Posted by admin On 2020/3/9 16:10:00 (2899 reads)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, JobsOhio, the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center announced a first-of-its-kind partnership designed to build, retain and attract talent to Ohio by formally introducing the Cincinnati Innovation District™.

Anchored by the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati Innovation District™ will serve as a ‘blueprint’ for the state and ensure Cincinnati becomes a magnet for talent that attracts Fortune 500, mid-size and developing start-up companies.

“In partnering with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s to create this Innovation District, we are investing in opportunities for students and incumbent workers to build a successful career in Ohio, while unleashing the research and innovation happening on our university campuses and hospitals to help drive job creation,” said Governor Mike DeWine.

Talent is attracted to collaborative and innovative environments, and companies are attracted to locations that have this talent. Ohio’s research institutions are the state’s economic engines to fuel current and future needs of organizations. The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s contribute more than $450 million annually in research. This research results in discoveries that become the basis for innovative startups in the tech and healthcare sectors.

“The three most important elements to developing a vibrant, modern economy are innovation, talent and investment,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “Today’s announcement represents an aggressive effort to build our capacity and align these resources to create a world-class innovation district in Cincinnati. Great ideas must find a way from the lab to the marketplace if they are to improve the quality of life for the public and create jobs and economic opportunity. This innovation district will make this process faster and more effective.”

The catalyst within this partnership will be JobsOhio investing up to $100 million that aims to, over the next 10 years, result in up to 15,000 STEM graduates as well as the execution of $2 billion of research and real estate development within the Cincinnati Innovation District™, ultimately resulting in an estimated 20,000 new jobs and $3 billion of annual economic impact. JobsOhio investment will be paired with investments the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s will be making to scale their respective operations. The Cincinnati Innovation District™ positions our region to compete at a national and international level for talent and the companies that seek that talent.

“To compete and win, we must invest in research and talent while establishing vibrant, amenity-rich communities to realize our long-term vision of making Ohio the best place in the country for tech and life science jobs,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and chief investment officer. “We applaud UC, Cincinnati Children’s and the many partners who have stepped up and made significant new investments to drive these outcomes.”

“We are energized by JobsOhio’s commitment to research and innovation,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s. “This unprecedented investment will help us continue to attract, retain and inspire exceptional talent from around the world; accelerate new discoveries, treatments, and cures; and, most importantly, make a difference in the health and lives of children in Ohio, and well beyond. We are very grateful for this exciting new partnership.”

The University of Cincinnati developed an innovation district blueprint through the creation of the 1819 Innovation Hub and the developing Digital Futures complex. These sites have already attracted Fortune 500 companies, small- and mid-sized companies and generated significant start-ups. Through this co-located ecosystem, UC has leveraged its economic engine to strengthen the Ohio economy. The storied history of UC’s innovation expertise is long-standing, making the vision of attracting even more industry and the talent to serve them a reality.

“We are humbled and inspired by this historic investment in our Next Lives Here vision for talent, research and innovation,” said UC President Neville Pinto. “The nimble, forward-thinking, results-driven work of JobsOhio has never been more important or appreciated. Our highly innovative partnership with them, fully supported by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, will transform the University of Cincinnati’s impact for generations to come.”

The district is expected to attract significant investment in mixed-use buildings that will provide office/lab, retail, housing and nightlife that will make the area attractive to job creation, private investment, and talent seeking an urban experience.

“The Cincinnati Innovation District is the next big thing for Cincinnati’s growth,” said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. “This partnership among the state, JobsOhio, the city, the University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will pay dividends for decades to come.”

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  Posted by admin On 2018/8/23 16:20:00 (7057 reads)

The University of Cincinnati announced that it plans to lease a new building in the Uptown Innovation Corridor to promote the "digital future of tech innovation."

This is definitely a great news for Innovation in Cincinnati, bringing us closer to remaking our city as a "City of Innovation

UC President, Neville G. Pinto, shared this:

"Building on our Next Lives Here vision, the University of Cincinnati has signed an agreement to lease a 180,000 square-foot building to be constructed within Uptown Cincinnati’s Innovation Corridor. The building is part of a development on 5.8 acres on the southeast corner of the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Reading Road, adjacent to our 1819 innovation hub at 2900 Reading Road.

