Building Partnerships

Throughout 2017, OKI worked in partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, City of Cincinnati, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), to form an alliance with Uber to employ technology to improve the transportation network, mobility and advance us as a “smart” region.

OKI’s conversations with Uber have revolved around the sharing of data. Uber Movement has been around for about a year and is available for 8 other cities around the world. It provides another dataset for the OKI Transportation Modeling department to analyze the impacts of ridesharing on modal choice for potential consideration and implementation into the Travel Demand Model.

OKI entered into an MOU with Uber, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, City of Cincinnati, SORTA and TANK to launch the Cincinnati Mobility Lab. This new data will benefit OKI’s Travel Demand Model; conduct a study with SORTA and TANK to develop strategies for better serving transit riders and regional employers; create an employer forum to work with the private sector on solving their commuting challenges; and expand Uber’s presence in the region with a new support center hub and a dedicated Uber manager who is stationed here.

Tri-State Transportation and Logistics Council

In 2017, OKI continued its membership in this freight industry trade association that includes business members, government agencies, chambers of commerce, port authorities, educational institutions and business support services. The Council works for strategic regional initiatives and serves as a catalyst for economic development, a source of business connections and a resource for news on the latest industry trends. As a member, OKI staff participates in the Council’s two committees: Joint Workforce and Technology/Environmental Committee and Joint Business Environment and Infrastructure Committee to address critical freight challenges through collaboration across our region. Two specific ways OKI staff assisted TLC was in the planning and promotion of the European American Chamber of Commerce’s September 26, 2017 Cargo Summit, as well as the drafting of text and layout design for the Tri-State Logistics Council Regional Truck Parking Survey in summer 2017.


CORIS Version 2.0: Leveraging Data Innovation and P3s in Regional Freight Transportation Planning

In 2016, having combined the unique assets of OKI and CORBA (Central Ohio River Business Association), CORIS (Central Ohio River Information System) was born. CORIS is an online interactive mapping tool that identifies key features of the Port that may be of importance to potential site selectors, maritime industry members, investors, politicians and the public-at-large. OKI houses the server for CORIS and allows CORBA to host the interactive map from their website at In 2017, the two organizations again joined forces to update and expand CORIS to better serve our region’s maritime freight activities. New data collected and incorporated now includes: number of employees, commodity types (inbound/outbound), and average annual total tonnage (inbound/outbound) handled at each site. CORIS is a perfect example of how the public and private sectors can partner and pull together existing resources to create a mega-marketing tool to promote our underutilized maritime freight industry.

Fiscal Impact Analysis Model

The OKI Fiscal Impact Analysis Model (FIAM) Partnership Program provides jurisdictions in the region with an ability to compare fiscal impacts of potential future land use scenarios with existing land use.  By estimating both revenues and service costs associated with land use activities, communities applying the FIAM tool in their decision making are armed with a better understanding of how a land use change is most likely going to affect their annual budget. 

In 2017, OKI updated the online interface to be more user friendly and even more powerful.  The FIAM now calculates impacts to school districts and can estimate results of changes within tax increment finance (TIF) districts.

Current FIAM partners include, Dearborn County, and the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County – serving the cities of Covington, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Independence, and Taylor Mill. Any community in the OKI region can participate in the FIAM program for a $1,000 initial set-up cost and $2,500 annually.  



Community Strategic Energy Plans

With an award from the Duke Class Benefit Fund, OKI began producing Community Strategic Energy Plans for two interested local communities in 2017; The Village of Cleves and Colerain Township.  Although generally based on content from the US Department of Energy’s guide on producing a local energy plan, OKI worked with the local governments to tailor each plan to the local community’s situation; and each plan featured robust public input.

Ways this project benefits the local Community and the Region:

  • Builds awareness of how energy affects local communities and ties into traditional community planning topics like transportation, housing, economic development, and natural systems
  • Develops a knowledge base, data, and indicators that can be used to understand energy impacts throughout the region
  • Provides funds to kick-start the implementation of the plans
  • Builds stronger awareness of local priorities regarding energy, which is expected to lead to further local and regional activity on energy issues

This project is resulting in a much better understanding of something that is currently lacking from the discussion of energy issues – and that is local community priorities.  We have come to understand that things work better when our regional transportation priorities and local land use priorities are mutually aligned.  The same holds true for our energy policies and infrastructure.  It is essential that we develop a locally-driven set of energy priorities and are able to effectively communicate those to everyone involved in the energy field.  Technologies and regulations are changing rapidly.  As a region, we need to develop a voice in that conversation – and that voice starts at the local community level.

This program will continue through 2019 with six additional communities.