City of Hamilton, OhioFirst Quarter 2015
In This Issue
StarTek announces new call center
Donation funds the creation of Marcum Park
2015 Initiative Update
Pop Revolution hosts grand opening
Kelly's Bakery now open
InsideOut Studio announces move to downtown Hamilton
The Hamilton Mill recognized by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress
KBMW joins The Hamilton Mill
Three Hamilton companies are recognized by Business Courier
Artspace facade reveal
Hamilton wins title of Best Tasting Water in the World
Hamilton Utilities launches new energy efficiency program
RiversEdge Summer Concert Series lineup
Program highlight: Microloan Program
Property highlight
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StarTek announces plans to create nearly 700 new call center positions in downtown Hamilton 

The company will locate in the former Elder Beerman building


International call center operator StarTek will be locating a new call center in downtown Hamilton. The announcement is the largest job announcement in Hamilton in a decade and will provide an important boost to downtown revitalization efforts. StarTek plans to open later in 2015 after renovations are completed on the top floor of 150 High Street. For more information, read the Journal-News article about the announcemenhere. For information on Hamilton positions, follow the link here.

Rendering of renovations to 150 High Street

$3.5 million donation funds the creation of Marcum Park

Park will serve as Hamilton's central gathering place


Joe and Sarah Marcum have committed to funding an expansion of RiversEdge amphitheater and overlook, the popular Summer Concert Series venue. The $3.5 million donation will  add an assortment of amenities to further activate the park, including a wide sidewalk designed to be accessible to food trucks and similar users for community events, a children's playscape on the northwest corner, landscaping, and the great lawn. The Marcum's $3.5 million donation is the largest-ever private donation for a park in Hamilton. For more information, read the Journal-News story here.

2015 Initiative Update

Hamilton's annual publication highlights major projects underway in the city

The 2015 Initiative Update highlights 21 ongoing projects and 12 completed projects. New projects in 2015 include Efficiency Smart, the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, and Main Street revitalization efforts. To view the 2015 Initiative Update, follow the link here or click on the image below.


Pop Revolution hosts grand opening

Mason-based art gallery opens location in downtown Hamilton


Pop Revolution is a gallery, custom framing, and art reproduction service located in 24 South Second. The business will also offer art classes and will be available for parties. According to a Journal-News article about the opening, owner Frances Michaels explained, "I haven't spent a lot of time in Hamilton since I've been in the Cincinnati area. But with all of the new art businesses opening there, I thought it would be a good idea to get in before everything is already open." For more information, check out the Journal-News article here.


Kelly's Bakery now open

Hamilton's new bakery opened on the west side of Hamilton


Hamilton welcomed a new small business in the beginning of 2015. Kelly's Bakery  is located at 1335 Main Street and sells donuts, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and more. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

InsideOut Studio announces move to downtown Hamilton

The arts studio is the latest tenant announced for the former Elder Beerman building


InsideOut Studio, the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities art initiative, will move its studio into 150 High Street and will open a retail space. Other announced tenants for the building are StarTek, Jackson's Market and Deli, and Joslin Diabetes Center. For more information, read the Journal-News article here.

The Hamilton Mill recognized by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

The nominees for the GEC Cities Challenge represent the best in entrepreneurship


This year's annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) has a special focus on what cities are doing to help entrepreneurs in their efforts to launch and grow. GEC identified 50 cities around the world that are models for supporting entrepreneurship. The Hamilton Mill is one of the U.S. cities nominated for the GEC Cities Challenge for leveraging Hamilton's unique characteristics and strengths. The Hamilton Mill has partnered with the city of Hamilton to introduce the "City as a Lab" program which allows startups to test their cleantech innovations with the city's public utilities. For more information, read the Kauffman Foundation article here



KBMW joins The Hamilton Mill 

The company will take advantage of the "City as a Lab" concept


In February, the startup KBMW joined the Hamilton Mill and is working with local and regional partners to address water treatment processes. WaterOxyChem™ (WOC) is a revolutionary patented product that has the potential to reduce wastewater management operating budgets by cutting energy consumption, thus saving millions of dollars.  KBMW is currently pilot testing WaterOxyChem with Synergy Flavors, a business located in Hamilton Enterprise Park.

