Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Interim boss now Port Authority chief

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The new president of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has been on the job since January.

        Tim Sharp, the former interim president of the Port Authority, was hired for the position Tuesday after a nationwide search. Mr. Sharp's salary is being negotiated, but the budgeted amount for the position is $140,000 per year.

        Mr. Sharp, 37, said his immediate goals will be to hire development directors for the Port Authority's two missions: building The Banks riverfront community and redeveloping abandoned industrial sites known as brownfields.

        The Port Authority also will hire an officer to make sure the developments offer equal opportunity.

        “There's a lot of work to do, and we have to do it,” Mr. Sharp said. “We've got to move this city forward by cleaning up brownfield properties in as many neighborhoods as we can.

        “And we've got to build the riverfront project. That's going to be something that doesn't happen overnight, but it's very important we continue to show the city is moving forward with our development.”

        The search was conducted by a Chicago head-hunting firm, beginning in April. More than 460 people were contacted about the job, with 30 being interviewed.

        Jack Rouse, chairman of the Port Authority, said Mr. Sharp was the ideal choice.

        “I have the utmost confidence in Tim,” Mr. Rouse said. “His tenacity, his depth of experience in urban planning, and his ability to get things done make him the ideal person for the job.”

        Mr. Sharp graduated from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 1988. He earned his law degree in 1993 from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

        He was heavily involved in the city's Fort Washington Way and riverfront street grid projects already under way, while working for the city of Cincinnati and Parsons Brinckerhoff.


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