It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again: Summer! And, as if on cue, the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region has never been “hotter.” The recent Regionalism panel, co-sponsored by Centennial and FranNet, highlighted that now is a great time to live, work and play in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. If you are trying to attract talent to this region, take away these points from our panel of experts:
Why It Is Good to Work Here
- Our region is the “right sized pond” where aspiring leaders can make an impact and difference.
- We have the fastest growing economy in the Midwest.
- Unlike most major cities, our leaders are known for their accessibility.
- Our business community is a diverse mix of Fortune 500, family owned businesses, private equity backed organizations, and entrepreneurs.
- Our region is benefiting from consistent messaging that is the product of thoughtful collaboration between multiple organizations.
- There is a palpable local and national “buzz” about our region.
Why It Is Good to Live or Play Here
- Our city-center is compact and easy to navigate.
- The region offers diversity in activity: arts, culture, a renowned food scene, major league sports—even several amusement parks.
- There are so many activities, this is a great place to “staycation” and be a tourist in your own town!
Opportunities for the Region & Ways to Make a Difference
- Despite our improving economy, childhood poverty is increasing. However–
- Our benevolent community is generous with its time, talent and treasure in addressing issues, providing multiple ways for supporters to “give back.”
- Quality preschool opportunities need to be more widely available to all children (our future workforce and leadership!) But–
- Several efforts are underway to improve early childhood education opportunities for our region’s children.
- Individuals and corporate investors need to go “all in” with our start up community. We need companies and people to utilize their assets to help entrepreneurs succeed. Fortunately–
- Organizations like Cintrifuse, #StartUpCincy, CincyTech, UpTech, OCEAN, and The Brandery are there to help.
Interesting “Did You Knows…”
- Immigrants reflect 4% of the region’s population, yet were responsible for the majority of the region’s net growth in 2015.
- 1 in 14 jobs in our region supports the travel/tourism industry.
- Money spent by tourists helps alleviate residential tax burdens.
- Our skyline has been identified as one of the prettiest in the nation!
Stay in the Loop by Following These Organizations
Special thanks to our panel for sharing their insights: Julie Calvert, Executive Director, Source Cincinnati; Mary Stagaman, Senior Inclusion Advisor at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Ross Meyer, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; Linda Antus, President/CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network; David Ginsburg, President/CEO, Downtown Cincinnati Inc.; Kristine Frech, Vice President, Skyward Northern Kentucky.
In your opinion, what makes our region a great place to do business, live, or visit? We’d love to know!