In The News
75 on 75
By Bill Ferguson, Jr. – CINCYmagazine
The Interstate 75 corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton is booming with new business in the midst of the sluggish national economy.
Call it the Cincinnati Metroplex, Pill Hill North, the I-75 Growth Corridor, Healthcare Highway or the 275-to-675 Corridor.
Just take a look.
1 it’s a business oasis
The area bounding Interstate 75 from the I-275 beltway north of Cincinnati to the I-675 beltway south of Dayton is exploding with growth. It’s a business oasis amid a national economic desert. It starts in West Chester and Liberty townships, two Butler County communities just north of I-275, and stretches north.
2 THREE interchanges, TWO townships, 12 years
The opening of three I-75 interchanges in the two townships in a 12-year period threw open the door for development of what once was farmland. Lots of it.
Those three interchanges:
• Union Centre Boulevard (Exit 19), opened in 1997.
• Liberty Way (Exit 24A), 2009.
• Butler County Veterans Highway (Exit 24B; also known as Ohio 129), 1999.
Add to those the 2010 opening of the Austin Boulevard interchange (Exit 41) in southern Montgomery County just south of I-675, and the line between the Cincinnati and Dayton metro areas is much more blurry. Of the roughly 115 I-75 interchanges in Ohio, 10 are located between I-275 and I-675.
3 Liberty and West Chester flow together, mirror each other
Joe Hinson, president and CEO of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, started there just as the area started booming with businesses. He began his job of supporting business growth in 1998, just after the Union Centre interchange opened “when nothing was here.”
“When Union Centre opened, it opened up 3,000 acres for commercial development and the different sequences of interchanges,” Hinson says. It was the first new I-75 interchange in Southwest Ohio in more than 25 years.
“The next big spoke of commercial development is going to be in Liberty Township,” he says. “To the outside world, Liberty and West Chester are going to flow together. The two townships almost mirror each other.”
4 Next Up: Liberty Way
That next big spoke is Liberty Way, which will be home to a 64-acre, 1.3 million-square-foot mega-center being dubbed the next Easton, modeled after the outdoor shopping center in Columbus. Steiner+Associates, the Columbus-based developer of Easton, The Greene in Dayton and Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky, started checking out the area in 2008, according to Caroline McKinney, economic development director for Liberty Township.
When the economy went south, Steiner backed away but has since returned and plans a groundbreaking next year for the center, to be named Liberty Town Square, McKinney says. Retail will fill more than half of the Square, with office space, residential housing and a hotel making up the rest. The hope is a spring 2015 opening.
“The size and scope are quite large,” McKinney says.
“For us, this is exciting. For the township, this matches perfectly what our vision was for this area.” In 2006, the township put together a comprehensive land-use plan and hired McKinney. What came from the planning process was that “Liberty Township needed a central gathering place for its residents, as well as more amenities.”
5 perfect mix of residential, agriculture and 3 percent business
The project is indeed a big deal for Liberty Township. Right now, the township is about 50 percent built out, with residential and agriculture making up 97 percent of the area and businesses taking the other 3 percent.
“We’re always going to be more residential,” McKinney says. “Our job now is to bring on that commercial development into some strategic corridors that make the most sense because we have a lot of neighborhoods and residents that come first.”
If Liberty is more of a bedroom community, West Chester Township will give residents plenty of places to work. Its three I-75 interchanges have led to an explosion of economic development. The township’s mix is about 60 percent commercial and 40percent residential/agriculture.
6 West Chester’s strength: economic diversity
“West Chester has always assigned its economic development successes to our infrastructure,” says Judi Boyko, township administrator since 2005. “Interstate 75 is the spine, and from the interstate, the township was able to enhance its roadways to create greater pockets of developable areas.”
Boyko started with the township in 1992, when “it was probably about 50 percent developed.” So, like Hinson, she has seen a lot of change.
“West Chester is very proud of the evolution from what typically and predominantly had been a manufacturing/warehouse type of host back in the early ’90s,” she says. “Our diversity, in terms of economic development, now ranges from retail to finance to insurance to real estate to medical, so we’ve hit every sector.”
West Chester has even dubbed its three interchanges Downtown (Union Centre), Midtown (Cincinnati-Dayton Road) and Uptown (Tylersville Road), giving the township a city feel.
