On behalf of the entire 2018 Local Committee, we would like to welcome you to Cincinnati. Whether this is your first time in the Queen City, or you are back again, rest assured you are in for an enjoyable and memorable stay. The 2008 PCIC event in Cincinnati was a great success. The plans are to make 2018 an even bigger success with exceptional technical content, social events, food and guest activities, all scheduled to overlap with one of the largest Oktoberfest events in the United States (Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: September 22 – 23, 2018).
This year we will utilize three (3) hotels for the conference, the Hilton Netherland Plaza, the Hyatt Regency, and The Westin. These “five star” hotels are directly adjacent to one another in downtown Cincinnati and are connected by an enclosed skywalk. Due to the growth experienced by the PCIC Conference since 2008, we will be utilizing the Duke Energy Conference Center (DECC) this year. All technical papers will be delivered in the DECC, and we will also hold the Monday Night Social in the Convention Center.
When you come to Cincinnati USA, plan for an attractive location including easy accessibility, a compact downtown, and affordable, world-class hotel and meeting facilities. Our picturesque setting along the banks of the Ohio River is centrally located, allowing for convenient travel by air or ground. Cincinnati is located within 500 miles of 60 percent of the U.S. population. Our airport has more flights than most in the region and was named as one of the world's best.
In January of this year the New York Times listed Cincinnati on their 52 places to go, at number 8, with New Orleans as the only other US city listed in the top 10!
These days, it’s more like what’s NOT new! Cincinnati USA is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. There’s a convergence of new developments, projects and convention wins taking shape that collectively makes this one of the most progressive, game-changing eras in our region’s history. Almost all of this progress will directly impact and benefit visitors to the region.
Cincinnati experienced a similar boom starting in 2003 when the new Reds and Bengals Stadiums, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the renovated Duke Energy Convention Center and new Fountain Square emerged in rapid succession. But this latest surge of activity is even more exciting. These projects bring completely new experiences to the region, change the city landscape, appeal to a broad cross-section of individuals and businesses, and when the meetings end in Cincinnati, the fun just begins. Cincinnati has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years with more than $2 billion in downtown and Riverfront development.
Here are just a few highlights from all of the recent investment and development.
The Banks —Winner of the “2013 National Planning Excellence Award,” the expansive new downtown entertainment district is within walking distance of the conference hotels and is situated along the banks of the mighty Ohio River, and just south of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The $600 million-plus development includes retailers, restaurants, a hotel, residential units and underground parking. New and future tenants include:
Over-the-Rhine (OTR)- OTR is one of Cincinnati's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, home to the country's largest collection, 943 buildings, of 19th century, Italianate architecture. Publications like the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times are recognizing the revitalization of this historic district, noting its collection of architecture, chic atmosphere, and culinary excellence. In addition to long time businesses, an infusion of new faces has come to Over-the-Rhine in recent years. Locally-owned restaurateurs, boutiques, bars and a tour company have opened shop and transformed the area into a most visited destination.
Music Hall Renovation — Renovations are now complete for one of Cincinnati’s most iconic landmark structures, the 130-year-old Music Hall in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The building’s last major renovation was in the early 1970s. Renovation of Music Hall is a key piece in the transformation of Over-the-Rhine and will maintain the historic and acoustic integrity of the hall.
Washington Park Renovation — The project included the renovation and expansion of the public park and the addition of a 450-space underground parking garage. It transforms a pivotal civic space in Over-the-Rhine, creating a green oasis for residents and visitors in the middle of an urban neighborhood.
JACK Casino and Broadway Commons District — Opened in March 2013, the $400 million,400,000 square foot casino is located on 20-acres on the northeast side of downtown, just blocks from the city center, most downtown hotels and the Duke Energy Convention Center.
We want to thank you in advance for attending the 2018 PCIC Conference here in Cincinnati. We know you’ll find your stay with us to be positively exciting, enriching and memorable. As we like to say, “Stay with us, and we’ll stay with you.”
PCIC 2018 Conference Chair