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City of Cincinnati supporters want GE to pick Oakley

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- General Electric is building a shared services center in the region and with it comes 1,400 jobs.
Now that the fight to get the center in the tri-state is over the fight to get it in the city of Cincinnati is just heating up.  And it's pitting one neighborhood against another.
Oakley is one of the three primary choices for the new site.  The neighborhood is up against The Banks on the riverfront and Mason.  Business owners and other supporters of Oakley are hoping to get the nod from GE. 

The people who live and work in Oakley love it for the dozens of eclectic stores and restaurants.  Now they're making their pitch for why GE should choose the neighborhood as the site of its new shared services center.

Mike Misleh owns the Oakley Skyline and said, "Oakley's so strategically located.  We're near 71/ 75, the Norwood lateral, it's a walkable community.  It's not only the neighborhood of Oakley that's affected.  We have Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Pleasant Ridge, Madisonville."  
Supporters say the new Oakley Station on Madison Road is the ideal location for GE, especially with new apartments coming and existing homes.

Oakley Community Council member, Dan Bennie, said, "All those homes are out there for high income people and people that are just buying their first home and starting out."   

GE says the center will bring high-paying finance, IT, and human resources jobs.  Two other locations are also being considered: the industrial area around Mason and The Banks downtown.  Mayor John Cranley says he'll be happy with either Cincinnati location.

"I'm a competitive person and we want these jobs in the city of Cincinnati.  So we're going to working hard to convince them that it's in their interest to be closer to all of these other Fortune 500 companies downtown or in Oakley," Cranley said.

Supporters also say Oakley offers more surface parking than downtown.  Regardless of where GE settles, Mayor Cranley says its a win for the region. 

But in Oakley, "We just love being here.  We love this community.  It's easy to do business here.  This is Cincinnati."

GE hopes to break ground on the shared services center by the end of the summer.

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