic neighborhoods, hills and even followed along the Ohio River for several miles.

This year marked the 12th year for the Flying Pig Marathon which gets its name from Cincinnati's former status as the pork-packing capital.  Autumn Ray of Galveston, Texas won the women's side in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 23 seconds.

Read full article here.

Hamilton County taxes lower than its peers

A recent Forbes survey finds that Hamilton County's property tax rate is the lowest, as a percentage of income, of Ohio's six largest urban areas, says Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper.

In his PepTalk blog, Pepper says that there are misconceptions about the county's tax rate, but that it's actually relatively low when compared to other metropolitan areas against which it competes for jobs, businesses, and talent.

The Forbes survey found that Hamilton County's property tax rate as a percentage of income was 26 percent lower than Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), 16 percent lower than Franklin County (Columbus), and 8.5 percent lower than Summit County (Akron).

Hamilton County's sales tax was also the lowest of the top six urban counties, tied with Summit County.

Read the blog post here.

Spohr appointed to direct SW Ohio workforce development

Jennifer Spohr has been appointed as the regional workforce director of the Ohio Department of Development's (ODOD) Southwest Ohio office.

In her new role, Spohr will serve as a liaison to state government, local business leaders, elected officials, and economic and workforce development entities to meet the training and talent development needs of businesses throughout Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties.

Spohr joined ODOD in 2005 as coordinator for the Ohio Investment in Training Program and is currently on the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network's Hard-2-Hire Workforce subcommittee.

This year, she received from Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory the 2009 Super Award from the Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio in recognition for her work with the SuperJobs Center.

Read the full release here.

Ohio's 10 best-kept secrets

Following a year and a half of talking to Ohio's business leaders and executives, the Ohio Business Development Coalition has compiled a list of the ten best-kept secrets about doing business in Ohio.

Everybody knows about the relatively low cost of living and the advantageous location, but what other advantages does Ohio have?

I'm not going to give it all away here!

You'll have to read the full article here.

Mayor Mallory gets assurances from President Obama

Following a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says that he's assured that Cincinnati will receive its fair share of the $787 billion federal economic stimulus bill.

According to Mallory, the president told the 80 mayors in attendance that stimulus money will be on the streets within six months and is expected to be spent on projects within 18 months.

He was also pleased that $7 billion of the $12 billion set aside for transit projects would go directly to cities, instead of being funnelled through state governments.

"The president stressed several things, that he understands the importance of cities as it relates to stimulating the economy," Mallory tells the Enquirer.

Read the full article here.

Mayor Mallory names new YP Kitchen Cabinet

A new Cincinnati Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet was announced Tuesday, and already they're charged with working on a major initiative.

The group must prepare a proposal, due this month, to host the 2009 Next Leaders Summit, the largest meeting of young professional groups in the nation.

Mayor Mark Mallory started the advisory group in 2006 in an effort to coordinate the activites of various YP groups throughout the region, with the goal of attracting and retaining young professionals.

This year saw a record number of applicants for the cabinet, Mallory tells the Enquirer.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati submits $332M stimulus wish list

Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory has submitted a request for $332 million to fund 51 projects as part of the proposed $819 billion federal stimulus package.

The list includes $190 million in water and sewer projects, $74 million for new streets and related infrastructure, and $24 million for public improvements connected to neighborhood economic development initiatives.

Also requested was $12.6 million to conduct an engineering study to determine the best route for an Over-the-Rhine-to-Uptown streetcar connector.

Mallory estimates that more than 3,600 jobs would be created if the list of projects were fully funded.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati in top 30 most wired cities

Cincinnati has ranked as the 28th most wired city in the United States, according to an annual evaluation conducted by Forbes.com.

Forbes measured cities' "wired quotient" by computing the percentage of Internet users with high-speed connections, the number of companies providing high-speed Internet, and the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Placing between Philadelphia and Columbus, Cincinnati received top 20 marks for broadband adoption and Wi-Fi hotspots, but lost ground due to the number of service providers available.

Ohio has invested heavily in providing 100 percent broadband access throughout the state, and the Obama administration and House Democrats have proposed including $6 billion for broadband infrastructure as part of the economic stimulus package.

Read the full article here.

New regional transit agency in the works

Cincinnati and Hamilton County have reached an agreement on a new regional transit agency that could give more say to suburban governments - if they are willing to pay.

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Transit Authority would consist of a 13-member board, with seven being appointed by the City of Cincinnati and six from Hamilton County.

