The Port Names Michael Smith, Vice President, Neighborhood Development


Proven banking and community leader to manage neighborhood revitalization

CINCINNATI – The Port today announced that Michael Smith has been named Vice President, Neighborhood Development. Michael brings more than 14 years of banking leadership, management and community involvement to The Port. He joins The Port on September 19, 2018.

Most recently, Michael was Vice President, Regional Business Banking Sales Manager at PNC Bank. He has been active in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood as a Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Ensemble Theater Board Member and was a member of the planning committee for the Tender Mercies fundraiser, Taste of OTR.

“I’m excited about contributing to The Port’s mission and helping to make Cincinnati even more vibrant by fostering more opportunities in housing and commercial development in our focus neighborhoods. I believe The Port’s investments in real estate and redevelopment will achieve immeasurable long-term benefits for our communities,” said Smith. “My sincere thanks to Kay Geiger, President, PNC Bank – Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, for the leadership and management opportunities I gained throughout my tenure in banking.”

Michael will lead The Port’s community outreach efforts and stakeholder relationships as Vice President, Neighborhood Development. He will work closely with Jessica Powell, Vice President of the Hamilton County Landbank, to maximize The Port’s neighborhood outcomes. The neighborhood revitalization strategy includes advancing commercial business districts with minority and locally owned businesses and entrepreneurs in The Port’s focus neighborhoods.

“Michael’s passion for neighborhood improvement and bringing prosperity to the residents of Hamilton County is contagious,” shared Laura N. Brunner, President and CEO of The Port. “His experience growing relationships and building business banking loans are an asset to The Port as we work with community development corporations, neighborhood councils and developers to bring positive growth to disinvested neighborhoods.”

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science from Xavier University. He serves on the Greater Cincinnati Micro Enterprise Initiative Loan Committee, the City of Cincinnati Economic Inclusion Advisory Council and as Co-Chair of the Over the Rhine Chamber of Commerce Business Attraction and Retention Committee.

About The Port
The Port is a quasi-public agency that is the principal real estate and development finance specialist serving Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati. The Port both initiates redevelopment and manages projects on behalf of local governments and private institutions to improve property value and promote job creation. Our goal is to be inclusive of race, income, and age in housing and business development. More information: