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The local economy is looking good and unemployment is at the lowest level in more than a decade. That's according to Julie Heath with the U.C. Economics Center.

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A new 2015 Regional Indicators Report comparing 12 "peer cities" in transportation has Cincinnati near the bottom in some categories and in the middle in others.

The report from Agenda 360, Skyward, Urban Land Institute and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber includes the following cities: Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and St. Louis.

Key findings:

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The head of one of Cincinnati's largest companies says the region needs a bigger cancer research program.

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The nation's largest German-heritage celebration is this weekend, and with more beer choices than usual.

Cynthia Oxley with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber says visitors drank more than 2,000 barrels of beer at last year's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

“New for 2015, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is excited to feature microbreweries and craft beers," Oxley says. "In celebration of 40 years, we’ll have 40 craft beers at the all new Brewer’s Alley, which is on Broadway off Fifth Street." 

Oxley says Brewer's Alley will be open only on Saturday and Sunday. 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber recently held a series of listening sessions for members to meet with the Chamber’'s Government Affairs team and share their views on legislation and regional initiatives that affect business growth.


Jill P. Meyer, member-in-charge of the Frost Brown Todd law firm’s Cincinnati office, has been named the new president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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The focus will be on food this weekend at the 37th annual Taste of Cincinnati. 

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It'’s difficult to remember, and hard to image now, the first Taste of Cincinnati in 1979 lasted one day, and attracted 5,000 people. Today, the nation’'s longest-running culinary arts festival is three days long and brings an estimated 500,000 people downtown to experience the food, drink, and entertainment of Cincinnati. Joining us for a rundown on this weekend’'s Taste of Cincinnati are Rich Walburg, communications director with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Chuck Huckabee from Market Street Grille, a 2015 multiple Best of Taste winner; and, comedian Josh Sneed, who is coordinator for Taste of Cincinnati's Taste of Comedy.

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As the Cincinnati Chamber prepares for this year's Taste of Cincinnati, vice president Pat Sheeran says it's not looking to move the food festival to accommodate the streetcar. 

Last week, Mayor John Cranley said the streetcar, when operational, would not supersede downtown events like Taste and Oktoberfest.  Sheeran says the chamber is happy the events won't have to move.

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's annual music party, Party in the Park, gets underway Wednesday with a 16-week lineup that will run through August 20.

Acts scheduled to be part of the Bunbury and Buckle Up festivals will be joining Party in the Park on July 9 and 16.  Bunbury acts scheduled to perform July 9 include The Yugos, Archer's Paradox and Great Good Fine OK.  Buckle Up performers will include Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and The Alternate Routes.