Uptown Consortium Wins Cincinnati Award for Economic Inclusion Initiatives
Beth Robinson, Uptown Consortium
The Cincinnati Business Courier, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Minority Business Accelerator recently awarded Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI) with the Goal Setter of the Year award at the 2019 CLIMB Awards (Cincinnati Lifts Inclusion and Minority Business). This award highlighted UCI’s partnership with WEB Ventures LLC around its economic inclusion initiatives, especially surrounding the Uptown Innovation Corridor.
The Cincinnati Business Courier and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber hosted the second annual program to honor individuals and organizations in Greater Cincinnati who helped the region achieve success through building a diverse workforce and practicing and developing inclusive culture.
“It’s incredibly gratifying that the Consortium’s inclusion initiative is being recognized. Economic inclusion is a top priority for us, and it’s something that the Consortium strives for every day,” said Beth Robinson, UCI’s president and CEO. “We couldn’t do this important work without WEB Ventures and we’re grateful to have them as a partner in Uptown.”
UCI, in partnership with WEB, is increasing contracting, job and investment opportunities for local minority business enterprises (MBE), women business enterprises (WBE) and Uptown residents. UCI’s economic inclusion efforts are designed to ensure that Uptown residents and businesses benefit from the development happening in their communities and to provide new opportunities for small and large MBEs and WBEs.
To date, UCI has secured preferred developer agreements with all partners including goals for MBE, WBE and Uptown resident inclusion throughout the life of the developments. UCI has also worked with the Uptown anchor institutions on various projects such as the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and engaged community residents around Corridor plans and current and future job opportunities.
Beth Robinson is the President and CEO of the Uptown Consortium, a nonprofit community development corporation dedicated to the economic development of Uptown Cincinnati. To learn more about the Uptown Consortium, visit www.uptowncincinnati.com.
Housing demand outstrips supply so much that developers can be – and are – very selective about where they choose to invest. Factors like land price, annexation and zoning processes, infrastructure costs, density, and community design specs will make or break a developer’s go-or-no-go decision. This panel discussion will provide insights into developers’ decision-making processes, as well as help direct the focus of local economic developers to those areas in which they can add value in housing discussions.
The Call for Presentations for the OEDA Annual Summit to be held September 4-6, 2024, at the Glass City Center in Toledo, Ohio, is now open. The Annual Summit offers a unique platform to highlight innovative solutions, spark discussions, and share impactful strategies that have positively influenced communities. The Annual Summit organizers are seeking speakers to provide a variety of high quality educational sessions to attendees.
The Ohio Economic Development Association has announced JP Nauseef and Dr. Ned Hill as the keynote presenters for the upcoming Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, April 29-May 2, in Dublin, Ohio. JP Nauseef, the President and CEO of JobsOhio, which has been described as the “best in class state economic development partnership,” will welcome the Basic Course students and Keynote the course. Dr. Ned Hill, a recognized national expert in economic growth, regional development, and economic development, will kick off the course by covering “What is Economic Development and What is the Job of an Economic Development Professional?”