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EACC Behind the Scenes - May 2017

Strategic Goals & Proposed Projects

Many of you have heard me say that the most challenging part of the job is sifting through all the remarkable opportunities we have to do exciting things to stimulate business and networking ties between the Cincinnati Tri-State region and Europe, and finding those few that are most worth supporting with our limited resources.  As EACC members, you expect and deserve positive returns on your membership dollars, and I’m grateful for your continued input and guidance.  I’ve started working with the Economic Development Committee to review and update our past strategic goals so Dayna and I know not only where we should focus our time and energy, but also where we can say ‘no.’

With that in mind, I thought you’d be interested in some of the things we’re working on, and the rationale behind them…

  • Cargo Summit:  I mentioned this back in February and since then have had great talks with the Tri-States Logistics Council, OKI, CORBA, and a number of other parties.  We sit at the heart of a remarkable transportation network with road, rail, air, and water options – is your small to medium-sized manufacturing enterprise exploiting that network to its fullest?  This event will give EACC members the tools and information needed to better work with suppliers and customers to improve the efficiency and profitability of your company, and will highlight one of the more important factors that drives investment in our region -- accessibility.
  • Water Technology: Recently Pipeline held its Demo Day celebration, highlighting 6 companies with disruptive water technologies and awarding two of them $25,000 each.  We’re talking to Pipeline about helping them recruit European companies to participate in future events, which would not only potentially draw new investment but also put Cincinnati on the map as a leader in innovation in this vital technology.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau:  I’ve asked the FABA Committee to form a small subcommittee to start working on this signature EACC event.  In particular, I want to make sure we have a great silent auction and even some musical entertainment.  This can be a great networking opportunity for EACC and prospective members; the funds generated get plowed back into EACC operations and activities; and we might even be able to raise our profile in the community!
That’s just a few ideas and projects.  We’re also talking about a trip to Chicago in the fall to visit the European consulates and trade commissioners there; a possible trip to Italy to follow up on some of our activities this spring, and on and on.  As always, I’m anxious to hear your ideas and input, and also would welcome any offers of support.

- Todd

EACC Young Professionals Host First Executive Insights of Event of 2017

On Tuesday, May 16, the EACC Young Professionals Group hosted the first Executive Insights event of 2017 featuring Candace McGraw, CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The sold out event was held at Corkopolis Wine Market & Bar on Main Street in downtown Cincinnati. The evening began with networking among attendees, which was followed by an intimate and open discussion with Ms. McGraw on topics surrounding career development, leadership, and professional and personal growth, including conversation about professional and personal successes and challenges. Ms. McGraw also provided an overview of the exciting things happening at CVG, including Amazon’s recent investment and the expansion and diversification of air service.

The Leadership Committee of the EACC Young Professionals Group would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Ms. McGraw for her time and willingness to take part in this event series.

Young professionals in the Greater Cincinnati region are encouraged to register for the next event taking place on Wednesday, June 21 with Nick Vehr, CEO of Vehr Communications. Please click here for more information.


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