Transformative regional project must include small, minority businesses

 Transformative regional project must include small, minority businesses


Eric H. Kearney

It’s a uniquely exciting time for minority and small businesses in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati’s leaders urgently need to seize this opportunity!

There are three transformative projects of note happening in our region – the building of a new companion bridge crossing the Ohio River to enhance travel; the development of the new Cincinnati Convention District which will include an expansion of the Duke Energy Convention Center as well as a convention hotel; and farther north, but no less important, the Intel semiconductor fab in Licking County, Ohio. Taken as a whole, these are critical to the economic stability and success of our community.

These three projects – all generational opportunities to improve our community –  represent $22.5 billion in investment: the bridge project is budgeted at nearly $2 billion; the renovation of the Duke Energy Convention Center and a new headquarter hotel will cost close to $500 million; and the Intel fabs are a $20 billion investment.



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