CID at the nexus of regional infrastructure collaboration with VP

UC, CID welcome Vice President Kamala Harris for critical discussion on infrastructure, job growth

Vice President Kamala Harris joined state and local leaders at the Cincinnati Innovation District® (CID) Friday, the second-stop on a nationwide tour to promote a $1.8 trillion American Jobs Plan along with the “America Back on Track” transportation initiative.

Welcomed to the CID’s high-tech 1819 Innovation Hub by University of Cincinnati President Neville G. Pinto and CID Executive Director David J. Adams, the vice president toured the transformative research facility, the nerve center of the CID. 

U.S. vice president Kamala Harris sits with local dignitaries at UC's 1819 Innovation Hub.

VP Harris, on left, heads roundtable discussion with, left to right, Darryl Haley, CEO and GM for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro; Eddie Koen, CEO of Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio and Troy Miller, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627. photo/provided

“We are excited that the White House selected the 1819 Innovation Hub within the Cincinnati Innovation District,” said Adams.  “As the nation focuses on transforming our infrastructure, we must remember both physical and digital infrastructure are essential for today’s digital economy. Our capacity for research and development and, equally important, fueling the talent needs of employers, are critically important to maintaining our leadership position in the world.”

The vice president’s visit included a roundtable discussion centered around creating jobs, spurring economic development and fostering healthier communities through the administration’s investment in public transit and infrastructure. Among the attendees were Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and leaders from Cincinnati Metro, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio and the local transit union.

U.S. vice president Kamala Harris sits with local dignitaries at UC's 1819 Innovation Hub.

VP Harris, on right, listens to transit infrastructure ideas from, left to right, Professor Vikas Mehta, UC DAAP professor of urbanism; Jill Meyer, President and CEO of Cincinnati U.S.A. Regional Chamber and Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator for Ohio. photo/provided

Following President Biden’s address to Congress and marking 100 days in office last week, the vice president is traveling the country to champion the administration’s agenda. Her stop at the Cincinnati Innovation District reinforces the administration’s commitment to innovation, education and job growth.

As a unique and thriving ecosystem, the CID, powered by the university, attracts, produces, retains and develops talent by co-locating and collaborating with organizations. The district’s mission is to become a globally recognized talent hub and lead a transformational movement. The combination of industry engagement, unique experiential platforms and accessible research expertise — working at the pace of change — will become a model nationwide.

 

Featured image at top: Vice President Kamala Harris sits in a roundtable discussion with local and state dignitaries about a new job growth and infrastructure plan. Photo/Greg Glevicky/ UC Office of Innovation

About the Cincinnati Innovation District®

The Cincinnati Innovation District® is a unique and thriving ecosystem that attracts, produces, retains and develops talent by co-locating and collaborating with organizations. Unveiled in 2020 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted, the district envelops myriad innovation assets and access to some of the world’s leading academic and research centers, organizations and talent pools. Powered by the University of Cincinnati, the CID includes the world-renowned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and other national research centers. The district’s mission is to become a globally recognized talent hub and lead a transformational movement. The combination of industry engagement, unique experiential platforms and accessible research expertise — working at the pace of change — will become a model nationwide. For more information on the Cincinnati Innovation District, visit www.cincyid.com.

About UC's 1819 Innovation Hub

The nerve center of the Cincinnati Innovation District®. Home to startups and midsized and Fortune 500 companies, the 1819 Innovation Hub is an ecosystem that serves as a catalyst for collaboration for industry and talent. The 1819 Innovation Hub is the home to UC’s Office of Innovation, UC’s Venture Lab (a startup accelerator program), UC’s Makerspace, UC’s Office of Technology Transfer and 14 corporate partners who are seeking access to talent and proximity for cross-collaboration. Partners that are currently embedded include: Procter & Gamble, Kroger, FIS, Kingsgate Logistics, Cincinnati Bell, Kao Brands, Hillman Accelerator, CincyTech, Village Life Outreach Project, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Live Well Collaborative and Simpson Center for Urban Futures.