Cincinnati Preservation Association Recognizes The Port and Hamilton County Landbank with Special Merit Awards

At its 54th Annual Meeting on December 2, 2018 at Music Hall, the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) recognized The Port with a Special Merit Award 2018 for keeping the memory of the Cincinnati Gardens alive by donating the iconic letters for the beloved arena to the American Sign Museum, where they were repurposed and rearranged to read, “Cincinnati Sign Garden.”

CPA awarded the Hamilton County Landbank a Special Merit Award 2018 for stabilizing the Flatiron Building on Sycamore Street. The Flatiron was recommended for stabilization by CPA. Anchoring the wedge-shaped corner of Auburn and Sycamore since the late 1800s, the building has been vacant for over twenty years. The stabilization by SSRG was funded by the City of Cincinnati and managed by the Landbank.



Two Public Finance Projects Recognized with NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards

The Cincinnati City Club Apartments was recognized as the 2018 Multi-Family Deal of the Year by NAIOP Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. The 294 apartment and retail complex opened in April 2018 after an extensive rehabilitation project.

The Port owns the property through a capital lease agreement. The Port’s ability to offer an innovative, cost saving tool helped preserve this significant structure in our city’s urban core.

The Summit Hotel was named the 2018 Hospitality Deal of the Year by NAIOP Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. The hotel has 239 rooms with 34,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space: including an 11,000 square foot terrace/garden.

RBM Development worked closely with the City of Cincinnati, REDI and The Port. The Port, along with the City, helped provide the finance portions of the hotel as well as the overall project in Madisonville.

2018 NAIOP Awards

Gail Paul, VP of Communication Strategy, and Melissa Johnson, VP of Industrial Development, at The Port are presented with the NAIOP Night of the Stars award by Tommy Gusweiler, Leasing Manager at Neyer Properties and 2018 Cincinnati NAIOP Chapter President.


OEDA Honors The Port with Innovation Award for DREAM Loan Fund

The Port's DREAM Loan Fund, established with support from The Kresge Foundation, won the 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association.

The fund has provided loans toward the costs associated with the buildout of storefronts for six small and microenterprise minority tenants new to Walnut Hills.

2018 OEDA Innovation Award

Chris Schmenk, Bricker & Eckler, The Port's Director of Commercial Development Robert Sanders and Chris Xeil Lyons, OEDA 2018 Board President.



CDFA Excellence in Development Finance Innovation Award


The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) awarded The Port the 2017 Excellence in Development Finance Innovation Award at the organization's national summit held in Atlanta.

"This first of its kind impact investment in a development finance agency will drive urban revitalization and serve disinvested communities, which serves as a model for future engagements between philanthropy and development finance agencies."


Easterseals Hero

Individuals served by Easterseals would not be as prepared for success in the workplace without real-life work experiences. Those experiences are made possible by organizations, businesses, and people across Greater Cincinnati who understand the importance of investing in the future workforce and creating opportunities for growth and excellence.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) has been an invaluable partner in creating such opportunities. Its longstanding commitment to fighting urban blight and creating inclusive growth has been a perfect match for Easterseals’ programs Building Value and YouthBuild.


Adopt-A-Class Best Team

The Adopt A Class Foundation connects businesses and civic groups with students in our economically challenged schools, and they offer multiple ways for individuals, corporations, and organizations to get involved in furthering their mission throughout Greater Cincinnati.

On June 1, Adopt A Class held their 2017 End of Year Celebration, and The Port was honored to be awarded Best Team for a Community / Government Group. The award was accepted by team leader, Brandon Gumm.

"The Port Authority has been with Adopt A Class for 4 years. Brandon and his team have successfully impacted the lives of many students at Bond Hill Academy through their excellent activities and dedication to the program."

Adopt A Class Foundation



OEDA 2016 Award of Excellence

The Port Authority is honored to be among the winners of Ohio Economic Development Association’s (OEDA) 2016 annual Excellence Awards. The Port Authority was honored October 20 with an Award of Excellence for its work to revitalize industrial sites in Hamilton County to attract  advanced manufacturing.




2015 OH-KY Construction Summit

Deborah Robb, a long-time champion of inclusive practice, was honored October 7, 2015 at the Ohio Kentucky Construction Summit for her advocacy and impact. Deborah was runner-up for the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Advocate of the Year award, presented annually.

2015 Special Recognition Award

Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (LandBank) received a 2015 Special Recognition Award from Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) for the stabilization of 1706 Lang Street property in Over-the-Rhine. The award was presented at CPA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.

Green Product / Service Award

The Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2015 Green Business Awards recently recognized our partnership with Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) as a Nonprofit Winner for their Product/Service category. The Port Authority/Energy Alliance partnership led to the successful adoption of the innovative PACE financing (GC-PACE) for the City of Cincinnati and its implementation on an industrial property owned by the Port Authority in Roselawn.




Excellence in Bond Finance Award

The Port Authority was awarded the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)'s Excellence in Bond Finance Award for their support of the Dunnhumby Centre (now 84.51) project.

2014 Merlin Pope Award

Deborah Robb was honored at the June 5, 2014 Cincinnati Human Relations Commission annual dinner as recipient of the Merlin G. Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award. Deborah was also recently named a Communication Alumni Champion by her alma mater, the University of Cincinnati Department of Communication.


2014 Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award

As the Cincinnati Horseshoe Casino celebrated its one-year anniversary, the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented Horseshoe with the Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award at its annual meeting on March 5, 2014. The inaugural Sudduth award recognizes local businesses for exemplary commitment to incorporating better diversity into its business practices. During construction, the casino project created 2,000 jobs, with 37 percent of contracts awarded to minority business enterprise (MBE) and women business enterprise (WBE) firms. Upon opening, 23 percent of casino operational contracts were sourced from diversity suppliers.

The Rock Ohio Caesars/Horseshoe Casino team, which included the African American Chamber of Commerce, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, and James Clingman and Associates, represented a collaborative model that brought together the developer, construction management and economic inclusion policy and outreach experts to drive MBE/WBE engagement, plan and execute outreach and monitor inclusion.

2014 Excellence in Economic Inclusion Award

The Port Authority received the award for Excellence in Economic Inclusion in the Developer Category at the 2014 OH-KY Construction Summit Awards, presented by Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Messer Construction, and TriVersity




Local Preservation Excellence Award

A historic downtown renovation is among seven projects to receive the 2013 Cincinnati Preservation Association’s Award for Local Preservation Excellence. The Reserve at Fourth & Race began as a brownfield redevelopment project with use of Clean Ohio Funds, with the Port Authority overseeing the environmental services work and asbestos abatement of the 15-story, mostly vacant building.