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09-Mar-2020 18:10
Cincinnati Innovation District Announced

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.”

17-Nov-2016 11:34
Municipal Innovation: 2016 Trends

Every year the Digital Cities Survey takes a big-picture view of the state of IT in cities to determine which are moving the needle forward by excelling at using technology. The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology are recognizing 62 cities this year for their use of tech to support priorities and improve operations. 

Read more at: http://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/Mu ... igital-Cities-Survey.html

26-Sep-2016 10:50
Smart Cities Week: White House announces $80 million in new Federal investments

Today, to kick off Smart Cities Week, the Administration is expanding the Smart Cities initiative, with over $80 million in new Federal investments and a doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total. These new investments and collaborations will help cities of all sizes, including in the following key areas:

  • Climate: The Administration is announcing nearly $15 million in new funding and two new coalitions to help cities and communities tackle energy and climate challenges. For example, one Department of Energy (DOE) campaign has already signed up 1,800 buildings representing 49 million square feet with data analytics tools that could reduce their energy footprint by 8 percent or more, on average.

  • Transportation: The Administration is announcing more than $15 million in new grants and planned funding to evolve the future of urban transportation, including National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for researchers in Chattanooga to test, for the first time, how an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles can automatically cooperate to improve travel efficiency and operate safely during severe weather events.

  • Public safety: The Administration is announcing more than $10 million in new grants and planned funding for public safety, resilience, and disaster response. For example, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is funding the development of low-cost flood sensor-based tools in flood-prone areas of Texas, where predictive analytics will give first responders and local officials new capability to issue alerts and warnings, and the ability to respond more rapidly to save lives when a flood strikes.

  • Transforming city services: MetroLab Network is launching a new effort to help cities adopt promising innovations in social programs, like a collaboration between three counties surrounding Seattle and the University of Washington to use predictive analytics to identify precisely when city services succeed in helping homeless individuals transition into permanent housing, offering the promise of a future of personalized intervention.

See more: White House Announcement

18-Jan-2014 23:34
Forbes 30 Under 30: Inside The Issue

The generation that will change the world!

http://www.forbes.com/video/2965301616001/

07-Aug-2013 10:37
ICF opens nominations for 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year Award

Any community using technology to improve its economy can participate in the rigorous yearlong awards program 

New York City – July 9, 2013 – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announces the opening of nominations for the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year award. The 2014 awards marks the 16th year the New York-based think tank will name the Intelligent Community of the Year, a community that is a global leader in creating wealth and jobs by seizing the opportunities of information and communications technology (ICT).

The ICF has posted a nomination form at www.intelligentcommunity.org/nominations. There is also a community self-test to determine if a community could be a contender for an award. Nominations will close on Monday, September 23, 2013.

Communities large and small, urban and rural, in developing and industrialized nations are all invited to apply. Nominations are accepted from local governments, institutions, national government agencies and consular offices. There is no cost to submit a nomination. On average, ICF tracks the progress of 400 communities each year through its own research as well as nominations submitted by communities. 

07-Aug-2013 10:15
Innovation Community Discussion on Monday, August 12, 2013

There has been some interesting discussion about the innovation community here in Cincinnati.

Some thoughts on the "Why's" and "What's" started online at http://hub.qcmerge.com/.

The team at Cintrifuse wanted to continue the conversation live and give everyone an opportunity to join in the discussion. 

The event takes place on: 

Monday, August 12, 2013, 3-5 PM

at Centrifuse (299 E Sixth St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202)

If you would like to join, you can register at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7720262513

31-Jul-2013 01:26
The urban transformation of Barcelona city

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Barcelona project transforms two hundred hectares of industrial land of Poblenou into an innovative district offering modern spaces for the strategic concentration of intensive knowledge-based activities. This initiative is also a project of urban refurbishment and a new model of city providing a response to the challenges posed by the knowledge-based society.

more...

12-Jul-2012 21:05
ICF Opens Nominations for 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year Award

Nominations are now Open for ICF's 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year Awards
The awards program salutes the accomplishments of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology. Communities large and small, urban and rural, in developing and industrialized nations are invited to apply for an international award that does not use population as a factor. Deadline for nominations is September 21, 2012. More

Take the Community Self-Test
Not sure if your community is qualified for the Intelligent Community Awards? Take the 15-question Self-Test to evaluate your chances of joining the Intelligent Communities honored by ICF. More

ICF's Louis Zacharilla Keynotes at Sask 3.0 Summit
At the first Sask 3.0 Summit in Regina, Saskatchewan, ICF's Louis Zacharilla presented a keynote address on The Rise of the Intelligent Commumnity. More

ICF's John Jung on Why a Lack of Passion can be Fatal
During a recent trip to Austin, Texas, ICF's John Jung was struck by the tenacious passion of leadership that propelled the city of Austin from a backwater state capital to a Top7 Intelligent Community. More

ICF's Robert Bell on the Power of Small Places
During the last 90 days, ICF's Robert Bell has traveled so several "small" places and writes that it's not the size and scale of a community that makes it great but the attitude. More

03-Jun-2012 00:11
Ideas for Cincinnati - submit yours today!

