The Port’s Philip Denning Wins 40 Under 40 Award Honoring Economic Development Professionals

Cincinnati, OH, March 29, 2021 – Philip Denning, Executive Vice President of The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port), has been announced as a recipient of the 2021 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizing rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry.

The awards program is hosted by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based integrated marketing firm that works with economic development and travel organizations around the globe, and Jorgenson Consulting, a leading national executive search firm serving organizations in non-profit, economic, and community development industries. An independent selection committee of six economic development professionals and site selection consultants evaluated a record-number of 200-plus nominees.

This past year has demonstrated the importance of economic development in building and sustaining resilient communities,” said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice. “I’m especially impressed by the diverse perspectives and skillsets of this year’s winners as they lead communities to prioritize new ways of thinking, building inclusive and equitable economies, and bringing an attitude of fresh new ideas to the challenges in the industry. The economic development future is bright with these young leaders.”

Philip’s deep experience in economic development, both at the City of Cincinnati and at the Port, provides him a unique viewpoint of what works best in developing thriving neighborhoods,” said Laura N. Brunner, President and CEO of The Port. “He leads with a passion for growth for everyone’s benefit, and Philip has a rare ability to identify new ways to partner with both the private sector and local communities,” Brunner added.

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Denning, 35, joined The Port in January of 2020. Prior to joining The Port, Denning led economic development efforts for the City of Cincinnati. He currently leads a Neighborhood Revitalization team of 12 economic development professionals focused on housing redevelopment, commercial redevelopment, and the return of disinvested and vacant properties back to productive use. Denning also leads strategic planning for The Port’s strategic assets, including the Regal Theater, the Millennium Hotel, and the former Convention Center Mall.

The economic development industry is in good hands with these rising leaders,” said Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal of Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. “The communities they represent—from Tuxpan, Mexico to Covington, Kentucky to Québec, Canada—are fortunate to have the smart, innovative ideas of this year’s winners.”

DCI and Jorgenson officially announced the winners last night at a virtual awards reception held in conjunction with the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 awards program and this year’s winners, visit



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About DCI:

Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has designed integrated marketing campaigns for more than 500 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. Services include public relations, branding, research, websites, paid media, and talent attraction.

About Jorgenson Consulting:

Founded in 1992, Jorgenson Consulting has worked diligently over the past 29 years to establish itself as a premier national executive search firm. With a focus on the fields of non-profit, economic and community development, we partner with our clients to help them identify and secure the highest caliber of executive talent. Our goal is to develop a thorough understanding of our clients and leverage that knowledge with our own expertise and resources to source executive talent that can truly serve the organization by yielding economic benefits while also contributing to a community’s competitive advantage.