Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Half of riverfront development board appointed

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Half of the 18-member board responsible for remodeling Cincinnati's riverfront has been appointed.

        Hamilton County commissioners on Monday approved nine appointees to the revamped Port Authority, which will be responsible for overseeing an ambitious riverfront development project called The Banks.

        In addition to overseeing the construction of riverside shops, offices, restaurants and a park, the board will guide the redevelopment of abandoned — and often polluted — industrial sites known as “brownfields.”

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken has submitted a list of nine potential appointees for the city. Council members will discuss and vote on that list either this week or next.

        There was a controversy with the county's list on Monday, as Commissioner John Dowlin argued that David Main, president of the Hamilton County Development Company, should be on the board.

        Mr. Dowlin said he thought the brownfield aspect of the authority was being shortchanged. But Commissioners Bob Bedinghaus and Tom Neyer voted down the argument.

        “There are only two of the 18 board members from the original Port Authority that dealt with brownfields,” Mr. Dowlin said. “I would have liked a third.

        “The brownfields people think they're being slighted, and I'm concerned that brownfields won't get the attention they deserve.”

        The mayor took some heat for his list, which basically followed the recommendation of the Riverfront Advisers, a group of volunteers who drew up The Banks plan. Councilwoman Alicia Reece has said the list does not include enough minorities and women.

        “We need to make sure it is representative of the community,” Ms. Reece said. “I want to see at least six African-Americans on the board and at least four women.”

        The county's appointees are:

        • David A. Siebenburgen, president and chief executive officer of Delta Connection, Inc. and oversees Delta Air Lines' two connection carriers. The airlines employ more than 8,000 people.

        • Janet Reid, founding partner of Global Lead Management Consulting, a firm that has trained with more than 100,000 people in the areas of people management and “process improvement.”

        • Stephanie Byrd, senior vice president for the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, with a background in public relations, marketing, managed-care contracting, hospital administration and program development.

        • John Fonner, director of strategic client relations for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for developing relationships with growing companies and national consultants to draw new businesses to the area.

        • J. Joseph Hale Jr., president of Cinergy, who is a board member or trustee on 13 other organizations in the community.

        • Thomas Humes Jr., president of Great Traditions Land and Development Co., which has developed five major projects in the region. Mr. Humes was a member of the Riverfront Advisers.

        • Ronald Kull, associate vice president University of Cincinnati. Mr. Kull is an architect who is responsible for development on the UC campus.

        • Jack Rouse, chief executive officer of Jack Rouse Associates, a a design and production firm. Mr. Rouse was chairman of the Riverfront Advisers.

        • Charlotte Otto, global external relations officer, Procter & Gamble Co., responsible for the company's news media relations, product publicity and consumer relations worldwide.


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