I am so excited for you to read this issue of Realm. My friend and colleague Mike Venerable from CincyTech instigated our decision to do our first ever themed issue, focused wholly on our region’s growing tech and innovation economy. In these pages, you’ll read about the dreamers and leaders like Mike who are driving new breakthroughs in our region—creating jobs, inspiring talent and, quite honestly, saving lives.
This issue is a great look at the region’s successes and opportunities, from venture capital attraction to cutting-edge startups found only here. It’s also a tool for all of us to help grow our region further. If you want to convince someone to open their business or invest in people in Cincinnati, send them this issue. It’s a compelling billboard chock full of evidence that our region is open for business.
Our cover story features Candice Matthews Brackeen, one of the most talented executives in our region. This summer, Candice will bring almost 1,000 people to this area to celebrate Black Tech Week. Read what she’s up to and try to keep up with her pace, her passion, and her persistence to make Cincinnati the place where everyone can build a business and succeed.
The people within these pages inspire me, and I know they will inspire you as well. Take a look, give me your feedback, and let’s continue building into this new economy that’s the future of our region.
Have a great Summer!
JILL P. MEYER
CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber