To support inclusion efforts and equitable development opportunities, the Department of Community and Economic Development launched the Advancing Diversity in Development (ADD) initiative in November 2015.
The on-going effort kicked-off with three events this fall, beginning with a director’s roundtable where city officials joined local minority stakeholders, majority developers and construction companies to learn feedback and suggestions for increasing minority participation. In collaboration with the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, we hosted national and local minority developers for an up close look at Cincinnati’s economic development opportunities. The event included a bus tour that highlighted the diversity of the City’s various neighborhoods and showcased opportunities for development. The last event in the series was a Meet and Match outreach session designed to actively match certified SBEs suppliers with City local developers.
In 2016, we are actively working to create events and opportunities through the ADD initiative that will enable the Department to not only meet but exceed inclusion goals.
For more information regarding the City of Cincinnati’s inclusion efforts please visit: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/inclusion/