Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley touts Queen City 'renaissance' on 'Cincy in NYC' tour

NEW YORK – Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is spreading the news about the Queen City's "renaissance" to a business audience in New York and across America this week.

It was like a St. Xavier High homecoming when the mayor was interviewed on CNBC’s Squawk Box Thursday by CNBC anchor Joe Kernen. Both are St. X graduates.

WATCH: Click here to see a two-minute clip of the interview.

"The main reason we're here is because we're in the beginning of a huge wave of renaissance," Cranley told the three CNBC panelists. The mayor was joined by Joanna Reeder, president of REDI Cincinnati, the region's lead economic development agency.

"During the recession, the business community and the public sector invested over $2.5 billion to the revitalize our downtown and Over-the-Rhine," Cranley told the panel. "When no one else could get construction going, we doubled down. We have this vibrancy that is like nothing else in the country."

Reeder slipped in the fact that KPMG recently named Cincinnati the second most cost-effective place to do business in the U.S.

When Kernen mentioned how easy it is to drive to a ballgame and park, Reeder added, "We like to say it's the most convenient big city in America."

Cranley will be a guest Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” cable TV program. Cranley is scheduled to appear at approximately 7:45 a.m. 

Their appearances are part of the “Cincy In NYC” excursion to New York from May 6-12. Arts, political and business leaders from Cincinnati are joining together to promote all the amenities the Queen City has to offer for potential tourists, residents and businesses.

RELATED: Dan Monk's story about the political and business initiative behind "Cincy in NY."
RELATED:  Matt Peiken's story on what the trip means for arts organizations.

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