City of Hamilton, Ohio Third Quarter 2016
In This Issue
New Apartment Project Announced Downtown
South Hamilton Crossing Groundbreaking
Hamilton Mill is a Center of Water Innovation
Hamilton Mill Becomes a Certified Kauffman FastTrac Affiliate
BCRTA Holds Mobile Job Fair Along R6 Route
We Are Hamilton Video Debut
Revitalization Continues on Historic Main Street
Hamilton Chosen for National Creative Placemaking Immersion Program
Drone Racing League Films in Hamilton
New Property Acquisition on Main Street
City of Hamilton Receives IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award
ODW Logistics & Transportation Services Growing
Downtown Hamilton Bustling with Fall Events
Property Highlight
Job Opportunities
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New Apartment Project Announced Downtown
Development would create retail space and nearly 100 apartment units
 
South Hamilton Crossing Groundbreaking
Railroad Crossing Upgrade over 100 Years in the Making
Construction on the South Hamilton Crossing project began in mid-July and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. This project consists of the grade separation, in the form of an overpass, of the dangerous and confusing at-grade rail crossing and will improve access to University Commerce Park, the Miami University Hamilton campus, and Vora Technology Park (now home to Barclaycard). The first proposal for this project was over 100 years ago. In January 2010, the City of Hamilton and Butler County Transportation Improvement District coordinated efforts with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments to make this most recent proposal a reality. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on August 17, 2016. Learn more about the South Hamilton Crossing project by clicking here.

(Pictured from left to right: Public Works Director Rich Engle, Butler County TID Chairman Jim Blount, U.S. Representative Warren Davidson, Ohio Department of Transportation Environmental Engineer Keith Smith, Ohio Representative Wes Rutherford, Vice Mayor Carla Fiehrer, Mayor Pat Moeller, Stuart Zorn from the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Robert Braggs from the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman)
Hamilton Mill is a Center of Water Innovation
Region has potential to become "Silicon Valley" of water technology
 
With the announcement of Pipeline H20, a new water-tech commercialization program that officially opened to applications on September 12, the Hamilton Mill has become the place for water-innovation companies to cluster. This water-tech initiative, managed by the Mill in partnership with regional cities, utilities, universities, and other organizations, will provide both new and established companies with mentorship, help in securing venture capital, and a willing beta-testing market. As the site of the first federally-funded water technology in 1913 and as home to an abundance of water in streams, rivers, and a 1.5-trillion-gallon aquifer, the greater Cincinnati has long been home to water-based technology and innovation.  Applications for Pipeline close on November 11; click here to apply today.
Hamilton Mill Becomes a Certified Kauffman FastTrac Affiliate
Courses provide area entrepreneurs with business training
 
The Hamilton Mill has recently begun offering FastTrac courses and workshops to those looking to both start and grow their own business. Their first paid course, the Intentional Entrepreneur, will take place on October 13 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Click here for more information or to sign up for this class. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the world's largest foundation devoted solely to entrepreneurship, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. FastTrac develops curricula to provide entrepreneurs with the tools, skills, and insights in order to become successful business owners. The Mill is now also offering free Small Business Administration classes on the third Friday of every month; click here to sign up for these courses. To read the Mill's press release about becoming a FastTrac Affiliate,  click here.
BCRTA Holds Mobile Job Fair Along R6 Route
Job fair promotes ridership and connects job seekers with companies
 
On August 29, the BCRTA partnered with the City of Hamilton, Ohio Means Jobs, SELF, Community Behavioral Health, and the Lane Libraries to host a unique job fair. Participants rode the R6 Job Connector route and employers boarded the bus at the stop closest to their facility to give a brief explanation of open positions and their hiring process. Job seekers had the chance to ask questions and to speak to representatives from both social service agencies and employers. Lunch and a 30-day bus pass were provided, and over 100 job seekers registered to attend.  Click here to read the Journal-News article about the job fair.
We Are Hamilton Video Debut
Video showcases people making a difference in Hamilton
 
Last year's We Are Hamilton video, which showcased the revitalization that has taken place in the City of Hamilton over the past few years, has been seen by over 65,000 people. This year, Community First Solutions and the City of Hamilton collaborated once again to create the second We Are Hamilton video, which showcases the efforts of individuals who are making a difference in our community. This video premiered at the State of the City Address on September 22 along with a typography campaign and the We Are Hamilton website. Click here to find out more about the We Are Hamilton project.
Revitalization Continues on Historic Main Street
Activity includes Music on Main festival and new businesses

Music on Main, an annual holiday festival on historic Main Street, will take place on Friday, November 18th from 5-8:30pm. This festival is held by the Main Street Association, a group of business and property owners on Main Street who work together to make the neighborhood a destination spot for shopping and leisure.

Main Street has also seen a flurry of new business activity this quarter.  Pop Revolution, a custom framing store and art gallery, is now at 306 Main Street. In early September,  Creating Sacred Space opened at 229 Main Street and offers classes on alternative health practices. 330 Main Street is now home to SilverWing Sewing & Alternations, which opened on September 1. Unsung Salvage , at 212 Main Street, brings new life to forgotten objects through creative design and plans to open their doors in early November. Finally, Future Great Comics plans to open at 528 Main Street on Saturday October 8.

