City names Neighborhood Catalytic Capital program awardees

The city of Cincinnati announced its awardees for the new Neighborhood Catalytic Capital Investment Program requests for proposal. These capital RFPs were funded through the FY22 carryover budget passed in the fall.


Congratulations to the American Sign Museum for receiving a $100,000 award towards its Phase II facility expansion in Camp Washington, and to ArtWorks for a $150,000 award towards the Creative Campus in Walnut Hills. Government Strategies Group is a proud partner of these community arts organizations.


The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) selected thirteen of the twenty-seven project applicants to allocate $1.8 million in capital funds. More than $8.8 million in requests were received and evaluated by a seven-person committee, comprised of members of city staff, Homebase, and Invest in Neighborhoods.


DCED Director Markiea Carter first presented the administration’s recommendation to the Budget & Finance Committee last week. The committee, chaired by Councilmember Reggie Harris, approved the ordinance encompassing those recommendations today. The ordinance will move forward to a full vote by Council on Wednesday, March 29th, where it is expected to pass. 

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Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip Gerhardt has made government affairs, economic development, and issue advocacy his life’s work. He’s worked for decades in the public and private sectors, and advocated at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2007, he used that experience to found Government Strategies Group, a full-service government relations firm. At GSG, he works directly with clients, helping them navigate the complicated intersection of politics, public policy, and business.

In his many years in public policy, Chip has been involved in significant policies including; creation of tax increment financing districts, the Clean Ohio program, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and most importantly, the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest developments in Greater Cincinnati, including the Horseshoe (now Hard Rock) Casino, TQL Stadium for FC Cincinnati, parking garage structures at The Banks, and the redevelopment of the @580 building. Rarely is there a public policy endeavor in Cincinnati that does not involve GSG.

Chip received his B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife Jane. Son Charlie is a local chef and children Hank and Anne have completed their education and started lives of their own.

Focus areas:

  • State and local government relations
  • Economic development
  • Issue advocacy

Driven by:

  • A lifelong interest in the political system has driven Chip to a career in public policy and politics. As a parent of three, one with Down syndrome, has compelled him to promote public policies designed to help others. Whether it is enabling financial independence for people with disabilities, advancing funding for housing families facing homelessness, or assisting with economic development projects, Chip involves himself in things that make a positive difference. 

In the community:

  • Hamilton County Board of Elections member
  • Current Board Member for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, People Working Cooperatively, Corporation for Findlay Market, goVibrant, and the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Former board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 of the Region’s Most Powerful Business Leaders, 2021-2022
  • Cincy Magazine Power 100, 2011-2022