The Catalyst

Welcome to REDI Cincinnati's blog page.

Cat·a·lyst : a person or event that quickly causes change or action.

Our team of economic development experts is actively traveling the globe and visiting the world's top industry conferences.  With your help, our goal as the Regional Economic Development Initiative is to be the catalyst for economic growth in Greater Cincinnati by sharing our insights and the latest trends while engaging our region to amplify the stories and thought-leadership of our world-class industry experts located right here in the Greater Cincinnati region.  

Interested in being a catalyst as a guest blogger? Contact us at with your story idea.


5 tips to ensure your site is marketable

by Andrea Enders on 2/20/2017
Construction site Ready to market your site? Here are five tips to make sure the right people see it.

How automation is changing our job landscape

by Kevin Donnelly on 2/13/2017
Automotive manufacturing Automation is changing the way automotive manufacturers make vehicles.

What is Fintech?

by Hannah Taphorn on 2/5/2017
FinTech It seems to be an ever-present buzzword, but do you know what FinTech really means?

Regional company helps auto dealers change the face of car buying

by Vince Phelan, senior director, marketing, CDK Global on 1/30/2017
CDK Global logo A Greater Cincinnati company is on the cutting-edge of the changing auto-buying market.

How tech is disrupting the automotive industry

by Kevin Donnelly on 1/23/2017
Automotive high tech Technology is revolutionizing the automotive industry.

Talented workers key to regional logistics success

by Kevin Donnelly on 12/19/2016
Logistics workers Greater Cincinnati is a logistics powerhouse because our colleges and universities know how to train skilled workers.

Searching for innovation in Ohio

by Tim Bachman on 12/19/2016
Media Room Callout Image Looking for an R&D partner? REDI can help!

Who can tell your region's story?

by Tammy Riddle on 12/19/2016
2016 Win ED conference logo How to understand and amplify your regional assets

4 Fintech trends to watch in 2017

by Kevin Donnelly & John Sadosky on 12/19/2016
2016 Money 2020 logo Fintech is a growing industry that could play a big role in the U.S. economy in 2017 and beyond.

Not your grandpa’s manufacturing

by Hannah Taphorn on 12/5/2016
STOCK_Woman working at CAD computer The skills needed to succeed in manufacturing are changing rapidly. Are your workers ready to adapt?

What is a Foreign Trade Zone?

by REDI Cincinnati on 12/12/2016
Shipping containers Greater Cincinnati is home to two Foreign Trade Zones, but do you know what that means?

Public, private developers answer call for manufacturing sites

by Kevin Donnelly on 11/21/2016
3 Workers Greater Cincinnati heard the call for more large manufacturing sites. Learn more about the sites expected to go online soon.

Top IT trends for 2017

by Andrea Enders on 11/14/2016
Bar chart Andrea Enders, manager, business development and project management, shares insights from her recent trip to the Gartner IT symposium.

Greater Cincinnati startup community to welcome 1,000+ founders

by REDI Cincinnati on 10/9/2016
2016 FounderCon logo More than 1,000 founders are about to descend on Greater Cincinnati. Why they're coming and what it means for our region.

Greater Cincinnati prepares to host talent summit

by REDI Cincinnati on 10/10/2016
2016 CEO Talent Summit logo Hundreds of CEOs from around the U.S. are coming to Greater Cincinnati to learn about attracting talent.

How innovation is attracting FDI to the U.S.

by Janelle Lee on 10/3/2016
2016 IMTS blog post Disruptive innovation and FDI were hot topics at the 2016 Midwest US-Japan conference.

When a millennial attends her first conference

by Cierra Clymer on 10/5/2016
Empty lectern conference Ever worry about prepping for a conference? REDI's Cierra Clymer has three tips to help you attend you

Startup Cincy getting ready to shine

by REDI Cincinnati on 9/21/2016
TechStars An entrepreneurs' event is coming to Greater Cincinnati. Wendy Lea explains what it means for our region.

Greater Cincinnati supports grocery chain’s 100+ years of growth

by Kim Harp on 8/22/2016
Kroger When he opened his first store on Pearl Street in downtown Cincinnati, Barney Kroger couldn’t have a clue what his legacy would be.

Accelerator spotlight: HCDC Business Center

by REDI Cincinnati on 9/1/2016
HCDC A nationally recognized accelerator is helping startups in Norwood

Regional colleges, universities key to logistics growth

by REDI Cincinnati on 8/30/2016
Sinclair College This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting regional colleges and universities that have strong logistic programs.

Greater Cincinnati is growing

by REDI Cincinnati on 8/29/2016
Cincinnati Skyline 1 Eight stories about growing companies in Greater Cincinnati

Why food companies find a home in Ohio

by REDI Cincinnati on 8/15/2016
Field Greater Cincinnati has long been home to dynamic food and flavoring companies.

Brewer ignites region’s passion for beer

by Brandon Sehlhorst on 8/1/2016
Rhinegeist Greater Cincinnati knows its beer. Built by German immigrants who brought their brewing culture to the region, we’re in the middle of a craft-brewing boom.

