top of page
Urban Fast Forward
The Myth of the Retail Apocalypse
The ‘retail apocalypse’ is and remains a myth - and that will continue to bode well for new towne centres and traditional downtowns. A google search for the so-called "retail apocalypse" generates more than 13 million results. Even so, brick-and-mortar retail was actually continuing to grow up to the current economic crisis and pre-pandemic data actually forecast a confident future for urban and town planners, developers, investors, and merchants. Our presenters will engage in a lively discussion about how the changing lifestyles of migrating households will generate new opportunities for cities and urban places of all sizes. It is essential to debunk the myth of the “retail apocalypse” and change the dialogue about the future of retail nationwide, in our downtowns, and all urban settings. By challenging mainstream media and shifting the conversation, new faith and encouragement can be instilled for many of our colleagues across many overlapping professions. Speakers: Kathleen Norris of Urban Fast Forward Sharon Woods of LandUseUSA
Midwest Change Makers: City Managers facilitating walkability and vibrancy
Midwest Change Makers welcomed two City Mangers that are facilitating walkable urbanism in their locales, which is drawing investment in the process. They are effectively engaging their communities and building consensus. On this month's webcast, we welcome Eric Wobser, City Manager of Sandusky, Ohio and Tom Carroll, Village Manager in Silverton, Ohio. Midwest Change Makers is a new webcast series by CNU Midwest, CNU Illinois, and CNU Michigan. This webcast will celebrate the people and projects that are ushering in change in the Midwest. Our special guests are two City Managers that are innovating and transforming their municipalities through projects that promote placemaking, good urbanism, equity, and sustainable design. We are so excited to welcome Tom Carroll of Silverton, OH and Eric Wobser of Sandusky, OH to our webcast. Our guest hosts are John Yung, Senior Consultant from Urban Fast Forward in Cincinnati, and Christina Anderson, City Planner in Kalamazoo, MI.
Small Business Innovation Happy Hour - Managing Capital and Assets
In this three-part Small Business webinar series we discuss important decisions many small businesses will be faced with within the next six months. We will explore actionable steps to get your business back on track and set up successfully for the near future. Throughout this series, you will hear from business owners who will share their experiences, learn from experts who will share best practices, and have the opportunity to discuss your specific business questions. Taking Stock of Capital and Assets - From working capital to leveraging real estate, understand how each decision you make affects your financials. Kathleen Norris of Urban Fast Forward and Dwayne Lee of US Bank joined the conversation.
Bond Hill Business District Construction Kick Off Celebration
The Port, Bond Hill Community Council, City of Cincinnati, Community Economic Advancement Initiative (CEAI) and Bond Hill & Roselawn (BH+R) Collaborative celebrated the kick off of renovations of the Bond Hill Business District on July 25, 2018 at 4900 Reading Road. The Port and CEAI have worked with the community of Bond Hill to create a plan to revitalize the business district; it was identified as a number one priority in the BH+R Plan. Since 2015, the Redevelopment Authority has acquired 15 group parcels (21 unique parcels) totaling 3.018 acres in the Bond Hill Business District. Demolition of 34,493 square feet of blighted structures has been completed to make way for new development with the goal of attracting microenterprise and neighborhood-serving businesses. Learn more by visiting http://bit.ly/2MupN0v.
Conversation with a #cityshaper - Kathleen Norris (part 1)
Kathleen Norris, Principal Urban Fast Forward joins Matthew Cleary, Director Urbis, to discuss Kathleen’s involvement in the rejuvenation of the historic Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati Ohio. In the first part of this fascinating interview, the conversation follows this exciting project from conception; touching on the private partnership model of funding and how the project was governed. Kathleen describes the process of ‘door knock’ recruiting and how she tempted businesses to the area.
Conversation with a #cityshaper - Kathleen Norris (part 2)
Kathleen Norris, Principal Urban Fast Forward joins Matthew Cleary, Director Urbis, to discuss Kathleen’s involvement in the rejuvenation of the historic Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati Ohio. In part 2, we discover how Over-the-Rhine businesses have been able to prosper in a tough economic climate. Kathleen unpacks the changing nature of what constitutes ‘retail’ and how business owners are succeeding through providing authentic and unique experiences for shopping and dining.
CDC How the Land Development Code Will Affect You part 1
Matt Shad and Kathleen Norris of Urban Fast Forward, on behalf of Cincinnati Planning and Building Department, are managing an industry engagement process to solicit opinions and improvements of the City of Cincinnati's proposed draft Land Development Code. Join us as they share the results of initial engagement, and highlight key proposals and amendments within the new zoning text and encourage you to share your views on how to improve the proposed draft code. The code is available online www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/zoning/ and public comments are being solicited through August 1, prior to the workproduct being submitted to HUD, grant funder for the work product
bottom of page