Hold the Date: July 26th – Community Rooted Economic Inclusion Playbook Webinar

May 19, 2021 | Events, News, Newsletter

Hold the Date: July 26: The Ohio Economic Development Association is sponsoring a complimentary webinar on bringing equity and diversity to neighborhoods on July 26, 2021, 3 to 4:30pm. Sponsored in collaboration with the International Economic Development Council and the Brookings Institute, the Community-rooted Economic Inclusion Strategic Action Playbook argues that now is the time for community, city, and regional leaders to advance bold place-based solutions that foster long-overdue investment and opportunity within disinvested communities—and to do so in a way that benefits existing residents and small businesses within these communities.

The Playbook provides both concept and practical guidance in developing initiatives that will improve our neighborhoods. The webinar will feature a presentation by the Playbook’s authors as well as a discussion how cities can adapt and tailor the approach on-the-ground.

Substantial Transportation Funding Opportunities Blossoming

While this May has been cold, transportation funding opportunities are starting to heat up. The month of May brings with it funding opportunities for Ohio’s Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs).  Ohio has 51 TIDs covering large areas of the state.  These intergovernmental agencies are designed to foster planning and cooperation among different counties and local governments to plan for regional transportation priorities.  TIDs have local, state and federal transportation funding sources upon which they can access. 

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Spooky Nook’s first tenant will be a familiar face

Spooky Nook, the massive indoor sports complex and hotel under construction in Hamilton, has announced its first retail tenant as the project nears its targeted completion date by the end of this year.

Municipal Brew Works, which opened in Hamilton in 2016, inked a 15-year lease earlier this month to operate its second location from the development’s Mill Two, which will also house Spooky Nook’s 233-room on-site hotel. Owners Jim Goodman and Mark Jackson told me the expansion will allow Municipal to brew more experimental beers. Demand at its original site on High Street is so high that it doesn’t allow for a lot of that now.

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