June Bi-Monthly Newsletter

From new Welcome Home Ohio grant funding creating housing opportunities to the launch of The Port’s latest virtual tour featuring downtown, OTR, and Pendleton, we’re excited to share updates from the last two months at The Port!



Edition No. 19 | June 2024

Port CEO wins Upstander Award for making a difference

In early June, The Port’s President & CEO, Laura Brunner, received the inaugural Duke Energy Illuminator Award at The Holocaust and Humanity Center’s Upstander Awards Gala. The gala is part of a month dedicated to people who are making a difference in their communities by standing up for others in the face of injustice and inspiring others to do the same. The emcee for the gala was Debra Messing, Emmy Award-winning actress, producer, and social justice & human rights advocate. We congratulate Laura and all of the award winners for inspiring change in our region.

Port Shorts: Historic Stabilization – Moerlein Mansion

Cincinnati has a robust brewing heritage dating back to the 19th century. Watch our latest Port Short video to learn more about Cincinnati’s brewing history and the iconic buildings that need preserving to tell their stories for generations to come.

CNU 32 showcases Cincinnati Region

In May, multiple members of The Port team attended The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) 32 Conference held in Cincinnati. The theme was “Restorative Urbanism,” and conversations focused on new urbanism principles, policy, and the built environment. At the conference, Port Executive Vice President, Philip Denning, presented on the “Reimagining the Mill Creek” session discussing The Port’s work along the Mill Creek corridor and how it fits into larger regional efforts to invest in communities along the Mill Creek. Port President and CEO, Laura Brunner, spoke on the spectrum of The Port’s strategy and examples of its work in Hamilton County on the “Women Who Build Cincinnati” panel. It was a fantastic spotlight on the Cincinnati region and springboard for discussions on best practices from around the country.

The Port welcomes two new employees

The Port is thrilled to welcome two new esteemed employees to our team, Lindsey Florea (left) and Beth Lippert (right).

Lindsey serves as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development Services for The Port. She leads The Port’s Predevelopment and Development activities for residential, commercial, and industrial properties, including due diligence, environmental remediation, demolition, stabilization, and construction.

Director of Contract Compliance, Beth Lippert, manages contract and grant administration for The Port and its managed entities. She works across teams to identify compliance needs, establish reporting protocols, and independently monitor and audit our contract and grant programs. Beth sets up standard operating procedures and handles compliance work for grants and contracts, ensuring everything runs seamlessly.

We are excited to have them on board and help us make real estate work… for everyone.

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