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LETTER FROM PRESIDENT & CEO, LAURA N. BRUNNER

2019 was The Port’s 19th consecutive year of improving property value and promoting job creation throughout Hamilton County. 2019 was also the year before our lives were turned upside down by a worldwide pandemic and civil unrest. Both the impact of COVID-19 and the national focus on racial injustice and social inequalities remain very much top of mind for all of us, the latter serving as a reminder to ensure economic inclusion always remains at the heart of everything we do. 


In 2019 we continued our laser focus on helping to strengthen community business, housing, and manufacturing developments throughout the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Our three-pronged revitalization strategies - Industrial Development, Neighborhood Revitalization and Public Finance – guide us in improving economic and community development in Hamilton County.


Let’s take a look back at highlights from each strategic focus area in 2019.

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INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

Hamilton County has a strong manufacturing ecosystem, making it an attractive location for companies searching for a new facility location, but far too much of our industrial real estate lies vacant, underutilized, or contaminated. The Port is working to ensure our region has the sites to compete, preparing land for new manufacturing investment and job creation.

Industrial

2019 IMPACT

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Site Readiness

Preparing underutilized manufacturing sites for business retention and attraction

399 jobs &
$29MM capital investment

anticipated impact from 25 acres acquired in 2019

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Environmental Stewardship

Taking on challenging sites to abate environmental hazards for the safety of nearby residents and workers

53,367 gallons

of contaminated water recovered and

787 tons

of contaminated soil removed from two former gas station sites in Avondale

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Third-Party Project Management

Providing project management and grant administration for municipalities and organizations

Created and managed roadmap for Kao USA, Inc. expansion retaining

525 jobs
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PUBLIC FINANCE

The Port’s Public Finance practice supported 13 transformational projects throughout the region. When completed, these developments will bring an anticipated 750+ jobs and 1,250 new housing units to Hamilton County as well as new office, retail, residential, educational, cultural, and hospitality space.

Finance

2019 IMPACT

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 development finance 

Offering a unique toolset of development finance options for transformative developments.

$360 MM

in financing issued

$553MM

total investment of financed projects

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revolving loan funds

Filling a funding gap for housing development and tenant improvements in business districts

10

affordable home rehabs financed through the Housing Revitalization Loan Fund

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down payment assistance

Providing homebuyers with down payment / closing cost assistance throughout the State of Ohio

470+

individuals and families assisted

$64MM

in loan volume

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NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

At the core of the Port’s Neighborhood work is transformation of blighted and vacant properties into community assets.  We strive to create opportunities for homeownership and entrepreneurship and to support other creative placemaking in communities. From affordable and market-rate housing development, to stabilizing neighborhood business districts, to finding new end-users for vacant property, we work with neighborhood partners to achieve and support their goals.

Neighborhood

2019 IMPACT

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 housing 

Providing housing options across multiple price points ranging from affordable to market-rate

18 homes

built or rehabbed

$3.17MM

value added as a result of home sales

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commercial

Delivering modern, development-ready street-front retail where local, independent businesses can thrive.

51

commercial properties impacted

32 anticipated jobs

retained/created through DREAM Loan Fund

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landbanking

Putting vacant, blighted properties back to productive use through the Hamilton County Landbank.

182 properties

put back to productive use

$729,668

in tax revenue collected from former Landbank properties