Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says Cincinnati Bell is consolidating its operations at the Atrium II building over the next three years, bringing at least 600 new jobs downtown. The jobs will come from a variety of locations, but primarily Norwood.
The company has signed a letter of intent to lease approximately 220,000 square feet of office space at 221 E. Fourth Street. Under the deal, Bell will maintain its Seventh Street operations center downtown. The company has about 3,000 employees in Greater Cincinnati, with an estimated 652 workers currently based downtown.
Mayor John Cranley says, "it's just going to be great to have that many more people you know, downtown walking around, shopping, eating, going to restaurants, participating in the great vibrancy that is downtown."
A Mayor's news release says Cincinnati Bell had been exploring a number of locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, before selecting downtown.
Comments from Bell's CEO
“We are first and foremost a Cincinnati company,” said Ted Torbeck, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell. “We’re proud of our 140-year Cincinnati heritage and even prouder that we are able to centralize more of our employees in one location while remaining in the City. This move reinforces our commitment to our hometown and enables us to play an even bigger role in making Cincinnati a more vibrant place to live, work and play.”