7 Healthcare Highway – bringing services to growing population
Early on, the health-care industry took note of the coming population explosion between Cincinnati and Dayton.
Hinson says that in the late ’90s, John Gillespie, then with UC Physicians, started showing how the increasing population was going to be underserved by health providers.
Now, a number of large health-care providers do business in the two townships, including West Chester Hospital, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, UC Physicians, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Campus, Kettering Physician Network, The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center and Mercy Health Center at Liberty Falls. Not too far up the road is Atrium Medical Center at Exit 32 in Middletown.
“Health care put a stake in the ground,” Hinson says. That’s where the monikers Health Care Highway and Pill Hill North came from — the latter being a play on what is known as Pill Hill in Cincinnati, where a cluster of hospitals sits near the University of Cincinnati in the Clifton area.
Providers keep coming. Boyko notes that Louisville-based Springstone just announced a $10 million mental-health facility along Union Centre Boulevard that will provide 100 jobs.
The Kettering Physician Network, part of the Kettering Health Network, is an example of a Dayton-area business moving south to fill the health-care needs of the I-75 corridor. The physician network opened Liberty Pointe Primary Care earlier this year near the Butler County Veterans Highway exit.
“We take into consideration a number of factors, including population growth and increases in health issues, in a particular community,” says Julie Hellings, the network’s director of operations.
“While Kettering Health Network is new to Liberty Township, we are no stranger to Butler County. Fort Hamilton Hospital has been serving residents in Hamilton and throughout Butler County for generations, and we are proud to have welcomed the hospital into our network in 2010.”
8 Good Pay, Good Education
Communities love those kinds of jobs. Most are high-paying, requiring higher education levels. They draw people to live near their workplaces, which leads to higher-end neighborhoods and a strong tax base. Liberty Township’s median household income is $96,943, and West Chester’s is $80,268, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.
9 Global presence: FIVE of Southwest Ohio’s top 10 employers
Five of the top 10 employers in Southwest Ohio have a presence in West Chester: Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, UC Health and the University of Cincinnati, as well as major employers GE Aviation and AK Steel, whose corporate headquarters is there.
“The days of building a community with manufacturers up and down the corridor are over,” Hinson says. “If you’re thinking global, you need to think of that type of worker and that type of industry.”
10 Lifetime of Learning
Education is also a big component of the growth equation in the area. Lakota Local Schools, the K-12 system that covers almost all of West Chester and Liberty, has garnered the highest ranking available — Excellent and then Excellent with Distinction — on the Ohio School Report Cards for the past 10 years. The district is the seventh-largest of the 612 districts in the state.
“To be able to boast of a school district that has the reputation and caliber of Lakota is instrumental in being able to market your community for economic development purposes,” Boyko says.
11 Colleges Stake a Claim with
on-site learning centers
At the postsecondary level, colleges have stepped into the corridor in a big way. Miami University has its Voice of America (VOA) Learning Center, while Xavier University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Hondros College of Nursing, Antonelli College and University of Phoenix all provide adults with a plethora of educational paths.
Further, Butler Technology and Career Development Schools also provides 11th- and 12th-graders with alternative programs that prepare the students for either post-high school careers or college. It also offers adult-education classes and courses.
Hinson and Boyko point to Butler Tech’s purchase of 24.7 acres at the Cincinnati-Dayton Road/I-75 interchange for a planned bioscience academy as an example of education stepping up to help business.
“It will attract businesses of that nature because they know they will get a trained workforce,” Hinson says.
12 Small-business Success
Those types of businesses also lead to a rise in other sectors: restaurants, banks, hotels, retail and entertainment, for instance.
Kevin Molony, principal partner of the firm that franchises the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, is opening his second eatery along Union Centre Boulevard.
“We chose West Chester as the first Cincinnati location because of the great demographics, the great corporate presence and the good traffic counts in the area,” he says. “It’s just a very vibrant mix of businesses there. The office occupancy is high, you have P&G nearby, GE Aviation nearby. There’s a lot of successful, high-quality restaurants.”
