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College Hill

What toppings are on a perfect pizza?
Pepperoni, sausage and banana peppers

Why does the work that MORTAR is doing in communities matter?
Great communities find a way to encourage their members to participate in their continued well-being and success.  Through the work of MORTAR, community members who may not have felt equipped or prepared to participate are being empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a part of their community’s business landscape.  When residents are able to start and grow businesses in their own communities, the community wins.

If you could only listen to one musician/artist/band for the rest of your life, who would that be? Why? 
Dave Matthews Band. A group of great musicians who never play a song the same way twice – plus I’m a dad now so….

If you could be the mayor of Cincinnati for a day, what’s one thing that you would change?
I would make Opening Day a city-wide holiday.

Share your thoughts on the idea of “Building businesses. Transforming Cities.”
Building businesses that are not only owned and operated by residents of the city but that also serve and meet the needs of the city’s residents creates a thriving marketplace.  People see themselves in the businesses, aspire to participate and feel a sense of belonging. Cities where folks are able to dream big dreams and find pathways to successfully see their dreams become reality are the cities that draw people in and are made up of vibrant neighborhoods.

Final thoughts? 
As a life-long resident of College Hill and as someone who has seen the impact a business district and its well-being can have on a neighborhood, the work that MORTAR is doing in neighborhoods to lower some traditional barriers to entry is not only admirable but essential.  I’m excited to see how our city and others are impacted as MORTAR continues to expand its work.

Jacob Samad, a MORTAR board member, tells us a little about himself in our newest Crew Love segment. #wearemortar Click To Tweet


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