May 13, 2014
Cincy In NYC
@CincyInNYC: Smashing Success
Nearly 2K Cincinnatians took the Big Apple by storm last week for Cincy In NYC, and by every measure, the trip was a huge success! The unique collaboration of Cincinnati’s major arts and business communities –Ballet, Opera, Symphony Orchestra, May Festival, Playhouse in the Park, Art Museum, Taft Museum, CCM – plus chefs and CEOs – shared the Queen City’s unique personality through once-in-a-lifetime performances, long-lasting connections and dynamite creative from LPK.
It all started when Cincinnati Ballet board member Julie Shifman was asked to chair the Ballet’s 50th Anniversary tour to New York City. Shifman quickly discovered that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus would be performing at Carnegie Hall during the same week as the Ballet.
“I knew there was an opportunity to turn a coincidence into something bigger,” said Shifman, featured here with Today Show weather anchor Dylan Dreyer (left). Shifman lead the organization effort with her husband, Michelman ceo Steve Shifman and co-chairs Lee and Shannon Carter. “Representatives from all of our city’s major arts organizations joined the cause and created a pilot program that has become so much more than just talented performers. What we did here was unprecedented. We’re using everything the city has to offer to position it as a destination for arts and culture appreciation and depth of talent, and also for business and economic opportunity.”
Johnna Reeder, CEO of REDI Cincinnati, the regional economic development initiative, and REDI executive board chair Tom Williams, CEO of North American Properties, teamed with business and community leaders Mayor John Cranley, Steve Shifman, River City Furniture CEO Carl Satterwhite, P&G State Government Relations & Ohio Community Relations Director Brian Hodgett, Chamber CEO Brian Carley, Duke Energy ED Director David Smith, REDI VP Trevor Hamilton, Hamilton County ED VP Harry Blanton, JobsOhio Director of Sales Lee Crume, Blue Ash ED Director Neil Hensley, Warren County ED Director Martin Russell, and Northern Kentucky Tri-ED CEO Dan Tobertge to share the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana story in a two-and-a-half day blitz with 23 East Coast-based business leaders and site selectors. Festo Americas CFO Sven Doerge, joined by Corp Comm Manager Andre Ziomek, shared the story of his Long Island-based company's upcoming expansion to Mason, citing our region's "great access to high-tech manufacturing talent in southwest Ohio -- plus DHL 'on the doorstep'."
P&G North America Group President Melanie Healey, Port Authority CEO Laura Brunner and ShareThis inventor and Cintrifuse Fund Manager Tim Schigel joined regional leaders in conducting business meetings and media briefings with a variety of NY-headquartered media outlets, including: Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, CNBC's Squawk Box, FOX News, AP, Conde Nast, Family Circle, PBS, Mashable, LHJ, Huffington Post, CNN-Money, and People – plus some fun gallery appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America.
Between performances and business meetings, Jean Robert de Cavel organized a Chef's Dinner at the Daniel Beard House with Boca's David Falk, Senate's Daniel Wright and Nectar's Julie Francis, and the Cincinnati USA CVB, DCI, Source Cincinnati, RTN and Mayor Cranley hosted media and ex-pats from the region at Edward's, a Tribeca restaurant known for its monthly "Cincinnati nights." Owned by uncle of Cincinnati native and former Boston Red Sox and NY Yankee Kevin Youkilis, guests at Edward's were treated to Gold Star Chili, Graeter's Ice Cream, Montgomery Inn ribs and Cincinnati-brewed Little Kings and Hudepohl, too. Below, Chamber CEO Brian Carley (right) and guests visit with FOX anchor, Cincinnati native Bill Hemmer (center).
REDI chief Reeder, featured above with Mayor Cranley before their Squawk Box appearance, commented, “Cincy In NYC gave our region a phenomenal opportunity to celebrate our fantastically-talented artists, and a perfect segue for our business and community leaders to talk about ‘why Cincinnati’ – from the presence of more Fortune® 500 firms, per capita, than New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, to the region’s history of innovation, our thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem – and the $2.6 billion investment in our urban core from the Banks to Fountain Square to OTR. It’s happening here, and we’re in good company.”