It's been a year and one month since I moved here from the Philadelphia suburbs and I continue to be amazed by everything this area has to offer. After living in the East (Philadelphia and New York) for over 30 years, one of the best decisions I ever made was to move to Hamilton, Ohio. The next great decision was seizing the opportunity to be the President of the Chamber of Commerce in this wonderfully diverse, economically progressive city led by true visionaries!
When I talk about diversity, Hamilton has it all. The residents represent a richness of cultural and economic backgrounds that creates a vibe unlike any other in the region. There is so much happening here from the business perspective, entrepreneurial start-ups, new employers and culture it is just amazing. This weekend for example was the Ice Fest, many hundreds were in attendance for the fire and ice display, and if you have never seen a ice sculpture lit on fire...well you had to witness it to believe it. Just since last Friday in Hamilton I have tasted some of the best home-made cookies at a local shop that just opened, enjoyed locally made craft beer, experienced the outdoor charm of the Ice Fest, walked down a street that, although smaller, rivals anything Georgetown (outside D.C.) has to offer, enjoyed live jazz with an excellent Merlot, stuffed myself at an Irish Pub and looked for antique treasures in a local resale shop!
The vibe is one of entrepreneurial excitement with a local dose of passion and love for their community. If you have not been to Hamilton you really need to check it out. There is much to see and do, the city is easy to navigate, the people are friendly, if you are a Chardonnay snob or a beer drinking casual type of person you will feel welcome. For business large and small the opportunities are here. Oh yes, by the way if you are one of those Millenials looking for a fabulous loft apartment-those are here too but you have to act fast. I hear they are occupied as soon as they are finished. In fact, I understand High/Main Street is like a magnet to Millenials who are embracing the new growth and regeneration of the downtown area where they can live, work and seek entertainment and culture-all within walking distance.
So, I am a little biased being a resident and now the Chamber President in this great community of Hamilton but no less amazed by all that is happening here. The most exciting thing for me though, is this is just the beginning and a small look into the future of where the Hamilton Business Community and the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is going.