Mellow Mushroom, an Atlanta-based franchiser founded in 1974, has about 145 restaurants, mostly in the Southeast. Molony, who helped develop the Five Seasons Sports Clubs in the Midwest with Corporex founder and chairman Bill Butler, opened his first Mellow Mushroom in Wilder, Ky., two years ago. He describes it as “craft pizza (baked on a stone) and craft beer — and it’s a funky environment that’s very family-friendly.”
PetPeople, which prides itself on animal nutrition, is opening its third Cincinnati-area store, and 12th overall, this fall in West Chester. Terri Montigny, marketing manager, says the Hilliard, Ohio-based family-owned company looks “for a space that is close to residential but also with easy access. The community has been great. We have quite a few customers from West Chester who shop at our other locations.”
The new PetPeople store will have “the biggest dog wash in the company. We provide the water, the towels and shampoo — you just have to bring in your dog.”
Fresh Market is opening its third Cincinnati-area store at Voice of America Centre off Tylersville Road.
“We are always on the lookout for markets where shoppers appreciate high-quality food and outstanding customer service, and West Chester is just such a place,” says Rob Koch, the company’s senior director of real estate.
The larger employers get a lot of attention, but it’s those smaller enterprises that are the lifeblood of the community. The townships have more than 3,000 businesses, Hinson says, and the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance has doubled its membership in the past 10 years to almost 800 members. He says 73 percent of those members employ 12 employees or fewer.
13 Melding of Two Cities
As West Chester and Liberty continue to fill space alongside I-75, the focus moves to the north. Already, planners have a vision for another interchange, possibly at Millikin Road in Liberty Township. McKinney says it’s part of the master plan but probably “a good 10 years out.”
Development continues at interchanges at Ohio 63 (Monroe), Ohio 122 (Middletown), Ohio 123 and Ohio 73 (near Franklin and Springboro), and is accelerating at Austin Boulevard.
“We have a lot of undeveloped land east of I-75, and there’s interest in all of it,” says Denise Hamet, economic development director of Middletown.
All of this business-building brings Cincinnati and Dayton closer together — not the city boundaries, but certainly the mentality of the residents in between. The populations of West Chester and Liberty are up about 10 times from 1960.
“The two cities really are coming together,” McKinney says. “No longer are you seeing this dead space in between, especially now that Austin (Boulevard interchange) has popped up.”
Boyko adds: “West Chester sees Cincinnati and Dayton as assets to our growth and development, not competitors. West Chester has different amenities, different lifestyles, different community assets to market than Cincinnati or Dayton. I believe that the benefit comes in having the uniqueness of both” suburban and city living.
Hamet says Middletown is constantly meeting with economic development people and chambers of commerce from Cincinnati to Dayton.
“What will happen in the next five years is that we’ll be included more in both communities,” she says.
So in the future — and it could be sooner than we think — maybe the I-75 corridor from I-275 to I-675 will get a new name. Cincidayton or Daytonnati, perhaps?
The first I-75 interchange in more than 20 years in Southwest Ohio is home to more than two dozen restaurants offering just about any kind of fare diners would want — from the most popular fast-food outlets to casual eateries to finer dining. Need a place to stay? A half-dozen hotels are available.
This interchange, West Chester’s Downtown, also has the Streets of West Chester Shopping Center, which includes Rave Motion Pictures, Barnes & Noble, the Village at the Streets of West Chester and the future Ann Taylor Loft. Swedish retailer IKEA opened one of its 38 U.S. stores in 2008.
Also here: Fortune 500 company AK Steel moved its headquarters from Middletown in 2007; aircraft-engine manufacturer GE Aviation, whose headquarters is just down the highway in Evendale, has an office operation with 2,000 employees; First Financial Bank opened regional corporate offices; and United Healthcare consolidated three offices from Cincinnati and Dayton in 2001.
Schools include Lakota West High School, Antonelli College, Indiana Wesleyan University Education Center and University of Phoenix Cincinnati. Numerous other businesses such as banks, real estate offices, medical offices, fitness clubs, car dealerships and repair shops, and manufacturers are located here.
16 Exit 21 (Cincinnati-Dayton Road)
West Chester’s Midtown exit is less developed but still has fast food and casual dining, a hotel, a Walmart Supercenter, West Chester Fitworks and many residential apartment complexes. Butler Technology and Career Development Schools plans to build a Life Sciences Learning Academy.