Dearborn County mill finds new life

by Ian Smith on 7/25/2016
Ian Smith A mill project bring development to Dearborn County.

What will your next office space look like?

by Andrea Enders on 8/8/2016
Shared-Services-skyscraper-windows-nighttime Recently, I attended the Area Development Consultants Forum in St. Louis. The two-day conference was filled with helpful sessions, but the most impactful discussion for me surrounded the future of office space, led by Cushman & Wakefield’s Sara Benson.

Israel-based flavoring company finds sweet spot in Greater Cincinnati

by Janelle Lee on 7/18/2016
Frutarom Learn why an Israel-based flavorings company found its sweet spot in Greater Cincinnati.

The future of flight is in Ohio

by REDI CIncinnati on 7/11/2016
2016 Farnborough Air Show REDI's Kimm Coyner is at the Farnborough Air Show talking about why Greater Cincinnati is right for aerospace companies.

2 reasons Greater Cincinnati is right for food companies

by Ian Smith on 7/5/2016
Food-and-Flavoring-measuring-spoons Food and flavoring companies have a lot to consider when expanding or relocating. Greater Cincinnati has the right ingredient mix to create a successful business.

Incentives, loans & grants – determining what’s right for you

by Cierra Clymer on 7/5/2016
Cierra Clymer REDI's Cierra Clymber explains the difference among incentives, grants and loans.

Skilled workers help global clinical research organization grow

by REDI Cincinnati on 6/27/2016
Medpace logo Medpace grows due to available regional talent base.

Northern Kentucky automotive manufacturer recognized for growth

by REDI Cincinnati on 6/13/2016
2016 Bosch Growth Awards Regional automotive steering company grows in 2015

Enable Injections completes manufacturing facility for on-body delivery systems

by Enable Injections on 6/9/2016
Enable Injections Enable Injections announces new manufacturing facility

Smart, inclusive fitness equipment helps users get more from a workout and share it with their doctor

by IncludeFitness on 6/8/2016
Include JPEG IncludeFitness makes it easier for everyone to exercise.

Midwest’s fastest-growing economy an incubator for growth and innovation

by REDI Cincinnati on 6/6/2016
REDI Logo TN REDI Cincinnati takes delegation to BIO International 2016 convention

Making sense of millennials

by Hannah Taphorn on 6/2/2016
Millennials chart REDI's research and database manager shares her thoughts on millennials in the workplace.

Top #StartupCincy biohealth innovators to speak at BIO International 2016

by REDI Cincinnati on 6/3/2016
2016 BIO International logo Top #StartupCincy biohealth innovators to speak at BIO International 2016

New protein replacement therapy makes breathing easier for pre-term babies

by Airway Therapeutics on 6/7/2016
Airway Therapeutic Airway Therapeutics creates protein that could help premature babies breathe

REDI Cincinnati shares region’s story with top biohealth firms

by REDI Cincinnati on 5/30/2016
2016 BIO International logo REDI Cincinnati is sending a delegation to BIO International. Learn more about why they are going.

REDI Cincinnati represents region at German manufacturing fair

by Janelle Lee on 5/23/2016
2016 Hannover Fair Ohio dinner The 2016 Hannover Industry Show was a huge success for the U.S., Ohio and Greater Cincinnati.

Lebanon-based automotive manufacturer earns recognition for recent expansion

by REDI Cincinnati on 5/16/2016
2016 ADVICS Growth Award A Greater Cincinnati automotive manufacturer celebrates another growth opportunity.

Hamilton-based credit card issuer recognized for Greater Cincinnati location decision

by REDI Cincinnati on 5/9/2016
2016 Barclaycard ribbon cutting Barclaycard US decides to locate in Hamilton, Ohio in 2015. REDI Cincinnati recognizes growth with award.

Thank you, fellow economic developers!

by Tina Benjamin on 5/11/2016
Tina Benjamin REDI Cincinnati celebrates Economic Development Week

Making connections in India

by Ian Smith on 5/2/2016
2016 India trip_InTech50 Ian Smith shares his takeaways after a REDI mission to India

Project Spotlight: Aprecia Pharmaceuticals

by REDI Cincinnati on 4/25/2016
Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Aprecia Pharmaceuticals found its home in Greater Cincinnati in 2015.

5 places in Greater Cincinnati to kick off your biohealth startup

by REDI Cincinnati on 4/11/2016
Bio Kid Doc Considering starting your own biohealth company? Five local partners can help you test your ideas and build your business.

Why cyber security is important

by Hannah Taphorn on 4/4/2016
Hannah Taphorn How often do you think about your company’s data security?

REDI Cincinnati celebrates strong 2015

by REDI Cincinnati on 3/29/2016
2016 REDI annual meeting - Henning, Williams REDI Cincinnati capped off a successful 2015 during its annual meeting on March 23.

Human data drives consumer intelligence

by Patrick Henshaw, co-founder & COO at Strap on 3/21/2016
STRAP logo The co-founder and COO at Strap shares his thoughts about the future of wearable technology

How to leverage IT trends for economic development

by Tammy Riddle on 3/28/2016
Tammy Riddle To remain competitive, economic development professionals should pay close attention to changing IT trends.
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