July 17, 2017: Federal government officials have selected a site near the University of Cincinnati to build a $110 million research laboratory that is scheduled to be operated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On Thursday, July 13, 2017, CDC officials identified a parcel at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Reading Road as the preferred site for the the massive Research Center. The Center is scheduled to employ about 550 people who now work at two separate but aging NIOSH laboratories in the Greater Cincinnati area. “We are thrilled to learn that NIOSH chose to locate their new research facility in the Uptown Innovation Corridor," said Beth Robinson, the chief executive officer of the Uptown Consortium. "For years, we’ve known the value of the MLK and Reading site to the investigative sciences." NIOSH, which recommends ways to prevent injuries, illnesses and deaths related to work, previously indicated the agency would likely require about fourteen acres to consolidate the Robert A. Taft Laboratory on Columbia Parkway in the East End and the Alice Hamilton Laboratory on Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge. The location selected for a new lab is close to the UC College of Medicine, the UC Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and a local Environmental Protection Agency facility. Officials at the Uptown Consortium, a non-profit organization that includes some of the largest hospital systems in Greater Cincinnati, argued it makes sense to have a consolidated NIOSH facility located in that neighborhood.