Many of Hamilton County’s communities are built-out, which makes the reuse of existing sites necessary to promote economic development. The implementation of development plans and coordination of site development requires a host of activities from project management and financing to site acquisition and negotiation. Often these sites include dealing with potential contamination concerns, grantsmanship, managing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other public funds. HCDC provides oversight on projects and coordinates with developers to promote and realize projects that embody the community’s vision for the future.
Through use of the County’s Community Improvement Corporation, the Urban Land Assistance Program, the Industrial Sites Improvement Fund, and the Job Ready Sites Program, HCDC can bring new sites on-line for development. HCDC offers services in:
- RFP/RFQ Development & Management
- Site Assembly
- Environmental Site Assessments
- Demolition/Site Preparation
- Public Incentives Packaging (TIF, CRA, EZA, Grants)
The retail marketplace continues to provide amenities such as convenience, aesthetic identity, and entertainment to residents. Recent years have produced explosive growth and broader diversity in the quality and variety of retail establishments. Shifting location and consumer trends encourage local governments to be more involved in the viability and longevity of their retail along mainstreets, shopping corridors and lifestyle centers.
- Recruitment of Retail Services and Developers
- Working with Developers & Brokers on Specific Developments
- Retail Incentive Packaging
- Retail Market Study
- Demographic Analysis
- Customer/Business Surveys
- Retention of Existing Retail Businesses
Industrial areas and office parks represent crucial economic engines of prosperity, job creation and tax revenues. Business recruitment and retention is a key but challenging activity in most communities.
HCDC has assisted in the creation of business parks such as the Harrison Commerce Park and several new industrial parks in Lockland. HCDC’s efforts have included representing the community with developers and State officials, accessing State grants, negotiating Tax Increment Financing and other tax incentives and overall coordination of development on behalf of the community. HCDC oversees financing through bonds and loans, conducts business retention and attraction meetings, and interacts with real estate and development professionals on a regular basis.
Additional services include:
- Retention & Attraction
- Oversight of Land Development
- Industrial Site Atlas
- Incentive Negotiation
Healthy business corridors are the cornerstones of vibrant communities. Assisting these corridors to remain competitive requires coordination with businesses, developers, and government. Other activities include analysis of local demographics and spending habits, review of aesthetic elements, attraction of a successful business mix and assisting small businesses.
HCDC has recently conducted revitalization efforts in the Reading Bridal District in Reading, Vine Street in St. Bernard, Vine and Galbraith in Springfield Township, Chester Road in Sharonville, and Montgomery Road in Montgomery.
- Business Attraction
- Analyze Potential Funding Sources
- Developer Interviews
- Market Area Studies
- Customer/Business Surveys
- Thematic Mapping
HCDC offers assistance with specialized issues related to a wide variety of development topics. We can take an active role in the facilitation of public projects. Our staff has a broad range of backgrounds including development, finance, planning, law and entrepreneurial consulting. Recently, HCDC investigated the economic impact of the result of flooding along the I-75 industrial corridor for the Mill Creek Watershed Council. We have also targeted specific industries to locate to sites in the communities of Newtown and Lincoln Heights.
Development topics may include:
- Economic Development Impact
- Feasibility Analysis
- Grant Writing
- Community Marketing Brochures
We also offer a full array of up-to-date regional demographic data from Claritas, full access to property information from the County Auditor, and County mapping information from Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System (CAGIS).