Our multi-year commitment will anchor this development, which is planned as a major mixed-use project by the joint team of Terrex Development & Construction and the Messer Construction Company. Conceived as an environment for innovation, education and technological advancement, the entire project consists of a hotel with a potential residential component, two parking garages and three office buildings. Our agreement addresses the first of these office buildings, which we have, for now, dubbed the “digital futures” building.

As you may recall, the Innovation Corridor has been a decade in the making — a vision growing out of a strategic partnership of Uptown institutions, the City of Cincinnati, the OKI Regional Council of Governments, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the surrounding neighborhoods. Following the opening of the new I-71/Martin Luther King Boulevard interchange, the assembly of over 100 parcels of land, and the renovation of the historic old Sears building into the anchor tenant of the district (our 1819 hub), it is exciting to see this vision is now becoming a reality.

We feel that logistically the proximity of this additional space to the 1819 hub – our front door for industry and community to access UC talent – is critically important. The digital futures building will enable industry and the community to further connect with us through a digital research commons and will provide space for UC faculty and students to work with them to address opportunities and challenges in a digital future. Amplifying and accelerating our Next Lives Here vision, it will be interdisciplinary in form and forward-leaning in function. It will empower diverse teams of thinkers and doers to push the boundaries of what’s possible – to bend the future in Cincinnati’s direction.
Vice President for Research Patrick Limbach will be leading the work to define the programs for this new interdisciplinary building and will be engaging the campus community in this discussion.
I want to add my thanks to the Uptown Consortium and its President and CEO, Beth Robinson, for their tremendous efforts in spearheading investment in Uptown for more than 15 years."
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Posted by admin On 2018/4/20 10:30:29 (27453 reads)

The first Smart Cincy Summit served to launch Regional Smart Cities Initiatives throughout the Greater Cincinnati's Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region. The second summit will highlight the organizational leadership, active projects, and community goals.

The Smart Cincy Summit brings together local, regional and national leaders for a dynamic day of programming centered around smart city planning. This year the focus will revolve around the pillars of smart planning, mobility and infrastructure, and community impact. A limited number of tickets and sponsorships are still available. 

A free community day will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 25th at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments Board Room. 

Final Announcements:  April 19th, 2018

Learn more about the largest group focused on smart cities in the Midwest. Visit

Contact to learn more or to get involved.

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Posted by admin On 2018/4/20 10:30:00 (6919 reads)

The Smart Infrastructure Challenge will launch during the Smart Cincy Summit on April 26th, 2018. The challenge calls for regional teams to create a project vision and planning framework leveraging smart and connected technologies and innovative strategies that will serve to optimize or altogether replace outdated infrastructure and systems. Top teams will be awarded support resources, funding, and access to project financing following presentations at the Smart Regions Conference on October 25th.

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Posted by admin On 2017/5/2 3:00:00 (4253 reads)

TechRepublic spoke to 11 smart city experts at the Smart Cincy Summit, ranging from Cincinnati city officials, to executives at CintrifuseNexigenCincinnati Bell, TransitX and ET3 and more.

Here are the videos with their thoughts on what it takes to become a smart city - you can view them on TechRepublic Website 

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Posted by admin On 2016/8/31 8:49:32 (3324 reads)

Congratulations to University of Cincinnati for moving more aggressively toward Innovation! 

In his last two messages to UC Alumni,  University of Cincinnati Board Chair Rob Richardson,  writes about the growth and importance of innovation at UC, and about the upcoming Next Lives Here Innovation Summit, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 20th. 

The Summit "will be an in-depth look at how innovation occurs, who is modeling the innovation process to greatest effect here in the region, and where our best opportunities lie for elevating innovation within the UC educational experience."

Please visit the Next Lives Here Innovation Summit website to learn more about this essential opportunity.

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Posted by admin On 2015/9/18 23:30:00 (3917 reads)

Congratulations go to... 

Cincinnati Innovates, the region’s annual online innovation competition, announced the winners of the seventh annual competition. Eight awards totaling $65,000 in grants were announced at LPK’s Brand Innovation Center Thursday evening.
The top winner of CincyTech’s $20,000 cash prize was Astronomer, an app that helps online businesses spend more time shipping product and less time integrating the digital tools that manage customer data.  Astronomer collects and utilizes real-time customer activity data to the hundreds of cloud-based marketing tools and analytics apps a business might use to track and communicate with customers.

