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Cincinnati Chamber Awards Businesses that “Ignite Action”
Cincinnati Chamber announces winners for inaugural Ignite Action awards,
celebrates memory of former Chamber public relations pro, Ray “Buz” Buse.

CINCINNATI – October 26, 2017– The Cincinnati Chamber announced winners of the inaugural Ignite Action awards, held October 25 at the Westin Cincinnati. The celebration recognized outstanding regional Cincinnati businesses, from start-ups to seasoned veterans.

Ignite Action highlighted accomplishments in three categories.
The finalists are below. Winners are in bold:

Leading with a Bold Voice for Business – These companies/organizations led bold change in our community, either through public advocacy, new major investments, or significant strategic and innovative change.

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • ConnXus
  • Vantiv
  • Verst Group Logistics

“This year, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center announced a $550 million expansion that will create jobs, improve critical care facilities and increase capacity to serve more children,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “While doctors, scientists and researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are putting Cincinnati on the map as a center for bio-medical innovation, they also are creating a huge economic impact for the whole region.”

Expanding the Talent Base – These companies/organizations are passionate about developing and/or attracting talent within the Cincinnati region or are finding new ways to connect skilled workers to potential employers.

  • Cincinnati Works
  • Festo
  • Fifth Third Bank/Best Upon Request
  • tilr
  • Total Quality Logistics (TQL)

“In addition to their new facility and the jobs they’ve created in Mason, Festo has partnered with Sinclair Community College and TechSolve to create an apprentice program in mechatronics,” added Ms. Meyer. “This program, which is quickly becoming a template for job training across the nation, provides hands-on training and the opportunity to earn as associate's degree.”

Harnessing the Power of the Region's Unique Offerings – These companies/organizations are drawing positive attention to Cincinnati through new products, unique experiences, and inventive business models.

  • Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC)
  • Four Entertainment Group (4EG)
  • MadTree Brewing
  • Matthew 25: Ministries
  • Western & Southern Open

“MadTree is sending a message to the country that Cincinnati’s rich brewing culture is back and here to say,” said Ms. Meyer. “MadTree brewed Batch One just four years ago. Now, they’ve opened Madtree 2.0 in Oakley and expanded to new Ohio and Kentucky markets. Along the way, they’ve created neighborhood partnerships to not just brew and tap, but to be an integral part of our regional communities.”

Additionally, the Cincinnati Chamber awarded its first-ever Cincinnati Buz Award to Kyla Woods, former WLWT on-air personality and current communications lead and storyteller for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The award is named in memory of the late Raymond “Buz” Buse III, former public relations professional for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Buse enjoyed nearly 17 years with the Cincinnati Chamber. He passed in 2012.

“Kyla Woods is a great friend to the Cincinnati Chamber as well as a booster, ambassador and cheerleader for our region,” said Brendon Cull, senior vice president and COO for the Cincinnati Chamber. “Kyla’s spirit continues the legacy left by Ray Buse, a dreamer who creatively and passionately celebrated Cincinnati every day."

Ignite Action was presented by First Financial Bank. Supporting sponsors were Humana and PNC. The media partner was the Cincinnati Business Courier.

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. It does this by serving as a bold voice for the interests of its 4,000-member businesses and their more than 300,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to expanding the region's talent base by attracting new residents and finding new ways to connect employers to skilled workers. And, by harnessing the power of Cincinnati USA’s unique offerings, implementing regional vision, and through intentional inclusion in everything we do, the Chamber is on a path to help transform this region into the hottest city in America. For more information, visit

Contact: Rich Walburg, Communications Director, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber,
513.579.3194 Direct, 513.205.7424 Mobile,

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