August 28, 2017

Gail Paul, VP of Communication Strategy
Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority


Long-time housing champion, Ms. Powell now managing neighborhood revitalization through Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation programs / policies

CINCINNATI – The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica L. Powell as Vice President of Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation. Jessica brings to the position more than 15 years of legal experience in the areas of housing and neighborhood improvement. She served as a Chief Counsel at the City of Cincinnati’s Law Department, where she focused on improving neighborhood quality of life through affirmative litigation and other strategic advocacy. Before that, she served as Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, LLC, where she focused on housing and education law.

Jessica’s experience includes advocacy related to affordable housing; litigation against nuisance properties and their owners; bringing national attention to predatory land sale contracts; and local and statewide legislative advocacy related to neighborhood blight.

In her new role, Jessica represents neighborhoods throughout Hamilton County and works closely with the Redevelopment Authority’s neighborhood revitalization team and community development corporations so that she can effectively support and lead holistic, program-driven initiatives that restore properties to productive use and improve quality of opportunity for everyone. She works closely with the City of Cincinnati and other jurisdictions and community stakeholders throughout Hamilton County to affect management and stewardship of the more than 700 Landbank-owned properties, to develop programs that reduce the number of blighted properties and to support Landbank strategic acquisition / disposition, stabilization and redevelopment programs.

Jessica’s new position was effective August 15, 2017. “Jessica has a wealth of expertise in the areas of neighborhood revitalization, and importantly, brings with her a passionate commitment to the betterment of underserved communities,” said Laura N. Brunner, President & CEO, Redevelopment Authority.

Jessica earned her Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and currently serves as a member on the Hamilton County Foreclosure Policy Group, Vacant Properties Task Force, and the City of Cincinnati’s Community Development Advisory Board. Past affiliations include board membership on Kenton County CASA and the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless.


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

About the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (Landbank or HCLRC):
The Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation was incorporated by the County Treasurer in 2011and is managed by the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority. Through this arrangement, the Landbank is able to promote the reclamation, rehabilitation, and reutilization of vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed or other real property in Hamilton County to the fullest extent possible within its legal and fiscal limitations. The Landbank’s mission is to return vacant properties to productive use through the tools statutorily provided to the HCLRC and by leveraging the resources of its executive arm, the Redevelopment Authority. Its primary operational funding comes from a percentage of collected delinquent real estate taxes and assessments, equaling about $2.02MM in 2017. More information at