Butler, Clermont and Warren counties would be able to directly appoint board members if they formally join the new agency, and could gain a majority of the board seats if they contribute more than 50 percent of the agency's budget.

Both the City of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Commission are likely to consider resolutions on the matter this month.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati's library system earns top 10 ranking

For the third year in a row, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) has ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Cincinnati placed 10th among 79 library systems in the "Over 500,000 population" category in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

The ratings are based on statistics such as circulation, customer visits per hour, and number of volumes owned per capita.

While PLCHC executive director Kim Fender is pleased with the ranking, she tells WLWT.com that "our Library is much more than the number of items on the shelves".

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati USA among 'best in class' of place branding initiatives

Cincinnati USA's branding efforts deliver a consistent and persuasive message, according to the Branding Strategy Insider. Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, writes that it is his belief that place branding is an effective strategy for accelerating the economic growth of a location, either through direct foreign investment or through the expansion of already established companies.

In his opinion, the Cincinnati region does a great job across seven different place branding strategies, making the area even more competitive for capital investment.

But Burghard warns that other cities and states are also in the game, so both the state and the region must continue to push their brand promises while continuing to improve their business climates.

Read the full article here.

Hamilton County in 3rd place in Green Counties Competition

Hamilton County is currently in third place in the large counties category in the National Association of Counties' Green Counties Competition.

The competition encourages county employees and residents to take the Energy Star Campaign pledge to save energy and help fight global warming.

By joining the pledge, employees and residents will receive a 10 percent discount on Office Depot's Green Brand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, and the county with the most pledges will receive 1,000 free lightbulbs.

The competition runs through November 30.

Read the full release here (PDF).

Agenda 360 conducting community survey

Agenda 360, a regional action initiative seeking to transform Cincinnati into a leading metro region for talent, jobs, and economic opportunity, is conducting a community survey to gain input.

The goal of the survey is to zero in on about a dozen action-oriented initiatives and to develop a plan for implementation by the end of 2008.

In the future, ideas from Agenda 360 will be merged with those of Northern Kentucky's Vision 2015 initiative to create a single regional plan.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be available through the end of September on the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber website.

Read the full article here.

$2.4M grant to help thousands of students prepare for college

Thousands of low-income Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students will get on track for college thanks to a $2.4 million GEARUP SCORES partnership grant.

The grant comes from a $303.4 million federal program that emphasizes increasing the number of disadvantaged students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by increasing math and science scores, boosting graduation rates, and educating students and parents about college access and financial aid.

The partnership, which is being led by the University of Cincinnati and CPS, will track 4,000 sixth- and seventh-grade students in 31 CPS schools over the six-year grant period.

Other project partners include Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Strive, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.

Read the full article here.

Attracting, retaining YPs crucial to regional economy

Our region's economic future and overall vitality rely on showing young professionals (YPs) that Cincinnati is a terrific place to live, learn, work, play and stay, says University of Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher.

In an editorial appearing in the Business Courier, Zimpher says that too much of our regional strategy has targeted companies and their investment, while not paying enough attention to the talent base that could fill those new jobs.

She argues that YPs live at the cutting edge and are more mobile, but will put down roots and establish networks where they find fulfillment.

But more importantly, she says, YPs expect success.

Read the full article here.

Forbes: Cincinnati 7th most lustful city

Don't blush, but Forbes has named us America's 7th most lustful city.

Forbes based their rankings of the country's 50 largest cities on per capita over-the-counter contraceptive sales data compiled by research firm ACNielsen.

According to the data, Cincinnatians purchased 70 percent more condoms and other contraceptives than expected for a city of its size.

Incidentally, Cincinnati tied with Columbus in "lustfulness", with Denver coming out on top.

Read the full article here.

Bus systems lure riders with plush seats and Wi-Fi

With higher fuel prices leading to increased ridership, transit systems like Cincinnati's Metro are looking at ways to make riders' experiences more pleasant and more convenient, all while keeping costs down.

In doing so, transit agencies hope to makeover the image of bus transportation, which is often associated with people of low income.

Metro has installed Wi-Fi on many of its routes, and recently has been given permission to continue traveling on the shoulder of I-71 to shorten commuters' trips.

Metro's use of soy biodiesel fuel also makes it attractive to environmentally-conscious customers.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati chosen for innovative youth political immersion program

Cincinnati has been selected as one of five cities from across the country to participate in Swing Semester, an innovative program that helps young people take their first steps into political activism.

The program places college students and other young people with host families in key swing states, where they work with campaigns, issue-based organizations and get-out-the-vote efforts.

