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Integra Life Sciences

Award-winning project eliminates blight and aids job growth

The Integra Life Sciences Expansion project eliminated a blighted industrial structure as well as created new jobs and neighborhood investment, earning recognition at the 2013 OEDA awards for the cooperation and ingenuity of three regional economic development groups. The City of Cincinnati, the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority (Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority), and the Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership, each played a crucial role, with some calculated risks.

Integra, an established and growing life science company, had plans to add 60 more jobs, but lacked additional parking. To assist with expansion of the company in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Madisonville, the City and Redevelopment Authority acquired an adjacent site that for nearly 50 years housed a metal plating facility. The abandoned building sat on three acres of land that was ideal for additional parking, but was not owned by Integra, and had potential environmental challenges. Through the Redevelopment Authority’s 2010 U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment grant, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments were conducted. The environmental issues discovered were manageable; the building was demolished and paved over with asphalt for use as a parking lot.

Since the project began in the spring of 2012, Integra has added nearly 80 new jobs and invested approximately $3.3 million into their existing facility and the new parking lot.


  • 80 new full-time positions created
  • $3.3MM in total investment from Integra
  • 3 acres of land remediated and put back to productive use

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