October Program: Hamilton and Middletown - Cities That Are Growing Together

October 18, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Jack Casino
1000 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Merging metros. 

For more than a decade, experts have said the Cincinnati and Dayton metros are merging together. Metroplex is the word that's mentioned, but the reality is this explosive growth along the Interstate 75 corridor involves several key communities and some county initiatives. The Greater Cincinnati SMPS October program is evaluating this business boom and the related population growth. Join us to hear from experts from Hamilton and Middletown to discover key initiatives that intend to grow business as these two cities grow together, and help our region grow together, too. Senior Staff Reporter Tom Demeropolis of the Cincinnati Business Courier will moderate this discussion.

Please note the October luncheon will be in the Jack Casino Party Room, formerly the Margaritaville restaurant space


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More about the speakers:

  • Ashley Combs, planning director, City of Middletown

    Ashley began her career with the City of Middletown in December 2015. She was student athlete at the University of Cincinnati where she received her Bachelor of Urban Planning and Master of Community Planning from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP). She is currently studying to receive a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky’s College of Design.

    Ashley is a board member that serves on the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Board of Directors and Intermodal Coordinating Committee (ICC). She is also a member of the American Planning Association, American Planning Association Ohio Chapter, Heritage Ohio, and Tri-State Trails.

  • Mallory Greenham, small business development specialist, City of Hamilton

    Mallory Greenham is a Small Business Development Specialist for the City of Hamilton's Economic Development Department. She previously served as Executive Director of Downtown Middletown Inc (2015-2017) and Marietta Main Street (2011-2013), both of which are Ohio Main Street programs through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mallory brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and experience to the fields of downtown revitalization, small business development, non-profit capacity building, and community engagement. She owns a small business, Spoken Bicycles, with her husband in Middletown, Ohio, and is a graduate of the Ohio State University

  • Tom Demeropolis, senior staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier


Tom Demeropolis has been with the Cincinnati Business Courier for nearly eight years. Currently, he is senior reporter, covering commercial real estate, residential real estate and development. Prior to joining the Courier, Demeropolis spent 2.5 years at the Dayton Business Journal, also part of American City Business Journals.

Demeropolis attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Journalism. There, he worked for the award-winning independent student newspaper, the News Record. He received his master’s in Journalism from Ball State University.


11:30: Networking and Registration 

12 - 1PM: Program - Please note the program and lunch will begin promptly at noon.

Lunch Menu:
Entree: Seared Salmon with Wilted Spinach, White Cheddar Potato Casserole, Tomato Chutney, and Buerre Blanc
Vegetarian Entree: Vegetable Wellington with Roasted Vegetables, Riccotta Cheese, Puff Pastry, with Chef's Choice of Sauce, Starch, and Vegetable
Dessert: Blondie with Salted Caramel, Chocolate Sauce, and Chantilly Cream

For any questions on this program or registration, please contact Katy Crossen at or 513-527-1820. 

Online registration closes at 5 pm on Monday, October 15. Anyone (including members) wishing to register after this cut-off date will be charged the walk-in rate. Kindly register before the deadline to ensure you are not charged additional fees.


$40.00 Greater Cincinnati SMPS Member
$75.00 after 05:01 pm October 15

$65.00 Non Member
$75.00 after 05:01 pm October 15

$55.00 Partnering Organizations (ACI, ABC, NAWIC, SDA, ASPE)
$75.00 after 05:01 pm October 15

$40.00 Current Members of Another SMPS Chapter
$75.00 after 05:01 pm October 15

$75.00 Walk-in

$15.00 Student Member
$30.00 after 05:01 pm October 15