Meet our Economic Development & Design Officer: Yvonne Ballard.
Yvonne Ballard is a Cincinnati native with a major in Interior Design + Applied Science. People know her as the owner of NOVE home&body decor llc. Her certifications include City of Cincinnati MWBE, MBE, WBE, SBE. Graduate of the Turner’s Construction Management Program, MORTAR grad and Venue magazines -Lead Cincinnati, honoree Woman of Influence. She also received a certificate from GCMI’s entrepreneur program and is a current member of their Judge's Panel and Consultant In Support For Small Businesses. We are extremely excited to welcome her to our team - and we hope Walnut Hills welcomes her with open arms as she begins her journey in our neighborhood.
"NOVE home&body decor llc is a collaborative expression of interior design and fashion. How we live and what we wear relates to each of our lifestyles, culture and moral. Diversity and inclusion represents the cloth of how I see community. How does this translate to real estate / project management? Poverty stricken neighborhoods with low to middle class families are dear to my heart. I am a product of this demographic. My mission is to empower and Inspire through design and fashion. This means being part of improving blighted areas by utilizing my education of the real estate market, my talent for design and visualization. More importantly, identifying with the fashion of the people that live within this sector. My goal is not to simply make things pretty but to improve the quality of life. Safe, clean, colorful environments improve attitudes and good fashion improves confidence. I am a product of where I have lived, how I live and my presentation. Ultimately it’s how I share my gift that speaks to the legacy and commitment of my work to my new position with WHRF. I am excited to be a part of this community!"
WHRF on front page of The Cincinnati Enquirer's Monday Edition!
On 7/16/2018 we landed on the front page of the Enquirer's printed edition! We'd like to thank the Cincinnati Enquirer for such a great article on top of the other stories and videos about our work they've produced. THANK YOU!
""The grocery-to-be will have things that community members have voiced as important to them: fresh produce from community gardens, meat and dairy from local farms, eggs from local backyard chickens and baked goods from local bakers. These products will be priced affordably, as the project is geared toward helping lower-income consumers in the area...In its proposal, the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation pushed for more than just a grocery store. The application lists services such as a kitchen with soup and juice-making capability, nutrition education programs and a mobile produce truck that will take groceries to residents who can't get to the store." - Cincinnati Enquirer, Jun 26, 2018.
"The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation tells us they are in talks with local food partners to bring more local jobs to the location....'We are talking to a couple of other organizations in the city that we are talking to so that we can raise enough money to redo the Kroger building and make it a food hub,' Waite said. The brewery is also in talks to bring in a local food partner at the site." -WLWT channel 5, Jun 25, 2018.
"What happens next? One hundred thousand dollars, although impressive, do not a complete grocery store make. Dangel, Winters Waite and others plan to meet with design firms to help them map out the space's second act and continue applying to grants they hope will help them provide more comprehensive services. At the $100,000 price point, the store they can afford will be more like a 'mini grocery."' -WCPO channel 9, Jun 25, 2018.
It's our 7th annual festival this year, celebrating everything Walnut Hills! The Walnut Hills Street Food Festival will feature food and entertainment from Walnut Hills on Saturday, September 29th from 11am-5pm, as well as plenty of the fan-favorite activities like the Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo, and others specifically from our Walnut Hills partners. Right now we're looking for company sponsorships of the festival - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can support this festival!
Frankfort YMCA weeding in the Business district
All it takes is an email! This YMCA from Kentucky had heard of the work we do at the WHRF and wanted to give back to our community through volunteering. More than 20 high schoolers came to Walnut Hills in early July to help us out with a project: weeding the tree beds and sidewalks from May Street to Kemper on East McMillan. An hour's time, plus a little help from a weedwacker, helped us clean up the sidewalks on that hot afternoon. Know a project that could use volunteer attention? Email email@example.com !
That big vacant lot across from Green Man Park on East McMillan will be undergoing changes very soon. Expect to see a lot of activity there in the coming weeks and months! To learn more about Milhaus and their project, click here.
Cincinnati Scholar House Broke Ground
We were honored to be part of the Cincinnati Scholar House Groundbreaking Ceremony hosted on June 29th. The Cincinnati Scholar House project will provide subsidized, affordable housing for single parents enrolled in secondary education, given a couple different requirements. There will also be an onsite early learning center to address the multiple time commitments these parents will have. Click here to see the full photo album. For more information on the Cincinnati Scholar House, visit: https://cincinnaticathedral.com/scholar-house/