The Banks Decade of Development Celebration

News from The Banks Public Partnership

Phil Beck (513) 946-4434
Marie Gemelli-Carroll (513) 703-8495

CINCINNATI, OHIO—March 28, 2018—Join the excitement Monday, April 2, 2018, as the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County celebrate a Decade of Development at The Banks, the new neighborhood that has transformed the riverfront and helped turn Cincinnati into a destination city.

The Banks Public Partnership—the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County–will sponsor a celebration of the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking outside the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, starting at 2:30 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.

Celebration organizers will recognize the contributions of government at all levels to the development of The Banks, and have invited elected officials, members of the Joint Banks Steering Committee, and representatives of the funding partners, developer, and contractors who moved The Banks project from vision to reality.

Clearing the land for what is now known as The Banks officially began April 2, 2008, with turning shovels of dirt where Current At The Banks (a residential building) now stands, supported by the first two blocks of the Central Riverfront Garage between Second Street, Freedom Way, and Mehring Way. Since then, The Banks has gone from an underutilized floodplain to a visually captivating, nationally recognized gateway to Cincinnati. It has also become an economic engine, contributing $1 billion annually to the local economy.

The Banks is home to the Great American Ball Park, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Paul Brown Stadium and Smale Riverfront Park. In addition, dining, retail and entertainment businesses, the offices of General Electric Global Operations Center the new AC Hotel at The Banks, and over 600 residents call this riverfront land home. The Banks has become a national model for how live/work/play developments can spur economic growth and community development.

The Banks celebration will include school children born in April 2008 who will share cake-cutting honors with the dignitaries. Cincinnati Bengals Hall of Fame inductee, Anthony Munoz will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Celebrating The Banks doesn’t end with the re-enactment of the groundbreaking! Property owners and businesses at The Banks are planning a variety of events throughout the year designed to introduce residents of this region to the broad array of food and entertainment this neighborhood has to offer.

The Banks Public Partnership is a working partnership between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, which ensures timely, safe, efficient and inclusive management of the public infrastructure of The Banks project—a vibrant Cincinnati neighborhood.

The City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County formed The Banks Public Partnership with a formal Cooperation Agreement for The Banks signed in November 2007.