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18 Hour City Series – Regional Readiness

May 10, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Taft Center at Fountain Square
425 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor (overlooking Fountain Square)
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States


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Explore the topics facing Greater Cincinnati as it grows opportunities and delivers choice lifestyles to its increasingly diverse population.

18 Hour City Series is a creative problem-solving forum. The structure allows industry talent to engage with panelists to innovate around unique challenges and ideas. Our ULI Members are a diverse group of thought leaders. We are doers who design and solve for effective use of land and the built environment. Expert panelists will present contemporary thinking on a subject and together we will help form, create and sustain our 18 Hour City.

18 Hour Cities are experiencing:

  • above-average urban population growth
  • affordable cost of living
  • lower cost of doing business relative to “24 Hour” cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC

The concept of the 18 Hour City is important because the label has proven to be a good indicator of growth potential. ULI, for example, has tracked the progress of cities it designates as 18 Hour, and the data is compelling. If a city has quantifiable success attracting Millennials with a solid and growing job base, yet is more affordable than the cities from which they are migrating, it is logical to believe that it will thrive. (Formigle, 2017)

3:30-5:30 pm at the Taft Center at Fountain Square
2nd Thursday, every other month, 2018

  • January 11 
  • March 8
  • May 10
  • July 12
  • September 13
  • November 8

January 11: Reputation and Image
Source Cincinnati, “What are the stories being told about the Cincinnati Region to drive talent, business investment and visitors?”

March 8: Transportation Vision
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, “How can implementing a regional transportation vision connect people to jobs, education, and health care and spur development?”

May 10: Regional Readiness
Regional Economic Development Initiative, “How do we put into action learnings from the world’s foremost Site Selectors?”

We are excited to host Johnna Reeder, President & CEO of REDI Cincinnati, to discuss what it will take to activate learnings from the world’s foremost site selectors. The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 15-county region at the heart of Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Site Selection magazine has repeatedly recognized REDI as one of the top economic development organizations in the nation. This is reinforced by REDI’s ability to attract the Site Selectors Guild Annual Conference to Cincinnati in March 2018. The conference (its first time in Ohio) attracted economic developers and site selection consultants from around the globe.

REDI Cincinnati has received many accolades and awards under Reeder’s leadership, including the 2015 and 2016 Mac Conway Award for Top Economic Development Organization and Governor’s Cup for top economic development results in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Site Selection magazine. Johnna was named one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers by Consultant Connect in 2016. We look forward to another highly interactive exchange at our third 18 Hour City session.

July 12: Contemporary Retail and Entertainment

September 13: 100% Housing
LISC, “How do we match our region’s 40,000 vacant units to the 40,000 unit housing deficit?”

November 8: Maintaining Competitive Advantage
City Manager, City of Cincinnati, “What are we doing organically to pull in demand and make our region not only engaging, but endearing?”

Members: $25/Session
Non-Members: $40/Session

Space is limited to 50 participants to encourage robust interaction. Members and those purchasing the Series will be given preference.

Brought to you by ULI Cincinnati Committee for Mission Advancement.

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