University of Cincinnati Real Estate Center to award The Port’s Laura Brunner with Highest Honor


March 16, 2023

Port CEO wins “Distinguished Real Estate Service Award”

Cincinnati, OH, March 16, 2023 – The University of Cincinnati (UC) Real Estate Center announced today that The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority’s President and CEO, Laura Brunner, will receive the 2023 Distinguished Real Estate Service Award. Earmarked for a real estate professional who best exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit and concern for their community, Brunner was selected amongst her peers for this lifetime achievement.

“The selection of Laura Brunner as the 2023 Distinguished Service Award recipient is both well-deserved and a testament to her many years of service to the Greater Cincinnati real estate community,” said Carl Goertemoeller, Executive Director of the UC Real Estate Center. “She embodies all of the qualities reflected in our past honorees and will serve as a benchmark for the future honorees.”

Throughout her career, Brunner has consistently challenged the status quo and leaned into risks to improve the quality of life for all Cincinnatians. In 2022, Brunner gained national recognition when she led the unprecedented effort to acquire 194 single-family homes from an out-of-town investor to keep the American dream of homeownership alive for local residents. She is committed to reducing the racial wealth gap through real estate equality, passionate about the arts and social service, and has spent more than a decade leading The Port’s commercial, industrial, public finance, and residential development strategies.

“It is remarkable to win this award at such a pivotal point in the real estate industry,” said Brunner. “As the landscape evolves and the players change, the people we can serve through increasing access and expanding opportunity will remain my north star. I am committed to this work and dedicated to continuing to help shape the possibilities of real estate in this region to ensure we make the highest impact for the good of everyone. Thank you to UC Real Estate for recognizing my passion for this work.”

Brunner will be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award at the 32nd Annual Real Estate Center & Program Dinner on June 14, 2023, at Music Hall. Recognized as the premiere real estate event in the city, the evening attracts 600 attendees to share in industry camaraderie and recognize both student award winners and real estate scholarship recipients.

Registration for the annual dinner starts Thursday, March 23, 2023. For a list of past honorees, click here.


About The UC Real Estate Center:

Established in the 1983-84 academic year, the University of Cincinnati Real Estate Center sits at the intersection of industry leaders, students, academic programs, high-quality research, and the real estate community. It is a resource for students and industry leaders to network and become immersed in the real estate industry. As the UC Real Estate Center approaches its 40th year, the program grows, reaching global connections through local, national, and international involvement and successful and engaged alums. For additional information, please visit

About The Port:

The Port was formed in 2001 to stimulate the growth of the regional economy. Partnering with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Port works to redevelop manufacturing and residential communities to build the foundation of job creation and livable, viable communities where residents can experience economic prosperity. For additional information, please visit

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