November Roundtable looks at state of 3CDC projects

How this Cincinnati nonprofit organization is moving forward during the pandemic

Steve Leeper, president and CEO of 3CDC, will be the featured speaker at the November Real Estate Roundtable. Leeper will discuss past projects that have shaped the community, current projects and 3CDC’s efforts to help businesses withstand the challenges brought about by the pandemic, as well as upcoming projects that will continue to move the city forward once the pandemic is behind us.

The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) is a private nonprofit real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. To date, 3CDC and its partners have invested $1.5 billion in downtown and the adjacent neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. This investment has yielded 166 buildings restored, 45 new buildings constructed,15 acres of restored civic space, 1,866 residential units, 156 hotel rooms, three comprehensive residential and service facilities for the homeless with 320 beds, 1,087,519 square feet of commercial space, and 4,925 parking spaces.

3CDC’s goals and objectives are to preserve historic structures and improve streetscapes, create and manage great civic spaces, build high-density/mixed-use developments, and to foster diverse, mixed-income neighborhoods supported by local businesses.

3CDC oversees the daily management and programming of Fountain Square, Washington Park, Ziegler Park and Memorial Hall, ensuring these civic spaces continue to serve as destination locations. Our mission is to create active places that attract people to downtown and Over-the-Rhine. In a normal year, 3CDC produces more than 1,400 events and hosts/facilitates nearly 330 third-party events.

Photo credit: Provided by 3CDC


Featured Speaker

Stephen G. Leeper

Stephen Leeper was appointed President & CEO of 3CDC in April 2004. Over the past 16 years, Leeper has managed 3CDC’s investment of $1.5 billion in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine, resulting in the transformation of four of Cincinnati’s premier civic spaces (Fountain Square, Washington Park, Memorial Hall and Ziegler Park), the redevelopment of major downtown landmarks such as the Metropole Apartments into 21c Museum Hotel, the renovation of the historic Music Hall, and the construction of a new headquarters building for 84.51°in the heart of downtown. He has overseen 3CDC’s efforts in the restoration of 166 buildings and 14 acres of civic space, the restoration of two civic buildings, the construction of 45 new buildings, the development of 1,332 apartments, 534 condominiums, 156 hotel rooms, 320 shelter beds, 1,087,519 square feet of commercial space, and 4,925 parking spaces. Leeper's responsibilities also include the management of $250 million in local, corporately-funded, revolving loan funds.

Prior to joining 3CDC, Leeper served as executive director of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County from September 1998 to April 2004. He was responsible for the development and financing of PNC Park, Heinz Field, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the North Shore Riverfront Park, and public parking facilities and related road infrastructure. These developments represent over $1.1 billion in private and public funding and have resulted in new mixed-use development for the City of Pittsburgh. Leeper has also served as director of development for the City of Pittsburgh and director of the Department of Housing for Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Leeper is a native of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor's degree from Ohio University and a master's degree from Ohio State University.


The Real Estate Center, in conjunction with our Premier Partner, PNC Bank, is proud to present our 37th season of networking, national and international speakers, and access to industry leaders.

In 1983, the UC Real Estate Roundtable was created to establish and maintain links between the university and the business and real estate communities. The Roundtable series features guest speakers who present their ideas, thoughts and perspectives on topics that impact the real estate industry. The Roundtable Series strives to:

  • Encourage interaction between real estate professionals and UC students and faculty.
  • Address issues and topics relevant to the real estate industry and leading professionals.
  • Expose real estate professionals to industry research conducted at UC and elsewhere.

Our fall Roundtable programs are virtual events via Zoom and free of charge. Log-in instructions for those registering for the online event will be provided 48 hours prior to the event. Note there is a limit of 300 registrants for each event.