If working from home has you feeling a little hemmed in, you can now take your laptop to ’s Village Green and enjoy a little fresh air while you take care of business, with free WiFi courtesy of a partnership between the city and Cincinnati Bell.

is the first small city in to offer a Smart City hot spot that brings free WiFi to the central business district, the Village Green and Crescent Park. Users can log on through a splash page at “ Free WiFi,” which is live.

The goal is to engage residents and visitors with ’s businesses and entertainment options, as well as to inform them about upcoming and recreation opportunities. The information will be continually updated to provide the most up-to-the-minute news about what’s going on in the community.

City Manager said she sees the Smart City solution as a tool to spur rapid economic recovery after the COVID shutdown, and a way to facilitate better communication with residents and visitors about how they can take advantage of ’s many business and entertainment opportunities.

has so much to offer in terms of dining, entertainment and shopping,” says Tetley. “This tool gives us a high tech resource to keep residents and visitors informed about the latest news from these businesses, as well as about recreation options from the city, such as our DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area).”

As the city develops the Village Green and rolls out more event programming in the future beyond the COVID crisis, free WiFi will be one more way residents can connect to learn more about their community.