In addition to becoming engaged in the political process and learning about their host communities, students can earn college credit.

Swing Semester is currently seeking local host families.

Read the full article here.

Metro tests 'bendable' bus

Metro is testing a new "bendable" bus that could hold 50 percent more passengers on its busiest routes.

The articulated buses are being tested on several city routes to determine if the buses can operate efficiently in Cincinnati.

The "bendable" mid-sections allow the buses to make turns on narrower urban streets more easily.

Articulated buses have been in use since the 1920s and are common in such cities as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago.

Read the full article here.

Strive endorses plan to boost CPS college enrollment

Strive has endorsed a plan by an alliance of non-profits to increase the number of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students who enroll in college following graduation.

Through services that include academic and career advising, financial aid assistance, test preparation and campus tours, the Cincinnati College Access Alliance hopes to raise the number of CPS graduates attending college up to the national average of 57 percent within five years.

Currently, about 47 percent of CPS graduates proceed to college immediately following graduation.

Strive, a subsidiary of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, is a coalition of community leaders working to promote student success.

Read the full article here.

Growing Cincinnati beats trend

U.S. Census estimates released last week show that Cincinnati gained 826 residents in 2007, beating the trend of population losses suffered by most Ohio metropolitan areas.

Cincinnati had an estimated 332,458 residents last year, the third straight year that the city's estimated population has increased.

Mayor Mark Mallory will likely challenge the numbers, citing a 2007 Social Compact study that estimated a city population of 378,000.

Columbus was the only other large city in Ohio to gain population.

Read the full article here.

Free-college programs multiply

As cities try to emulate Kalamazoo's success with its free college tuition program, Strive is working to put together its own program locally.

Financing for such a program is the main obstacle to Strive's effort.

Kalamazoo's program, called Kalamazoo Promise, began in 2005 with a gift from anonymous donors that guaranteed graduates of the city's public school system free tuition to any college or university in the state of Michigan.

About a dozen cities, including Pittsburgh and Denver, have already launched similar programs, and, recently, officials from 82 cities visited Kalamazoo to discuss how to adapt the concept.

Read the full article here.

Occupying idle teen hands

Like Cincinnati, many cities across the country are trying to prevent the volatile mix of teen boredom and hot temperatures by implementing summer jobs programs.

Cincinnati's April job fair brought together 125 employers with 2,500 applicants, but, according to U.S. News and World Report, Mayor Mark Mallory is unsure how many of those contacts led to jobs.

The Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University forecasts that summer teen employment will not rise above 34 percent, the worst jobless rate for teens in 61 years.

To help boost teens' opportunities, more than 140 mayors have signed a letter to Congress asking it to pass a $1 billion authorization bill for youth activities, but support in Washington has been weak.

Read the full article here.

AIA report looks at Cincinnati's 100 percent green building exemption

A new report released by the American Institute of Architects looks at the 12 best green building incentives by state and local governments, which includes the City of Cincinnati's tax exemption. According to Interior Design, Local Leaders in Sustainability - Green Incentives highlights the challenges in creating and maintaining incentive programs and examines their effectiveness.

Some of the best incentives included tax reductions, expedited permits, and allowances for additional building height. Cincinnati's program provides a 100 percent property tax exemption for 15 years for new LEED-certified buildings and 10 years for LEED renovations for residential buildings valued up to $500,000.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati program part of $300M initiative to reform healthcare

Greater Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality is among fourteen community-based programs around the country to take part in a $300 million initiative to spearhead health quality reforms through regional collaboratives.

The investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comes following a national report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice showing serious deficiencies in the quality of U.S. health care.

As the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken by a U.S. philanthropic organization, the initiative will help physicians improve quality of care, give patients better information that will let them manage their own health, improve care within hospitals, and reduce inequalities in care for people of different races and ethnicities.

Over the next three years, the foundation will provide Greater Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality with more than $1 million, expertise, technical assistance and training.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati CFOs forecast increase in 3Q hiring

The Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index is forecasting increased hiring of full-time accounting and finance professionals in the Cincinnati area during the third quarter of 2008.

The forecasted 3 percent increase is up one point from the second quarter forecast and three points above the national average.

The Robert Half Index, which has been in operation since 1992, is a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a random sample of companies in the Cincinnati area.

Read the full release here.

Hamilton County municipalities meet for Green Development Summit

Leaders from Hamilton County's cities, villages and townships came together for a Green Development Summit last week to learn how they can work together to save the environment.

