DeSales Corner Development Corporation

IMG_4931_smOur Mission

The mission of the DeSales Corner Development Corporation (DCDC) is to promote the revitalization of the DeSales Corner business district and neighboring community, encourage rehabilitation, promote safety, facilitate economic development, attract viable businesses, provide employment opportunities for low income residents, and foster a diverse and sustainable community.

We work to accomplish these goals through the efforts of volunteers and a part-time paid staff of 3, communicating with the East Walnut Hills Assembly, the East Walnut Hills Business Group, and neighborhood residents and business owners. Your personal involvement and generous support are greatly appreciated!

Why a Development Corporation?
  • IMG_3306_smWe are your organization to proactively build on the assets and other development efforts in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
  • As an organization we attract investors and funding to East Walnut Hills.
  • We are the liaison between the East Walnut Hills community and the economic development department of the city of Cincinnati and other sources of grants.


Past Accomplishments and Goals:

  • Events

    Participate in developing and promoting family friendly events like: Walk on Woodburn, the Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair, Mardi Gras, Winter Fest, Cincy Summer Streets, Go Vibrant.
  • Grants

    Apply and work with Grants such as: The Duke Energy Grant for Small Businesses in conjunction with The Hamilton County Development Company.

    photo - Duke check

    We wish to extend our thanks to Duke Energy for believing in our East Walnut Hills Business District.  In September 2013, our community through DeSales Corner Development Corporation (DCDC) was the grateful recipient of the Duke Energy Urban Revitalization Grant.  This is a pilot program that provides free small business mentoring, inclusive marketing suggestions and guidance for available resources.  All services are provided by Hamilton County Development Company (HCDC).

    Included in our appreciation is the time our businesses spend with Catherine Fitzgerald and Bob Pickford of HCDC in meeting for a one-on-one confidential consultation.  They are in the process of contacting all of our retail and non-profit businesses on Woodburn and Madison, keeping in mind that we all benefit when our businesses succeed.

    Shop local and you too will contribute to the work that the Duke Energy grant is providing to encourage and retain commerce in our business district.

    Thank you Duke Energy!

  • Revitalization

    Promote continued revitalization of the DeSales Corner/Woodburn Corridor by acquiring and stabilizing vacant buildings.
  • Business Attraction

    Seek out and support private investors and entrepreneurs to continue to bring varied business to the district to meet the needs of the neighborhood. This past year we have seen the opening of Mar De Couture, the Cincinnati Bicycles, Treasures 4 Charity, The Black Rabbit Hair Salon, The Gallery Project and Heterotopia Book Store. Coming soon – Molly Wellman’s Myrtle’s Punch House.
  • Government Applications

    Obtain and implement an application through the City for a Community Entertainment District.
  • Partnerships

    Partner with The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation for a link to a professionally engaged resource.
  • Fundraising

    Secure funds to improve the face of DeSales Corner with continued marketing, new banners, streetscape and signage.