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Interactive Job Hubs Map Launched by Cincinnati Chamber, OKI, REDI Partnership

Innovative new tool will identify region’s densest areas of employment and detail how accessible they are to jobs by car or public transit

CINCINNATI— February 18, 2019 – A partnership of The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), and REDI Cincinnati is launching an interactive map that identifies the Cincinnati region’s densest employment hubs and details their accessibility to the workforce via car or public transit. The Job Hubs tool will highlight areas of improvement for regional transit access and infrastructure.

“We are focused on creating a connected region,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “The data this new tool provides will help us make smarter investments in transportation to fuel talent attraction and economic development.”

Part of The Connected Region initiative, the Job Hubs tool will inform public officials, economic developers, transportation and planning leaders, and the general public on the hubs of activity and commerce that need to be connected. Because these hubs maximize resources including utilities, transportation and infrastructure, there are unique opportunities for talent attraction and the development of industry-specific hubs that differentiate our region when attracting and growing new businesses.

“Getting workers to work is the number one problem faced by employers and employees,” said Mark Policinski, CEO for the OKI Regional Council of Governments. “This dynamic map, which OKI supplied the data backbone, can greatly help in solving that problem.” 

Hubs were defined based on employer density and number of employers, as well as alignment with local government patterns and economic development opportunities. The project, focused on the eight-county Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region, uses United States Department of Labor data and has been validated by both local government and transportation leaders in our region.

“Connecting our region requires partnerships like this to succeed,” said Kimm Lauterbach, President and CEO for REDI Cincinnati. “Greater Cincinnati is in a better position to improve infrastructure in the region thanks to the work of OKI and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.”

The Job Hubs tool is available on OKI’s website and The Connected Region website for all to review and use. Future phases of work include mapping access to regional health care and education hubs.

About The Connected Region
The Connected Region is a vision for transportation developed by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber with a goal of guiding our region’s transportation investments and shaping the decision-making process to connect more people to jobs, education, health care and all that the Cincinnati region has to offer.

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 www.cincinnatichamber.com.

About OKI
OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and economic development potential of the Tri-State.

About REDI Cincinnati
The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 15-county region at the heart of Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. REDI is supported by top business leaders and community partners and staffed by a team of economic development experts who are uniting the Greater Cincinnati region to compete globally.

Contact: Rich Walburg, Communications Director, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
                513.579.3194 Direct, 513.205.7424 Mobile, rwalburg@cincinnatichamber.com.

Contact: Lorrie Platt, Director of Communication & Legislative Affairs, OKI Regional 
               Council of Governments, 513.619.7670 Direct, lplatt@oki.org

Contact: Jacob Hesseling, Manager, Communications & Operations, REDI Cincinnati,
                513.579.3162 Direct, 740.497.8498 Mobile, jhesseling@redicincinnati.com

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