The recent opening of Atrium Medical Center just off Interstate 75 in Middletown heralds what the city and developers expect will be a major economic boon in the heavily traveled corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati. The city is working with Al Neyer Inc. to plan and develop more than 450 acres near Middletown Regional Hospital’s new health and technology campus there, at I-75 and U.S. 122. The area will include a business campus for professional and medical office users and a renewed front door for the city of Middletown.

The city is calling the area the East End/Renaissance District. It includes 30 acres at Middletown’s key access point to Interstate 75 that Neyer is developing. Neyer is also providing master planning services with Woolpert on several hundred acres nearby in the City’s Renaissance Development Opportunity Area.

The campus will include an 188,000-square-foot “smart” office building, in the section called East Pointe Centre, funded by an Ohio Job Ready Sites program grant of $2.1 million.
Doug Moormann, previously vice president of government affairs for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, is now its vice president of economic development overseeing the Cincinnati USA Partnership, the Chamber’s regional economic development initiative. Moormann has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Dayton. 

Donuts and coffee will be easier to enjoy locally since Dunkin’ Donuts plans to triple its Cincinnati-area locations to 45 within three years. The menu will expand, too, offering eggs and more beverage choices. No word on how many jobs will be created to staff the donut and coffee breaks. 

Construction began in December on what’s been touted as a colossal job engine for Butler County, but it isn’t a company or building. It’s an interchange. The $50 million Liberty Interchange project along Interstate 75 and Ohio 129 is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs and open up an estimated 600 acres of land to development in Butler County. Local officials point to the announced $83 million Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus nearby as proof that the interchange is just the beginning of the growth the project will create.

Longtime Xavier University public relations executive Kelly Leon is now vice president of communications and community relations of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. In the new position at 3CDC, Leon will report to the organization’s president Steve Leeper.
Omya Industries Inc., North America’s largest supplier of ground calcium carbonate for the paint, paper, food, plastics and pharmaceutical industries, will move its North American headquarters to the Landings of Blue Ash. Its 26,000-square-foot office will provide space for 50 employees. The company is moving his lead office, and 45 employees, from Proctor, Vt., where it has been headquartered since 1976. It will consolidate its sales staff, based in Alpharetta, Ga., at the Blue Ash site, as well.