Three Hamilton companies are recognized by Business Courier

Vora Ventures, kW River Hydroelectric, and Perceptive Devices are finalists for the 2015 Innovation and Technology Awards 


The Cincinnati Business Courier's Innovation and Technology Awards celebrate startups, entrepreneurs, and lifetime successes in innovative fields. Vora Ventures, the company associated with Vora Technology Park that specializes in building innovative IT companies, is a finalist in the Tech Company of the Year category.

kW River Hydroelectric, a Hamilton Mill startup, is the developer of the Williams CrossFlow Turbine, a power generation unit designed to operate when installed on low-head dams. It is a finalist in the Outstanding Advanced Engineering Innovation Category. Perceptive Devices, another Hamilton Mill startup, is the developer of the ground breaking PERCEPT-D™ technology that allows users to gain access and control a wide range of computer devices hands-free, without the use of voice communication or a mouse. The company is a finalist in the Best Device/Application Innovation category.

Artspace facade reveal

Major progress has been made on the new artist lofts and are available for lease


In March 2015, the renovations to the historic Artspace Hamilton facade were revealed. After the removal of the facade added in the early 1970s, the building was covered by scaffolding and plastic. Jacob Stone created a timelapse of the facade reveal that can be viewed by following the link hereSlated to open in May 2015, the 42 Artspace Hamilton Lofts are leasing up quickly. For more information on leasing and to download an application, follow the link here.


Hamilton wins title of Best Tasting Water in the World

Hamilton is the winner of the 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting  Competition


Hamilton's tap water was again named the "Best Tasting Tap Water in the World," at the 25th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, in Berkeley Springs, WV.  This is the second time in five years the City of Hamilton has won the award. For more information, read the Journal-News article here.


Hamilton Utilities launches Efficiency Smart program

Efficiency Smart is available for all customer types

Hamilton Utilities has partnered with Efficiency Smart to offer a comprehensive energy efficiency program to Hamilton utility customers. Efficiency Smart provides technical assistance and financial incentives, which allow for the implementation of energy-saving improvements, to Hamilton's homeowners, renters, small to medium-sized businesses, institutions, and large commercial and industrial customers. Efficiency Smart services launched in February and is available to all customers.


Hamilton residents and businesses will have the opportunity to benefit from a variety of energy efficiency services through Efficiency Smart, such as:

  • Rebates for energy-efficient products, discounts on energy-efficient lighting and financial rewards for recycling secondary refrigerators and freezers for residential customers. 
  • Rebates for more than 90 improvements for businesses with annual electric usage of 20,000 to 500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), including lighting and lighting controls, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, electric heating, food service equipment and compressed air and motors.
  • Tailored services with dedicated account management, customized financial incentives and technical assistance for organizations that use more than 500,000 kWh of electricity annually.

For more information about the services and financial incentives available to customers through Efficiency Smart, visit the website here or call 877-889-3777.



RiversEdge Summer Concert Series lineup

This year's series includes an all-day music festival headlined by The Revivalists


Saturday, May 30
The Magic Lightnin Boys & Jess Lamb
Thursday, June 11
Phillip Fox Band & 90 Proof Twang
Thursday, June 18
After Midnight & Nightrain - The Guns N Roses Tribute Experience
Saturday, June 20
David Shaw's Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite.  Tickets and more info available at
Thursday, June 25
MOJOFLO & The Floorwalkers
Saturday, July 4
500 Miles to Memphis & Lindi Ortega
Thursday, July 9
Kelly Richey & Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Thursday, July 16
The Almighty Get Down & ZAPP
Thursday, July 23
Miss Lissa & Company & Scotty Bratcher
Thursday, Aug 13
Jim Burns Band & Walker McGuire
Thursday, Aug 20
The Great Wide Open & The Fortunate Sons (Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band)
Thursday, Aug 27
The Okeanas & Scott Miller and the Commonwealth
Saturday, Sep 12
Signs of Life:  The Essence of Pink Floyd (starts at 8:30 p.m.)


Program highlight: Microloan Program

Program offers loans up to $10,000 for small businesses


The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has a partnership with First Financial Bank offering low interest loans up to $10,000 to businesses within the City of Hamilton. These loans are 2% above the prime interest rate and can be paid back over a 4 year period. For more information, follow the link here. 

Property highlight: 1910 Fairgrove

26,922 sq. ft. of divisible office space available


The property is located on Route 4, has ample parking, and is ideal for office uses. For more information, view the property listing here. 

Need assistance from the City?

Contact the Business Development Team


The City established the Business Development Team to make investing in Hamilton easier for current and future business owners. The Team focuses on assisting retail and commercial development. It is a single point of contact that coordinates between all necessary departments to help businesses from the first inquiry until the issuance of final occupancy. To contact the Business Development Team, call 513-785-7070 or email


Contact: Jody Gunderson, Director of Economic Development  
345 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio    
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