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Lincoln Grant Scholar House among 2017 Impact 100 award recipients

The nonprofit Impact 100 donates time, effort and resources to help the community. On Sept. 12, the organization gave $101,000 to four local groups focusing on impact areas that include: culture; education; environment, preservation and recreation; family and health and wellness.

One of those groups, the NKY Community Action Commission, will use its award to help fund the Lincoln Grant Scholar House, a home located in Covington for single parents pursing college education. The Scholar House provides an affordable living option as well as childcare and free workshops designed to help single-parent families escape generational poverty.

Impact 100 was started in Cincinnati in 2001 by Wendy Steele, with the goal of promoting philanthropy among women. The thinking was, if 100 women each donated $1,000, a grant of $100,000 could be awarded to a nonprofit community organization.

The nonprofit has since gone global, now with more than 30 chapters in the U.S. and two in Australia. Locally, Impact 100 has raised more than $400,000 annually, enough to give $100,000 grants to four recipients every year.

This year's recipients were selected from a pool of more than 100 nonprofit candidate groups.

Read the full story at SoapboxMedia.com.

Kay Geiger to receive 2017 Metropolitan Award

Kay Geiger will be the honoree at the sold-out 20th Annual Metropolitan Award Dinner on Oct. 24. The event will be sponsored by Western & Southern Financial and feature presentations by guests from Miami University, North American Properties and Standard Textile.
Geiger, who serves as PNC Bank’s president for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, receives this year’s award for her significant contributions to unify the region through leadership and commitment to economic and community development.
Geiger also serves on the boards and executive committees for the Kenton County/CVG Airport Board, Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, 3CDC and REDI Cincinnati. She also serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cintrifuse, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Zoological Society of Cincinnati and CincyTech.
Geiger is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Cincinnati Business Advisory Committee.
Past recipients of The Metropolitan Award have included Kathryn Merchant, Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, William T. Robinson III, Dr. James and Rachel Votruba, Robert Sathe, Robert Castellini, William Burleigh, Judge Nathanial Jones, A.G. Lafley, Wayne Carlisle, William Keating, Patricia Corbett, Otto Budig, Jr., Ed and Carole Rigaud, William P. Butler, Joseph Head, Joseph Hayden and Oliver Waddell.
Read the full story at MetropolitanClub.net.

CVG gains momentum with addition of Southwest Airlines

In a huge win for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which recently downsized to just one terminal, Southwest Airlines has announced it will be moving in this summer.

Cincinnati was known as a hub for Delta until a few years ago when a number of cutbacks affected Delta's service to CVG. Delta now only operates about 100 flights per week at the airport. This has opened the airport up to other airlines, including budget airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and now Southwest. 

Passengers will be able to take one of eight daily Southwest flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport or Chicago Midway.

Read the whole story here.

Amazon planning $1.5 billion cargo hub at CVG

Last week, CVG received more good news: Amazon is planning to build a $1.5 billion cargo hub at the airport. This comes on the tail end of Southwest Airlines' announcement that it will be adding flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Chicago Midway.

With the completion of the proposed 2-million-square-foot facility, Amazon will be able to rely less on UPS and FedEx for air deliveries. The hub will also house Amazon's current and future fleet of airplanes, and bring about 2,000 jobs to the area.

To read the full Forbes story, click here.

Work Ready Initiative identifies two NKY projects for potential funding

Two Northern Kentucky organizations were identified for potential first-round funding by the Work Ready Skills Initiative.
The first is Boone County Schools and the second is Brighton Center, Inc. in Newport. They were among 22 other education-based finalists from around the state who applied and were selected to advance from a pool of more than 40 applicants from Kentucky’s 10 workforce areas.
The initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. A 10-member committee met last week in Frankfort to conduct interviews with applicants and review site-visit reports.
The committee will reconvene in January to examine budget specifics in an effort to maximize the funding impact across Kentucky. They will reserve at least $35 million for a second round of funding in 2017.
“We were overwhelmed by the quality of proposals and the strong public-private collaborations we witnessed this week,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, who chairs the committee. “It is apparent that the Work Ready Skills Initiative is being embraced statewide, as communities seek to transform their workforce.”
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.