The Studio, a paint-your-own-pottery shop, celebrated its opening on September 16
Hamilton Chosen for National Creative Placemaking Immersion Program
Program aims to revitalize communities through arts, culture, & creativity
 
The City of Hamilton Community Development Department and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts have been selected as partners to participate in the Creative Placemaking Immersion Program. This year-long intensive program aims to build knowledge and advance creative placemaking initiatives in selected states as well as to revitalize communities and local economies by intentionally leveraging the power of arts, culture, and creativity.  There have been a number of recent arts projects the City has taken on in collaboration with local arts communities. The StreetSpark murals, completed over the summer on both Main and High Streets, were created primarily through the partnership between the City and the Fitton Center. Other recent arts projects supported by the City include fire hydrant painting by InsideOut Studio (pictured below) and the completion of the Artspace Lofts in Hamilton's urban core.  Click here to read more about the Creative Placemaking Immersion program.
Drone Racing League Films in Hamilton
ESPN's newest sport filmed at Champion Paper Mill in Hamilton 

The Drone Racing League (DRL) came to Hamilton to film the fourth level of their 2016 season on September 12-13. Drone racing is a new high speed competitive racing sport in which pilots fly small drones through three-dimensional obstacle courses. In Hamilton, pilots flew their drones through the old Champion Paper Mill, which was littered with obstacles such as a crashed UFO. This sport has been gaining popularity over recent years, and the DRL announced on September 14 that it will begin airing episodes on ESPN later this fall.

Read the New York Times article about DRL's ESPN announcement by clicking here.
Sneak peek of the Drone Racing League's obstacle course at Champion Paper Mill
New Property Acquisition on Main Street
Key properties will help the City's mission to revitalize Main Street

The City of Hamilton recently acquired two properties on Main Street that will aid in revitalization efforts in the historic business district. 103 Main Street, which has been underutilized for over 40 years, sits at the corner of Main and B Street overlooking the Great Miami River and is the ideal location for nightlife activity. 219 Main Street is an apartment building with unfinished units which will be renovated to continue to provide housing options on Main Street.
103 Main Street

219 Main Street
City of Hamilton Receives IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award
City recognized for 150 High Street redevelopment project
 
ODW Logistics & Transportation Services Growing
Company recognized by Inc 5000

ODW Logistics & Transportation Services began at the Hamilton Mill in 2009 and has proven to be one of their biggest success stories. The company made over $42 million in 2015 and has a three-year growth rate of 186%. ODW's 2016 Inc. 5000 rank was 2003, and they were rated 19th in a list of the top companies in Cincinnati. Click here to read more about ODW.
Downtown Hamilton Bustling with Fall Events
Many seasonal and historic events taking place in downtown Hamilton

In addition to monthly events such as the Hamilton Flea and Alive After 5, there are several annual or seasonal special events coming up that make downtown Hamilton a center of cultural and historic activity. Notably, the city is now celebrating its 225th anniversary (1791-2016) with a week-long series of events, starting with a birthday party at Municipal Brew Works and a concert by ZAPP Band at RiversEdge on September 30. Other events this week include Geocache Hamilton (10/2), Day in the Life of a Pioneer (10/1), and a historic activities scavenger hunt (10/3). Click here for more information on events this week.

Operation Pumpkin, an annual fall festival held the first weekend in October, has taken place on High Street every year since 2012. This year it will bring in big-name musical guests as well as a zip-line. Click here for more information on Operation Pumpkin, which will take place the weekend of October 7-9.

Hamilton's Christkindlmarkt is a traditional German Christmas Market held at the Marriott in German Village. This year the market will take place December 2-4. Click here for more information about the Christkindlmarkt, or click here for more information about the Christmas Walk that takes place concurrently in German Village.
Property Highlight: 150 High Street
 
150 High Street, which is currently for sale, sits in the heart of downtown Hamilton and recently underwent over $7 million of renovation. This building now houses STARTEK, a customer call center that will employ 700 people within the next 2 years, Kettering Medical Center offices, and several other retail units. The property is currently owned by CORE. If you are interested in purchasing this property, click here or contact Mark Murray at mark@corehamilton.org or by calling  513-275-1740.
Job Opportunities
Many fantastic openings at local growing businesses
 
Due both to the number of new businesses which have moved to Hamilton and to the growth of existing companies, there are many excellent job opportunities. Find out more about opportunities by calling 513-785-7043.

STARTEK  - click on Hamilton, OH in the location list on the left side
Barclays  - in the keyword search type in Hamilton, Ohio

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The City established the Business Development Team to make investing in Hamilton easier for current and future business owners. The Team focuses on assisting retail and commercial development. It is a single point of contact that coordinates between all necessary departments to help businesses from the first inquiry until the issuance of final occupancy. To contact the Business Development Team, call 513.785.7070 or email  startmeup@hamilton-oh.gov.

 

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