Second place $10,000 from LPK went to CarPal, the Uber for packages - a same-day delivery courier and transforms the way goods move around cities by enabling anyone to get a product delivered on the day of purchase.  Third place $10,000 from Taft to UltraFlo Systems, a LEED Platinum plumbing system that cuts water consumption and plumbing labor and materials in homes and commercial buildings almost using a one pipe system to deliver hot and cold water by mixing in one central mixing valve.  Fourth place $8,000 from First Batch, a product accelerator, as well as the $2,000 Queen City Angels Community Choice Award went to Bailout, a pocket-sized self-rescue device which will allow firefighters and other safety workers to escape from elevated environments greater than 100 feet quickly and safely.

Congratulations to all winners! 

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Posted by admin On 2012/4/21 10:50:00 (2956 reads)

As EnterChange reports, Xavier University will host its first TEDx conference this Thursday, April 26th in the Cintas Center Schiff Banquet Hall.

The theme will be Innovation, Service, and Leadership.

It is free, but you must RSVP  here.

The lineup of speakers  includes:

Todd Henry, the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a company helping teams generate ideas.

Rashmi Assundani PhD, an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Williams College of Business at Xavier.

Randy Wilhelm, the co-founder and CEO of netTrekker, which delivers digital K-12 educational content.

Andrew Gibson, the Global Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, leading global marketing for the Old Spice brand.

Elizabeth Edwards, the founder of Metro Innovation, a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Kate Hansian, founder of Design Impact, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati Honors College.

Sunnie Southern, a healthcare industry professional specializing in business development and new product launches, and a registered dietician.

Sherman Bradley, the president of Green Recycling Works, a former US Air Force Sergeant, ordained minister, and vice president of City Gospel Mission.

Dan Meyer, co-founder of Nehemiah Manufacturing, which attempts to change lives in the inner city of Cincinnati through employment and coaching.

Breaks in-between speakers will feature live music and an interactive art display by a Xavier art major.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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Posted by admin On 2011/10/16 17:39:00 (2961 reads)

A hydrogen-fueled vehicle produced by General Motors was tested in South-West Ohio last Saturday. It's good to see that GM is getting serious with alternative enegies. After Volt, its first fully electric car, there is obviously a chance for a hydrogen car coming from GM: Read more...

With it, GM will join other car makers, like BMW, which has already world's first production-ready hydrogen vehicle: BMW Hydrogen 7

It's worth to mention that Cincinnati is also involved in electric car production, with its Amp Electric Vehicles company, that recently moved from Blue Ash to Loveland

Since Automotive and Advanced Energy are two of eight Industry Clusters designated by Regional Chamber of Commerce, let's hope to see more this development in South West Ohio. 

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Posted by admin On 2011/1/10 5:00:00 (1602 reads)

Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural Cincinnati USA Innovation Awards, celebrating companies and people that demonstrate how new ideas can be developed into fuel for the Tri-State’s economic engine. The program is being produced by the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and CincyTech.

Winners will be announced at an event to be held on April 14, 2011, and will be featured in a supplement to the Cincinnati Business Courier April 15, 2011 weekly print edition.

The deadline to submit a nomination is January 18, 2011There is no fee to submit a nomination.

Applicants must choose one of the following categories they feel their project best exemplifies. Please use the nomination form below each category description to submit your nomination.

The nominations are in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Emerging Innovation
  • Outstanding Biotech Innovation
  • Outstanding Information Technology Innovation
  • Outstanding Marketing Innovation
  • Outstanding Advanced Engineering Innovation
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Innovation

More info: Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce

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Posted by admin On 2010/12/22 3:58:59 (1568 reads)




The best way to predict the future is to create it


If you don’t invest in the future and don’t plan for the future, there won’t be one.—

George Buckley, chairman, president, and CEO of 3M


What is innovation?

Innovation—taking something established and introducing a new idea, method or device that creates a new dimension of performance.


Innovation adds value.


What’s innovation got to do with community development?

A culture of innovation provides the foundation so that people can turn ideas into results and improve communities. Innovation can be found in all industries, fields, locations and communities—not just in business, technology, engineering or the physical sciences.

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