Lincoln Heights Leader Joins The Hamilton County Landbank’s Board of Directors


February 28, 2024


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Cincinnati, OH, February 28, 2024 – The Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (the Hamilton County Landbank) announced today that its board of directors has confirmed the appointment of Tonya Key as its newest member. Mrs. Key, a dedicated public servant and resident of Lincoln Heights, currently serves the Village as a council member.

After receiving the nomination of Mrs. Key from the Hamilton County Municipal League, the Landbank’s board president, Hamilton County Treasurer Jill Schiller, brought the appointment to a vote at the board’s first meeting of the year on February 27th, where Key’s appointment was unanimous.

“I am confident that Tonya Key is going to be an excellent addition to the Landbank board,” said Schiller. “I value the insight she will bring to this work while also maintaining the representation of our outer-ring municipalities, which are crucial to ensure equity and perspective remain top of mind as we execute our mission,” she added.

As a sixth-generation villager, Mrs. Key has played a pivotal role in the community's growth and revitalization for more than a decade. In addition to her responsibilities on the Village Council, Key holds the position of Workforce Transition Coordinator at the Princeton City School District, where she assists students in identifying their career goals and supports them in their professional and career development journeys. Her expertise in community development aligns perfectly with the Landbank's mission.

"Joining the Landbank board allows me to contribute to regional challenges and opportunities related to land use, housing, and community development,” said Tonya Key. “Having witnessed the transformative power of collaboration between the Landbank, The Port, and the Homesteading and Urban Redevelopment Corporation in Lincoln Heights, I'm eager to play a role in expanding its impact across the county."

“Tonya possesses a deep understanding of local challenges and opportunities associated with community development,” said Philip Denning, executive vice president of The Port. “Her addition strengthens our commitment to fostering community-centered relationships for greater regional impact,” Denning continued.

Key will serve a two-year term. She fills a vacancy left by Joyce Powdrill, who recently completed her board term.


About the Hamilton County Landbank:

The Hamilton County Landbank was incorporated in 2011 to return vacant properties to productive use through the tools statutorily provided by the County Treasurer and by leveraging the resources of the Landbank’s executive arm, The Port. In cooperation with governmental and non-governmental partners and private developers, the Landbank focuses on providing diverse commercial and residential opportunities through catalytic investment in neighborhoods to improve community quality of life, abate blighted, nuisance properties, and return unproductive properties to contributing tax-paying status.


About The Port:

The Port was formed in 2001 to stimulate growth of the regional economy. Partnering with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Port works to redevelop manufacturing and residential communities to build the foundation of job creation and livable, viable communities where residents can experience economic prosperity. For additional information, please visit


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