According to assistant Hamilton County administrator Jeff Aluotto, the event explored the ways in which the 48 different political subdivisions could put together an action plan for reducing greenhouse gases and lowering energy use, all while saving taxpayer money.

The summit is part of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an international association of local governments committed to sustainable development.

The next step will be forming a volunteer committee to share ideas on what other communities are doing.

Read the full article here.

Local start-ups growing

Nearly a dozen local companies received money from venture capital funds last year, showing that the market for start-ups is the best it's been in years.

CincyTechUSA, southwest Ohio's start-up incubator, has $22.5 million in funds to spend over the next 3 to 4 years, which it plans to use to grow companies just large enough that they will catch a venture capitalist's eye.

"We need to be better at transferring technology to the market from our local research institutions, and we need to get these limited partnerships and funds more engaged in the process," Mark Richey of venture-capital fund Draper Triangle Ventures tells the Cincinnati Enquirer.  "That will create even more capital flowing through here, and more companies will start, and we'll have a pretty vibrant place."

The state as a whole is gaining in venture-capital receipts, up to 20th nationally in 2007 ($170.6M) from 28th in 2006 ($43.5M).

Read the full article here.

African-American Chamber teaming with State of Ohio on minority business development

The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) has announced that it will team up with the Greater Cincinnati African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Akron Urban League to expand the state's support of the minority business community.

Both agencies will partner with ODOD's Minority Business Enterprise Division to facilitate training, networking and mentoring opportunities and to ensure that Ohio's minority-owned businesses have the assistance needed to be productive and profitable.

The Cincinnati African-American Chamber will receive $150,000 in grant funding for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 for oversight and staff assistance related to their mission of minority business growth.

They will also work to market the products and services of the Minority Business Enterprise Division to their membership and community.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati escapes major home market downfalls

Cincinnati's steady and diversified economy has helped it weather the ups and downs of industry slumps and rampant real estate speculation.

"The benefit of the Cincinnati market always has been that we have a very steady economy," Karen Schlosser of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors tells USA Today.

While the region has had its share of foreclosures and has seen the effects of an economic slowdown, it hasn't seen significant job losses. Schlosser says that this has been a benefit to home buyers - prices have remained favorable, buyers have a wide selection from which to choose, and interest rates are low.

Read the full article here.

What's good in Cincinnati?

While the local media is largely responsible for cultivating negative opinions among Cincinnatians, every now and then they produce a story that provides some perspective.

Last week, WCPO's Tanya O'Rourke reported on the many positive things going on throughout the region - everything from the redeveloped Fountain Square, to The Banks, and to downtown's tallest new building which is soon to break ground as well as our major league and college sports, our diverse shopping options, world-class arts institutions and our concentration of Fortune 500 companies.

"I think we have been our own worst enemy for the past 10, 15, 20 years, maybe more," Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tells WCPO. "But it's changed, and we aren't speaking that language any more, and good riddance to it!"

Read the full article here.

CPS on the upswing

The quality of public schools is often cited as one of top reasons for peoples' aversion to urban living, but three recent articles could change some local attitudes.

Last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that enrollment projections for the completion of the $1 billion Cincinnati Public Schools facilities master plan were too low, with nine completed buildings already overcrowded and 16 future buildings already projected to be over capacity.

This comes as the district has announced that an "effective" rating, the second-highest of five possible ratings, is within reach this year.

And just last week, the district announced a partnership with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to use $600,000 in state funding to open a science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) high school at Hughes Center for the 2009-2010 school year.

Cincinnati metro population now larger than Cleveland's

According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 15-county Greater Cincinnati region's population has topped that of the Cleveland metropolitan area.

The Cincinnati metro gained 12,500 in the last two years to rise to 2,133,678, placing 24th nationally.

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor lost 8,808 people and fell into 25th place.

The Enquirer reports that Doug Moorman, vice president of economic development of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, says that the increase in population could help the region recruit more businesses due to a larger work force pool.

Read the full article here.

Big plans mark State of City

In front of an audience of nearly 600, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory delivered his annual State of the City address in which he addressed the issues of public safety, jobs and economic development, neighborhood revitalization and public transportation.


The News Record reports that Mallory said that for the city to achieve the goals of the GO Cincinnati initiative, it must work harder to attract and retain young professionals.

To help strengthen the bond between Cincinnati and the young, he promised to work with city council to fund a co-op program between the University of Cincinnati and the city and has put his support behind a Downtown to Uptown streetcar connection.

Read the full article here.

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