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Volume 7 / Issue 1 - The Port Updates
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NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

Rehabber in Cumminsville Is Transforming His Street

Milton Davis and Terry Lowery in front of 3720 Cass Avenue in Cumminsville.
After seeing a number of homes on his street in Cumminsville fall vacant and into disrepair with many being demolished over the years, Milton Davis purchased a home from the Hamilton County Landbank to rehab. Working with neighbor Terry Lowery, he is wrapping up rehab work on his second home on Cass Avenue.
“Instead of tearing down these houses, I want to bring them back to life with families living in them. Like there were when I was growing up here.”

Milton Davis, Rehabber and Resident of Cumminsville
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HAMILTON COUNTY LANDBANK

Top 10 Properties Sold in 2018

The Hamilton County Landbank announced its first Top 10 list – every property the Landbank sells has a story of transformation. These 10 vacant, abandoned properties will become gardens, new homes and even soccer fields.
SEE THE TOP 10 LIST

HAMILTON COUNTY LANDBANK

Former Home of 'Mr. Madisonville' Gets New Life

Details on the historic Metz House in Madisonville.
The redevelopment of the Metz House by the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC) began in May 2018. The former Landbank property has served as a residence, coffee shop, funeral home, doctor’s office and then a mortgage company before falling into foreclosure. Following renovation, the 41,000 square foot structure will house MCURC's offices and spaces for neighborhood entrepreneurs.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC METZ HOUSE

FOREIGN TRADE ZONES

Foreign Trade Zones Can Provide an Edge to Companies that Import

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) are designed to give companies that import high volume or high value products an advantage by expediting and encouraging foreign commerce in the U.S. To take the mystery out of how FTZs work, what kind of companies can benefit from them and what types of activities can be performed in an FTZ, the Foreign Trade Zones of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky created this video.

PORT PEOPLE

Laura Brunner Receives CLIMB Award and Is Named Mercantile Library Board President

In December 2018, The Port’s CEO and President Laura Brunner was recognized with Al. Neyer, Ed Rigaud and Albert Smitherman for the redevelopment of The Vernon Manor with a CLIMB (Cincinnati Lifts Inclusion and Minority Business) award. Ms. Brunner was an Executive VP with Al. Neyer in 2009 and led the company’s initiative to create an opportunity for African-American business leaders to take an ownership position in the Offices at Vernon Manor. Building equity and wealth among minorities is a priority that she pursues in her leadership role at The Port.

On January 15, 2019, Laura was named the president of the board of the Cincinnati Mercantile Library, established in 1835 as a membership library, at its 184th Annual Meeting.
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Upcoming Events

WED March 20, 2019: Port Bus Tour - East and West Price Hill

In the News

Planetizen: Land Bank Trends in 2018
National Community Stabilization Trust: Homesteading & Urban Redevelopment Corporation (HURC) 
Business Courier: Port authority to buy 2 downtown garages for $25.5 million 
Business Courier: Neyer Holdings to redevelop historic Flatiron Building
Business Courier - Kunst to restore 2 historical OTR buildings
Cincinnati Enquirer - Mariemont High School gets funding for $43 million face-lift
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