CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 1, 2021 – Site Selection magazine released its Ohio River Corridor rankings for 2021 today, and the Cincinnati region reclaimed the top spot after coming in second last year. Site Selection indexes corporate project data in metros along the Ohio River for the previous 18 months and evaluates metros by volume and per capita.

“The Cincinnati region is once again the top place for growth and investment along the Ohio river, thanks to the ability of companies to move goods quickly and affordably by water, rail, air, or water,” said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president and CEO. “With more than 43 million tons of cargo moving through our river ports, and air cargo growing by 15% year-over-year at CVG, the Cincinnati region will continue to be a clear choice for companies that need to reach the rest of the country.”

The Cincinnati region boasts the largest inland port in the country and the 14th largest in the country by cargo volume. The region’s economic activity is also bolstered by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the 7th largest cargo in North America with two global air cargo hubs, and two Class 1 railroads, making it one of the most connected metros in the country.

“We’ve seen strong growth in manufacturing near CVG and significant office expansion along our river cities in Northern Kentucky,” said Lee Crume, CEO, BE NKY. “There is tremendous momentum in the Cincinnati region in new companies, new jobs, and capital investment and we’re proud to be a key driver of its success.”

The Cincinnati region counties evaluated in Site Selection’s Ohio River Corridor rankings include Hamilton, Clermont, and Brown county in Ohio and Gallatin, Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, and Bracken county in Kentucky.

The complete rankings can be viewed here.

About REDI Cincinnati

The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 16-county region at the heart of southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. REDI Cincinnati is supported by top business leaders and community partners and staffed by a team of economic development experts who are uniting the Cincinnati region to compete globally.

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About BE NKY

BE NKY serves as the primary economic development company for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, providing marketing, business retention and expansion services for the region.  

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