May 29, 2018 – Laura Brunner, President and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority (GCRA), stated:

“We are excited that Major League Soccer is officially expanding to include FC Cincinnati (FCC). I congratulate FCC on achieving this milestone and bringing professional soccer to our city. Having an MLS team in Cincinnati is a major accomplishment and brings tremendous opportunity for neighborhood revitalization to the West End.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with FCC and the City of Cincinnati to bring our public finance expertise and tools to work to build the team’s new stadium in the West End. We are fully committed to the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and building on our existing relationship with the West End Community Council. I appreciate the backing of the GCRA Board of Directors and their commitment to supporting FCC, the City of Cincinnati and the West End.

The West End is a neighborhood of focus for GCRA, so throughout 2018 we have been meeting with Seven Hills Neighborhood Housing and LISC Greater Cincinnati to inform our work in the community and build community capacity. The housing study, included in the CBA, will provide stakeholders with a better understanding of the residential landscape in the West End and the priorities of residents. Our goal is to be the neighborhood’s public, collaborative partner to bring their strategy to life.”

Learn more about GCRA’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in the West End,

About the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority:

The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority is the new name of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority – changed in August 2017 by its Board of Directors to better reflect the 17-year-old agency’s revitalization mission and role in regional economic development. The Redevelopment Authority is a public, mission-driven development finance agency focused on revitalizing Hamilton County, Ohio, neighborhoods and legacy urban industrial sites. A port authority under Ohio Revised Code 4582, our diverse suite of programs and initiatives are structured to make significant impact to improve our region in ways that reduce poverty, improve land value and create well-paying jobs. The agency is governed by a board of directors appointed in equal number by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More information at