Mayor Recommends Blackburn For Banks Working Group

April 17, 2014

Mayor Cranley recommends Katie Blackburn join Banks Working Group

Bengals willing to help City with effort to locate GE on the riverfront

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is proposing that Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn be appointed to The Banks Working Group.

The Banks Working Group is an advisory panel created by Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials to oversee development of The Banks, a residential and commercial district being built between the Reds and Bengals stadiums along Cincinnati’s riverfront.

Mayor Cranley recently met with the Bengals executive team to discuss the possibility of General Electric relocating a service center and 1,400 jobs to The Banks district. The mayor was pleased with the team’s cooperation and willingness to help secure GE as the latest Banks tenant.

Blackburn, who is the daughter of Bengals owner Mike Brown, was involved in the discussions.

"The Banks, which has made great progress, has included the ongoing leadership of Reds CEO Bob Castellini, who is really the father of The Banks project," Mayor Cranley said. "After recent meetings, the Bengals executive team has pledged to land the GE deal."

"The Bengals want GE to go to The Banks. Moreover, they want to get more involved with the future of The Banks," Cranley added. "Katie Blackburn would make an excellent member of The Banks Working Group, and will further unite the ties between our two great professional sports teams."

Proposed in 1999, The Banks is envisioned as a mix of condominiums, offices and shops between the two stadiums. The 18-acre project is being built in phases. So far, the district contains 13 restaurants and bars, and 300 apartments.

For more information, contact Kevin Osborne, Director of Communications, at 513-516-1966.