NKY police graduate from executive development program

Four of the 22 law enforcement offers who graduated last week from Kentucky’s Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) program hail from Northern Kentucky.
The program involves an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at small- and mid-sized agencies across the state.
CJED is a four-week, 168-hour program that focuses on identifying, analyzing and solving problems as well as leadership, personnel administration, operations, fiscal management, and executive and environmental relationships. The most recent cohort represents the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s 19th CJED class.
Students attend CJED courses for one week each month over the four-month program.
To take part in CJED, candidates must be supervisors who rank sergeant or above. Applications are reviewed by a committee of CJED graduates from departments across Kentucky.
The four graduates from Northern Kentucky included:
  • Sgt. Matthew Kremer, Erlanger Police Department
  • Capt. Todd Massey, Kenton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sgt. Emily Melville, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department
  • Commander Brian Valenti, Covington Police Department 
Keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony included Kenton County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Shawn Butler and Oldham County Police Sgt. James Brown.
Read the full River City News story here.


Daymar College to refund $1.2 million to former students

Attorney General Andy Beshear recently announced that Daymar College, which has campuses throughout Kentucky, must issue refunds to nearly 3,500 former students as part of a consumer protection lawsuit filed against the school in 2011.
The lawsuit alleged that Daymar violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by denying students access to financial aid to buy their textbooks from vendors other than Daymar’s bookstore, which allegedly charged significantly higher prices than other vendors; misrepresenting students’ ability to transfer credits earned at Daymar to other institutions; admitting students who failed Daymar’s admissions assessment in violation of the school’s own admissions policy and hiring unqualified faculty who lacked the required credentials.
The college continues to “emphatically deny” these allegations.
As part of the case settlement, Daymar has already forgiven $11 million in student debt to nearly 6,500 qualifying students.
“College has never been more unaffordable, and students are being crushed with debt,” Beshear said. “The Attorney General’s office is focused on ensuring Kentucky’s students are treated fairly. Every week it seems our office receives a call by a former Daymar student who is wanting finality in this case. I’m pleased that our office could announce that these students will be receiving restitution.”
Read the full River City News story here.


CVG CEO lauds departing Skyward president in sendoff

In a November press release, longtime Skyward president Bill Scheyer announced his retirement from the organization that aims to create and implement a strategic vision for Northern Kentucky.
Scheyer is a 40-plus-year veteran of service to NKY and has been a member of Skyward’s leadership since 2009, when the organization was known as Vision 2015. Vision 2015 rebranded early last year, following consensus from participating organizations that culminated in the creation of a four-point myNKY regional plan to facilitate job growth, education enrichment, health and wellness and community vibrancy.
Candace McGraw, CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and chair of the Skyward Board of Directors noted at a recent sendoff ceremony, “We’re grateful to have had Bill lead us through the significant shift from Vision 2015 to Skyward and through the myNKY strategic planning process. Collective visioning is a strong community asset, due in large part to Bill’s vision, leadership and commitment to improving Northern Kentucky.”
Among his goals for retirement, Scheyer noted a desire to spend time with family, but said, “I plan to continue to stay involved and support the important issues I have cared about for so many year.”
Read the full River City News story here.


Levee looks ahead with new retail leasing agent

Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc. has been named as the exclusive retail leasing agent for Newport On the Levee.
The announcement comes on the heels of news that the $80 million Aqua On the Levee residential expansion is meeting occupancy expectations, with tenants already leasing 91 of 239 available units.
“Greater Cincinnati is our hometown,” said Mark Fallon, Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc. “Whether developing projects of our own, or working on behalf of others, nothing gives us greater pride and pleasure than working to enhance the local retail, dining and entertainment offerings throughout the region. We look forward to getting started.”
Levee General Manager Harold Dull said the group selected Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate firm because of “their proven successes locally.” Locally, the group has been credited with bringing profitable tenants to Rookwood Commons, The Banks, USquare at The Loop, Kenwood Collection and Crestview Hills Town Center.
“They have a long history of outstanding success and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on our team,” said Dull.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Construction to begin soon on KY 536 in Boone County