17 Exit 22 (Tylersville Road)
This is West Chester’s Uptown. Like Union Centre, it’s another great place to eat with more than two dozen restaurants. It’s also a great place to shop, with many of the major big-box retailers located here: Home Depot, Kohl’s, Kroger, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Meijer, Michaels, PetSmart, Target and T.J. Maxx, for instance.
The Voice of America Centre includes the Aveda Fredric’s Institute and Fresh Market.
It’s also a medical mecca, led by West Chester Hospital and UC Physicians, which spawn other doctors’ practices, urgent care, a dialysis clinic and dental offices. Other professional services include many banks, real-estate offices, salons, fitness gyms and car-repair centers. Schools: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center and Hondros College of Nursing. EnterTRAINment Junction, a great place for kids (and adult train lovers), provides a good stop for travelers.
18 Exit 24A (Liberty Way)
The newest I-75 interchange provides access to businesses such as Air-Tite Home Products, Cincinnati Enquirer north offices, CVS, Pump It Up, Cincinnati Stoneworks, Cabling Specialist and the Web Extreme Entertainment.
The big news for this exit is a planned groundbreaking next spring for Liberty Town Square, modeled after Easton in Columbus. The center will be the size of 22½ football fields and is set to open in the spring of 2015.
19 Exit 24B (Butler County Veterans Highway, or Ohio 129)
Although this exit originally was designed to give drivers easy access to Hamilton, the first exit after you get on the highway takes you to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center Liberty Campus, one of the first highly visible landmarks along I-75 in Liberty Township.
The first Kroger Marketplace concept store in Greater Cincinnati opened in 2006 and anchors Liberty Commons Retail Center, which contains about 20 smaller businesses. Also here is Liberty Commons Medical Center, with a kidney center and other doctors’ offices, and Christ Hospital plans to take the entire second floor later this year. Lakota East High School is also close to this exit.
20 Exit 29 (Ohio Route 63)
The Monroe exit is somewhat of a tourist attraction. Cincinnati Premium Outlets opened in 2009. The 50-acre Traders World brings in 15,000 to 20,000 shoppers each weekend to its many buildings, offering all kinds of products, food and entertainment. Treasure Aisles, just across I-75 from Traders World, attracts a lot of the same crowd and bills itself as “The Bargain Hunters’ Paradise.”
A few restaurants, a couple of hotels, Joe Morgan Honda (yes, the former Red) and a giant Home Depot distribution center also dot the landscape. Solid Rock Church, home of the “Touchdown Jesus” statue that was destroyed by a lightning strike, is installing a 32-by-52-foot full-bodied Jesus replacement that some have already begun to call it “Hug Me, Jesus.” And, yes, the makers say it’s fireproof.
21 Exit 32 (Ohio 122)
Towne Mall (to the west) and Atrium Medical Center (to the east) anchor the two sides of this Middletown exit, which also has about 10 fast food and casual dining restaurants and seven hotels. There’s lots of retail, too: CVS, Goodwill, Kroger, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Sears, Staples, Target and Walmart Supercenter, to name some.
The newest projects include an 87-room Hampton Inn, along with the Baxter Health Care Bio-Life facility. There’s also a new YMCA, a silver LEED-certified Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic and the new Greentree Health Science Academy Campus.
22 Exit 36 (Ohio 123)
This interchange, which leads to Franklin (to the west), is heavily industrial. Franklin Business Park, Jaygee Industrial Park and Schumacher-Franklin Interstate Park are all located here. R.L. Drake, Tech-Way Industries, Greenpoint Metals, Millennium Metals, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Sunstar Engineering Americas, Walther Engineering, Waytek Corp. and MTP are among the industrial/construction businesses.
Pilot Travel Center and ADESA Cincinnati/Dayton auto auctions occupy much of the northeast section of the interchange. The exit also includes several fast food restaurants and Kingdom Sports Center.
23 Exit 38 (Ohio 73)
This exit, too, leads to Franklin (to the west) and Springboro (to the east), and is home to a much broader mix of businesses than Exit 36. It still has a large complement of industrial/construction businesses, such as Advanced Engineering Solutions, Buckeye Fabricating, Burrows Paper Corp., Cincinnati Belting, DI Communication Systems/Precision Industries, Faurecia, Ferco Tech Corp., Gayston Corp., Huhtamaki Inc., Koehlke, NC Works, Ohio-Kentucky Steel Corp., Paper Systems, Restaurant Parts and More, Sunnex, Valued Relationships Inc. and Voelker Controls Co., and includes Heritage Business Park. Retail includes Midway Shopping Plaza, Kmart, Kroger, Tractor Supply Co., Walgreens and Walmart Supercenter.
