The Uptown Innovation Corridor is creating a magnet for high-growth, tech and creative companies and the people they employ — all by leveraging Uptown’s unique assets.


Expand opportunities for Uptown residents

A key measure of the Uptown Innovation Corridor’s success is the degree to which the residents of Uptown benefit from it.

Serve as an economic engine for the region

The Corridor serves to aid in the growth of the Uptown anchor institutions and local businesses by providing an infusion of talent, ideas and spin-off companies.

Provide a focal point for the expansion of the regional innovation ecosystem

The Corridor helps the thriving Greater Cincinnati innovation ecosystem continue its remarkable growth by providing physical space and collaboration opportunities for the vigorous exchange of ideas.


View a draft of the Uptown Innovation Corridor master plan, including development principles, here.


Objectives & Development Framework

The Uptown Innovation Corridor continues to unfold in a manner consistent with the vision and goals, and with a focus on the needs of the Uptown neighborhoods, the Greater Cincinnati innovation ecosystem and the broader innovation economy.


Buildings ARE BEING designed with a focus on excellence and an understanding of the innovation economy’s needs

  • New structures will conform to established design guidelines and be evaluated by an architectural review advisory board

  • Spaces will enhance collaboration through flexibility and inherent collision

The Corridor footprint leverages its Uptown location, and Emphasizes:

  • Connectivity to Uptown neighborhoods and anchor institutions

  • Gateways & enhanced wayfinding

  • Varied housing choices

  • Multi-modal transportation (bus rapid transit, parking, a shared shuttle, bicycle infrastructure, and a new transit center)

The external environment will encourage both community health and collaboration through:

  • Walking, biking and connectivity

  • Public art

  • Intentional places for collaboration
    (benches, green space)

A concerted effort of inclusion and community development

  • Fostering minority and women-owned businesses in the Corridor

  • Ensuring safe and livable streets

  • Investing in existing housing stock and infill housing

  • Community events to connect and engage with residents

An aggressive marketing effort will tell the Corridor's story

  • Strategic communications

  • Storytelling through earned, owned and shared media

  • A collective effort

Integration with the regional innovation ecosystem MEANS:

  • Relationships, collaboration, and shared resources

  • Programming to drive collaboration and networking

View a draft of the uptown innovation corridor design guidelines

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Conceptual development opportunity

A district concept plan for the Uptown Innovation Corridor featuring maps of the planned commercial developments in Uptown Cincinnati.

Uptown innovation corridor vision

A map with 3D renderings of the planned Uptown Innovation Corridor developments in Uptown Cincinnati.

Steering Committee

Partnership is at the heart of the Uptown Innovation Corridor Steering Committee. 


David Mann, City of Cincinnati
Mary Beth McGrew, University of Cincinnati
Kathy Atkinson, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Bob Bertsch, City of Cincinnati
Matt Bourgeois, Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Wade Chapman, Christopher Wade Chapman Agency, Nationwide Insurance
Chris Dobrozsi, Neyer Properties/MLK Investors I, LLC
Michael Ealy, Corryville Community Council
David Foxx, Queen City Hills LLC
Carol Gibbs, Mt. Auburn Community Development Corporation
Russell Hairston, Avondale Development Corporation
Peter Horton, Terrex Development & Construction
Catherine Ingram, Mt. Auburn Community Council
Martha Kelly, City of Cincinnati
Katherine Keough-Jurs, City of Cincinnati
Rich Kiley, CoMADE
William Kilroy, Kilroy Restaurants, Inc.
Christie Kuhns, UC Health
Shree Kulkarni, Kulkarni Properties/MLK Investors I, LLC.
Daniel Luther, Corryville Community Development Corporation

Michael Mack, New Friendship Baptist Church
Jack Martin, CUFNA
Marvin Masterson, North Avondale Neighborhood Association
Ted Meyer, SORTA/Metro
Allen Miller, UC Health
Toni Miller, Walnut Hills Area Council
Patricia Milton, Avondale Community Council
Dan Neyer, Neyer Properties/MLK Investors I, LLC
Jim Plichta, TriHealth
John Reiser, City of Cincinnati
Joyce Rich, Clifton Town Meeting
Ed Riguad, Queen City Hills LLC
Beth Robinson, Uptown Consortium, Inc.
Tom Rowe, Terrex Development & Construction
Emily Sheckels Ahouse, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation 
Franz Stansbury, Uptown Consortium, Inc.
Beth Stautberg, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Bill Witten, WEB Ventures
Maura Wolf, North Avondale Neighborhood Association & Business Association
Linda Ziegler, CUF Community Council
Brooke Duncan, Uptown Consortium, Inc.


Consultant Team

The Uptown Consortium partners with content-experts to advance the Uptown Innovation Corridor. 


DSD Advisors, Public Policy Consultant
GBBN Architects, Architecture Firm
Landwise Advisors, Market and Economic Analysis Firm
MKSK, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design Firm
NorthPointe Advisory Services, Development Consultant
RCLCO, Real Estate Development Firm
ROK Consulting, Communications Consultant
SASAKI, Planning and Design Firm
WEB Ventures, Consultant on Diversity and Economic Inclusion
Wordsworth Communications, Public Relations Agency