• News from Downtown Week of June 22nd

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    June 25, 2020

    Small businesses need support now more than ever. The Duke Energy Foundation, along with partners Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Northern Kentucky Chamber, have stepped up to the call. Both chamber organizations will receive $75,000 each from Duke Energy to assist small businesses, with a focus on women-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses. Grants will be given up to $10,000 for a Duke Energy small business customer, available to both members and non-members of each chamber. For information on how to apply for funds through the Northern Kentucky Chamber, click here. For the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber program, click here.

    Have you been missing live musical performances? Covenant-First Presbyterian Church is hosting a series of small, summertime recitals, free to the public. These events will follow protocols for social distancing, and masks are encouraged. This Sunday at 7 p.m., enjoy organist Andrew Hackett as he presents a recital featuring works by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, and some original compositions. For more information, click here.

    If you have been interested in joining the DCI Membership Program, now is the perfect time to do it. As this money will go toward supporting enhanced services, we’ve decided to rename the program “Downtown Cincinnati Supporters” rather than DCI Membership. We feel this better reflects how this funding will be spent, and better captures how important your contribution is to our continued efforts to making Downtown Cincinnati a safe, clean and welcoming neighborhood for residents, property owners, and visitors alike.

    There are three main areas where our stakeholders would like to see enhanced services:  GeneroCity 513 and social outreach, beautification projects, and more Downtown events.

    • GeneroCity 513 – Helping those who are homeless or panhandling and connecting them to services such as mental health, addiction treatment, housing assistance and other needs. This also funds the Jobs Van Program, which provides cash payment for panhandlers to perform litter patrols and other tasks while engaging with social outreach workers to connect them to services. Learn more about this program here.
    • Beautification – Enhancing the appearance of vacant properties by covering windows with images and graphics that promote Downtown, as well as providing more planters and other streetscape elements at strategic locations.
    • Downtown Events – Activating public spaces through pop-up events (like the Street Stage Project) at Piatt Park, Court Street and other locations in the Central Business District, to create vibrancy and support Downtown businesses with increased foot traffic and visibility.

    We are asking our friends, community partners and Downtown enthusiasts to please renew your DCI membership, or become a new member for 2020, as a new Downtown Cincinnati Supporter. Your contributions will directly impact each of these programs, where you can see and experience the difference you have made with your generous donation. For more information and to make your donation today, click here.