About a dozen fast food and casual dining restaurants and a couple of hotels give travelers a place to stop. The Dayton Daily News’ printing plant is highly visible from I-75. The Gymnastics Training Center of Ohio and Miami Jacobs Career College are here, along with a number of banks, auto parts stores and auto service centers, real estate firms and a few medical offices. Friesinger’s Fine Chocolates and La Comedia Dinner Theatre can also be found here.
24 Exit 41 (Austin Boulevard)
The newest interchange in the area is ready for additional development. Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport is located in the southeast quadrant of the exit. The 142-acre Austin Landing is under construction in the northeast quadrant, with retailer Kohl’s there and Hilton Garden and Kroger opening soon.
It’s also a mini high-tech/industrial area, with Alien Technology Corp., Invotec Engineering, Kingscote Chemicals, SARCOM Inc., SourceLink, Teradata and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics with operations. Dayton Children’s Outpatient Care Center operates here, as well as several fitness centers such as Dayton Squash Center, South Regency Tennis Center and YMCA of Greater Dayton.
25 Exit 43 (I-675 North to I-70 and Columbus)
50 Places and People
26 IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings giant, makes Union Centre location its first store in the Tristate and only the third in the Midwest after Chicago and Detroit.
27 Frontgate is one of the country’s top upscale home furnishing providers through its catalog and online sales division. West Chester is home to its corporate headquarters, national distribution warehouse and outlet store, which attracts shoppers from around the country.
28 Butler Tech is the largest career and technical school in Ohio.
29 Kemba Credit Union, which traces its beginnings to the Kroger Employees Mutual Benefit Association, moved its corporate headquarters to Union Centre Boulevard.
30 Butler County Metroparks manages more than 3,000 acres of land throughout the county.
31 In just three years, the Crazy Cardboard Regatta at Voice of America Park has become the must-see (or participate) event of the summer as well as a key fundraiser for Butler County Metroparks.
32 Jag’s Steak & Seafood is the go-to restaurant at Union Centre, whether it’s for a special meal from its eclectic menu created by chef Michelle Brown or simply schmoozing with clients in one of six dining rooms.
33 Butler County United Way focuses on helping young people become successful adults and adults become self-sufficient.
34 UC Health made the investment to build West Chester Hospital into a full-service, state-of-the-art facility so residents wouldn’t have to drive into Cincinnati.
35 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus has extended the renowned medical center’s reach into one of the state’s fastest growing regions.
36 Atrium Hospital, near the intersection of I-75 and State Route 122 in Middletown, is affiliated with Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital.
37 Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood is on the campus of Atrium Medical Center in Middletown and is affiliated with Otterbein Retirement Lifestyle Community in Lebanon.
38 When Cincinnati Premium Outlets opened at the intersection of State Route 63 in Monroe, bargain shoppers no longer needed to drive to Washington Court House or Lexington.
39 Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center brings the school to the people, complementing the courses available at the regional campuses in Middletown and Hamilton.
40 Four Bridges Country Club features a Robert E. Cupp designed golf course, tennis facilities, three swimming pools and a fitness center. A wine cellar, dining room and lounge complete the picture.
41 Planes Companies has grown from one family and a truck to a modern moving and storage business with five locations, 200 trucks and 400 employees.
42 Dorothy Lane Market, the iconic Dayton grocer, puts its more than 60 years of service to good use in its Springboro store.
43 Dayton Children’s Hospital has reached out to the south with its Outpatient and Urgent Care centers in Springboro.
44 Heather’s Coffee and Café in downtown Springboro is a homey place for locals to meet friends, share meals and root for sports teams.
45 Soin International, the multinational holding company founder by Raj Soin, has consolidated its Dayton area headquarters in Beavercreek, the booming I-675 suburb.
46 The Fitton Center for Creative Arts in downtown Hamilton is art for the people and by the people. It offers exhibits and events, but also programs for people to make their own creations.