You can now submit ideas for the City of Cincinnati:

http://cincinnati.mindmixer.com/

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the city planning process, and hopefully it will become a source of some creative and innovative ideas on how to improve our city!

Kudos to the Department of Planning and Buildings for setting it up! It's great to see such an initiative!

As it is said on the Website:

This is our town. Let’s make Cincinnati great!

28-May-2012 04:33
Curitiba, Brazil - one of the Smartest Cities in the World

An excellent example of innovative and systematic approach to urban development. 

What can we learn from them and apply in Cincinnati?

Curitiba, Brazil, is the birthplace of bus rapid transit, the high-capacity urban public transportation system developed under the leadership of former city mayor Jaime Lerner. The ensuing transit-oriented development (TOD) underscored the importance of organizing urban areas around transport corridors and led Curitiba to be hallmarked as the most successful example of TOD.

(for English subtitles, press the [CC] button)

Also watch the TEDx speech of former mayor of Curitiba, Jaime Lerner, who reinvented urban space in his city. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.

From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In the process he has transformed the face of cities worldwide.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jaime_lerner_sings_of_the_city.html

29-Apr-2012 14:12
New Health IT Accelerator in Cincinnati - Innov8 for Health Startup Accelerator (applications due 4/30)
Health innovators now have a new opportunity to accelerate their Startup.
The Innov8 for Health Startup Accelerator is a Health IT focused Accelerator. Eight Health IT Startups that are creating products or services to achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care, at lower costs will be selected from across the US to participate in a 12 week program designed to accelerate their Startup.
Applications are due tomorrow, April 30, by 11:59pm.

  • $20,000
  • Free office space located in the heart of "Pill Hill" - within walking distance of Cincinnati Children's, University of Cincinnati Hospital and Physician's Offices, Krogers retail pharmacy, and more...
  • Access to health IT domain experts and health care/ health IT entrepreneurs with successful track records
  • Customer Advisory Board comprised of companies like GE Aviation, Anthem, Humana, Ethicon EndoSurgery, Health Bridge (one of the most mature Health Information Exchanges in the country), TriHealth (a large integrated delivery system), Sanofi (one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world)
  • Potential pilots sites and in-market testing across the care continuum from employers, to Children's Hospital, to Integrated Delivery Systems, to Senior Care Facilities and retail pharmacies
  • Investors for follow-on funding

Learn more at: www.Innov8forHealth.com

10-Oct-2011 18:57
Welcome to "Enter Change"

Finally Cincinnati is slowly warming up to Innovation!

The latest sign is the creation by Cincinnati Enquirer of a special section: Enter Change:

http://enterchange.cincinnati.com/

Congratulations!

24-Feb-2011 15:12
SHPE Cincinnati to start a Robotics Club in AMIS

On Thursday, Feb. 17, SHPE Cincinnati chapter had its second networking meeting, this time at AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies), which has a high number of Hispanic students.

Representatives form iSPACE presented the Robotics programs that they organize, and which SHPE would like to use as the base for the Robotics Club that they want to start at AMIS.

Several kids from AMIS were able to learn more about the Robotics program and get excited about the possibilities. We hope that our SHPE Members will get involved in helping these kids in their STEM Journey.

It is a very good initiative to expose children to engineering and science in a fun way. SHPE is also looking to open same program at Lakota High School. 

  

More info on SHPE Cincinnati Website: www.shpecincinnati.org 

24-Feb-2011 14:58
Midwest: The next Silicon Valley?

My friend Mike Weppler emailed me a link to this very cool article:

Will The Midwest Become The Next Silicon Valley? 

Definitely worth reading!

And yes, Midwest has every reason to become the next Silicon Valley. There are exciting things happening here, we just need to get better organized and educated about enterpreneurship and innovation! 

20-Jan-2011 18:31
Cincinnati needs "Game changing"

Cincinnati  needs to reinvent itself if we want to stay competitive in the new global economy. We are not only competing with other US cities, but also with cities around the world.

The recent report Our Region By The Numbers should be a clear wake-up call for the region and we need to do something about it very soon! 

The good news is that we have innovation experts locally, who showed how it should be done: 

As described on Amazon:

 

Blessings to Procter & Gamble—or, more exactly, its chairman and CEO, A. G. Lafley. Together with Charan, author of Know-How (2007) (and the most probable successor to management guru Peter F. Drucker), he defines, describes, draws examples of, and delineates how innovation became a part of not only the behemoth consumer-packaged-goods company but also part of Lego and Nokia (among others). Lafley is remarkably candid; the story of his “surprise” ascent to CEO-dom in 2000, taking over from Durk Jager, is the story of transformation. A number of commandments accompanied the company’s innovationcentric strategy: the consumer is boss, inside and outside cocreation is encouraged, the innovation process is tangible (and must be followed), and risks can be managed. Most important is his emphasis on human interaction as the key; even better, the last section focuses exclusively on developing a culture of innovation, from promoting the rules of brainstorming to the desired attributes for employees and leaders: courageous, connected and collaborative, curious, open. Sidebars are worthy of posting on a bulletin board; in fact, this is a sustainable reference on innovation that will be hard to beat. --Barbara Jacobs


It would be nice if our city leaders could leverage this know-how from these experts!

 

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