What does Cincinnati have in common with Des Moines, Detroit, Greenville, Madison, Minneapolis, Portland, Providence, San Francisco, Spokane, and Washington DC?
The answer is: we are the 11 metro areas to improve on each of the core measures under growth, prosperity, and inclusion according to the Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor report (2016). In other major metro areas, growth remained uneven in terms of wage growth and racial disparity.
In fact, the report notes that only Cincinnati and Greenville (SC) stood out for their “consistent progress in narrowing racial economic disparities.”
Cincinnati has a $132 billion economy and has surpassed Columbus as Ohio’s largest economy, and is the fastest-growing in the Midwest, according to Cincinnati.com. Median wages are up and the poverty rate is down. And we believe that it’s a tribute to the people, culture, and values of Cincinnati that its “inclusion” measures are rated as above average.
We love Cincinnati and are not surprised with the report. The “City of Love” has made important strides since the racial riots of 2001. (See our January 5, 2017 blog “Brawls of Cincinnati”)
Pat yourself on the back, and if you’d like to know more, see the full Brookings Institute report here.