Vice President, Neighborhood Development
Michael Smith joined The Port as Vice President, Neighborhood Development in 2018 to lead community outreach efforts and stakeholder relationships. Smith joined The Port after a 14-year career leading and growing relationships as Vice President, Regional Business Banking Sales Manager at PNC Bank.
In this role, Michael works 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 is active in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood as a Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Ensemble Theater Board Member and a member of the planning committee for the Tender Mercies fundraiser, Taste of OTR.
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.