47 The idea behind Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum seems like something that would be hatched in New York or San Francisco, but Harry Wilks decided a 265-acre plot in Hamilton along the Great Miami River would do just fine.
48 Wetherington Golf and County Club is well known for its golf course and dining, but it’s really the place where West Chester does business. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, an avid golfer, lives nearby.
49 GE Aviation, whose Evendale footprint can’t be missed along I-75 north of Cincinnati, is also one of the largest employers in Butler County with more than 1,500 workers.
50 Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport is perfectly situated off Exit 41 near the Austin Landing development. It serves corporate and personal aircraft and houses a museum dedicated to the history of the Wright Brothers.
51 Teradata, the NCR spinoff that is one of the world’s leading data warehousing and analytics companies, is headquartered at Austin Landing.
52 RG Properties is the developer of Austin Landing, the 142-acre mixed-use property that has its own I-75 interchange (Exit 41), corporate headquarters, housing, entertainment and restaurants.
53 The Trenton Brewery of MillerCoors is one of the company’s most modern facilities. The location’s 560 employees brew 11 million barrels of beer each year.
54 Champion Window anchors the south end of the I-75 corridor from its headquarters and factory and showroom. In 2000, the company was named the country’s largest replacement window, siding and patio room company.
55 BAE Systems, the global defense, aerospace and security giant, manufactures armored vehicles in its Fairfield plant where it employs about 1,000 people.
56 Amylin Pharmaceuticals, which was recently bought by Bristol-Myers Squibb, manufactures the diabetes drug Bydureon at its facility on Trade Port Drive.
57 Cohen, one of the largest metal recycling companies in the country, likes to say that it was “green when the world was black and white.” That philosophy has paid dividends in today’s environment.
58 Chris Worrell set up the West Chester law office of Graydon Head before it was common practice for firms to do that. He died in March.
59 Joe Hinson has made the West Chester * Liberty Chamber Alliance the “Chamber of Choice” along the I-75 corridor.
60 Christine Matasic, president of the Liberty Township trustees, has been closely involved with transportation and development issues, and is a board member of OKI.
61 Craig Rambo is the chairman of McGill Smith Punshon, the architectural and engineering company responsible for award-winning projects such as GE Aviation offices at North Pointe at Union Centre and West Chester Baseball Complex at Beckett Park.
62 Larry Schumacher, president of Schumacher Dugan Construction, has more than 50 years in commercial/industrial construction and real estate development.
63 Tom Urban, the former president of Mercy Health, is the driving force behind the organization’s Fairfield Hospital, one of the leading healthcare providers in Butler County.
64 Caroline McKinney, the Liberty Township Economic Development Director, is at the center of the Liberty Town Square, a $300 million project at Liberty Way and I-75 that is called the biggest development in Butler County.
65 Lee Wong, a retired U.S. Army veteran, brings military discipline and energy to his role as vice president of the West Chester Township Board of Trustees.
66 Executive director Carol Hughes is the driving force behind the Springboro Chamber of Commerce, an influential business group in a thriving area.
67 John Limbert, CEO of National Bank and Trust, relies upon small-town customer service to keep the 10-branch operation profitable against its much larger competitors.
68 Pat McNab, senior director of Miami University’s Corporate and Community Institute at its regional campuses, works to establish partnerships that help students find jobs and provide local employers with skilled workers.
69 Rich Arnold, the president of the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce, leads a growing membership and is bringing business to the city near the intersection of I-75 and I-275.
70 James Wainscott has guided AK Steel, Butler County’s only Fortune 500 headquarters, back to stability. The company is the county’s second-largest employer with more than 3,000 workers.
71 Judi Boyko, West Chester Township administrator since 2005, has a strong track record in attracting business and events.
72 Jim Kleingers is the head Kleingers & Associates, the civil engineering and land survey company that is intimately involved in many of the building projects along the corridor.
73 Keith Richburg is one of Fifth Third Bank’s key executives in the West Chester–Liberty Township area, serving on the board of the Chamber alliance.
74 Deborah Brenneman, a lawyer with Thompson Hine, is active in the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance and was a finalist for Cincy Magazine’s Athena Award in 2011.
75 Bill Triick, president of the Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton, is responsible for a key stretch of the corridor that has seen a development boom and is expecting even more.