Post-Election Luncheon – GSG Welcomes the New City Hall

On November 10th, Government Strategies Group welcomed several of the new members of Cincinnati City Council.

On November 10th, Government Strategies Group hosted a luncheon featuring seven of the nine members of the 2022-2024 Cincinnati City Council. Following the 2021 General Election on November 2nd, this was the first post-election event with a majority of the next council. GSG was thrilled to host the councilmembers and councilmembers-elect for its first luncheon in nearly two years since the pandemic began.

Three returning councilmembers Greg Landsman (D), Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney (D), and Liz Keating (R) were joined by Councilmembers-elect Jeff Cramerding,  Scotty JohnsonMeeka Owens, and Victoria Parks. Reggie HarrisMark Jeffreys were out of town and unable to attend.The members spoke about their priorities for working together during the upcoming term. Resounding themes include cohesive leadership, attention to affordable housing and children’s services, and creating a new culture of trust and teamwork.

Key takeaways from the luncheon include:

  • Councilmember Landsman’s eviction-prevention “pay to stay” legislation, which passed Council later that day;
  • Emphasis on data sharing by Councilmember Keating, who suggested coordinating data with Cincinnati Public Schools to better address the needs of families in the city;
  • Minority small business support efforts are underway. Councilmember Kearney applauded the work of MORTAR, a minority business accelerator, and the African American Chamber of Commerce for their COVID-relief efforts;
  • Councilmember-elect Parks emphasized the need for Cincinnati to address child poverty comprehensively by supporting struggling parents looking for jobs and financial assistance;
  • Councilmember-elect Johnson joined Councilmembers Kearney and Landsman in responding to Hamilton County Commission President Summerow Dumas’ concerns about the Cincinnati Police Department firing range in Lincoln Heights, committing to move quickly in the next term so that the city and county can reach a resolution;
  • Councilmember-elect Jeff Cramerding, former board member of the Center for Addiction Treatment, responded to audience questions about engaging local addiction services agencies as opioid settlement money becomes available from the State of Ohio;
  • Councilmember-elect Meeka Owens restated the importance of community engagement and strengthening partnerships with City Hall to tackle major issues like public safety, poverty, and minority business relief.

The new council will be sworn in on January 4, 2022. Among their first responsibilities in the next term will be distributing the second round of funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the spring before focusing on the FY23 operating and capital budgets.

GSG will host Mayor-elect Aftab Pureval an upcoming luncheon. Mayor-elect Pureval will be sworn in with the newest members of City Council in early January 2022. He is responsible for assigning city council committees, committee membership and appointing a vice mayor and president pro-temp. After the election, Mayor-elect Pureval underscored his commitment to national searches for the city’s next city manager and police chief. Paula Boggs Muething will stay in her role as City Manager while the search is underway.

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Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip 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