Mar
2012

Kenat Elected to Over-The-Rhine Chamber Board

It was recently announced that Steve Kenat has been elected to the Over the Rhine Chamber of Commerce’s executive board as secretary.

Steve joined the OTR Chamber Board two years ago and has been involved on the Membership Committee and Business Attraction & Retention Committees. “It’s a good overlap of my other commitments to community development within GBBN, and outside organizations and boards such as ULI Cincinnati – similarly committed to great urban design and creating great neighborhoods,” said Kenat.

The mission of the OTRCC is to promote economic vitality by fostering a socially and culturally diverse Over-the-Rhine Community. "I think the OTRCC is a great resource for those fully engaged in the transformation of the neighborhood. As one of the most recognized Italianate collections of architecture in the country, its amazing potential is finally being realized through the efforts of the Chamber, 3CDC, citizens and residents," said Kenat.

Steve has been a long-time fan of the OTR neighborhood and is familiar with it having been involved in the Housing Day program for Leadership Cincinnati facilitating walking tours throughout the area. "We tried to demonstrate the authenticity of OTR in those tours for the participants, by introducing them to the people who lived there - some were in pretty fabulous market-rate condo and apartment projects, and others were in subsidized housing projects - provided by groups like OTR Community Housing," said Kenat. He added, "Everyone there really just wanted the same thing....a safe, clean home that they could be proud to call their own."

Steve's involvement continues through his work on the Cincinnati Color Building at 14th and Vine Streets for 3CDC. He also led the renovation in the historic Hudepohl Bottling Plant for the McMicken Health Collaborative, the new Rookwood Pottery near Findlay Market, and GBBN's recent pro-bono work for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity -- a LEED Certified renovated home for two families on Elm Street, referred to as G2OTR.


About The Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce
Since its inception, the OTRCC has grown to 500 members, making it the largest neighborhood Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati. In 2004, it formed a partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce to strengthen its influence and to offer added benefits for members and the community. Today, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce is the lifeblood of the neighborhood, supporting all facets of the neighborhood – commerce, community and lifestyle. The OTRCC provides a forum for diverse interests: businesses, developers, property owners, residents, arts organizations and social service providers