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Pure Romance Jobs Sent to Northern Ky Instead of Downtown
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A company which had planned to move 120 high paying jobs to Downtown Cincinnati may go to Northern Kentucky instead.
Pure Romance, which makes personal enhancement products, such as lotions, lingerie, and sex toys, had a deal to move from Loveland to a downtown office building.
Both the city of Cincinnati and the State of Ohio were going to kick in about half a million dollars worth of tax incentives, combined.
But the state dropped out.
A spokesperson for the Ohio Development Services Agency says this type of project is not the best use of taxpayer resources.
Supporters of the tax incentives say the state is letting political prudery get in the way of economic development.
Cincinnati Councilmember PG Sittenfeld, at a news conference in front of the building where Pure Romance would have relocated, criticized Ohio Governor John Kasich, saying you do not have to work at Pure Romance to know there is nothing sexy about being anti-jobs.
Conservative groups, however, applauded the states decision not to provide incentives. A spokesperson for the Ohio Christian Alliance called Pure Romance a smut business, and said the state should not go after jobs at any price.
Pure Romance CEO Chris Cicchinelli says the company will decide soon where to move.