A segment of KY state route 536 will soon undergo expansion that will see the addition of widened roadways, roundabouts and multi-use paths.
WL Harper Company and Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron were contracted to complete the project along a three-mile stretch of Mt. Zion Road, which is expected to increase safety and improve traffic flow in the surrounding Union area.
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new Kentucky 536 and U.S. 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness.”
The Mt. Zion roadway will be widened from two to five lanes starting at the I-71/75 southbound entrance and exit ramps, westward to U.S. 42. The five lanes will revert back to two at Old Union Road.
Yeager also said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue advancing design for improvements to additional KY 536 segments in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
Read the full River City News story here.


NKY high school culinary students earn college credit through Sullivan University

Louisville-based Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies now offers articulation agreements for local students interested in cooking and hospitality careers.
The program is currently being extended to students in Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Grant County and Williamstown schools, but Sullivan has plans to soon forge similar agreements with other NKY schools.
“Our students love taking the culinary arts classes offered at the high school,” said Katelyn Phillips, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Campbell County High school. “They get to learn trendy cooking techniques as well as operating a student-run catering business for our school and community. We do so much hands-on cooking and learning, the students see how this real-world skill is beneficial to them and how they can use these techniques in the future.”
Sullivan University Provost Dr. Kenneth Miller said articulation agreements allow parents and students to save money on tuition costs while providing students with a chance to earn college credits while still in high school.
“At Sullivan University, we know that the cost of college weighs heavily on the minds of students and their parents,” Miller said. “With this in mind, we crafted these agreements with the idea of bringing down the cost of college while letting a student finish a degree program faster.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Ludlow entrepreneur gets serious about clown business

Paul Hallinan Miller is the driving force behind Ludlow’s popular Circus Mojo, a training ground for circus arts, where Miller has served up performances as well as beer for the last four years.
Circus Mojo has featured artists from 36 countries in an effort to put Ludlow on the global map for theatre arts destinations.
Now, Miller will partner with Belgium native Matthew Vermael to combine a new brewery concept with the circus business under the appropriately named Bircus Brewing Company. The pair will draw upon Belgian-inspired brew recipes, and proceeds will support Circus Mojo’s Social Circus Fund, which assists Ludlow’s children, nursing homes and hospitals.
“The theatre is a great venue, but you don’t make enough money selling other people’s beer,” said Miller.
Miller was able to raise $150,000 for the project from a variety of sources. “What’s so neat about this is my butcher invested, my doctor invested, a lot of people are investing, and I’ve been really specific and strategic in raising this money,” he said. “I wanted to tie in the whole idea of give the gift of beer this year, buy your dad a share in the brewery.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Chamber launches goods drive for Northern Kentucky homeless

The Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation will partner with regional family resource coordinators this season to help identify the needs of local homeless populations and to collect and distribute personal hygiene products for those groups.
More than a dozen organizations from around the region are joining in the effort, with groups like Anthem, Staffmark, General Cable, L’Oreal, TANK and others providing support.
The initiative will help the more than 1,000 families across Northern Kentucky school districts who have been identified as homeless and/or in need of basic essentials.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response from our community,” said Tiffany Osborne, Vice President of Workforce at the NKY Chamber Foundation. “What started as a small project has turned into a regional effort to provide these products to a growing number of homeless here in Northern Kentucky. It has been great to see businesses getting involved, organizing their own collections, and doing whatever they can to serve these families.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


KY lawmakers convene to discuss state of horseracing

"I just wanted to emphasize the importance of historical horse racing to the Commonwealth," Kentucky Racing Commission Chairman Frank Kling told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations during a recent meeting at Turfway Park in Florence.
Instant Racing — or historical horseracing wagering — was introduced at Kentucky Downs five years ago and has since expanded to Ellis Park in Henderson and Red Mile in Lexington. Officials say that form of betting helps increase the total amount of money paid out to owners of horses racing at a particular track.
KY Horse Racing Commission Board Member Mark Simendinger said states like Illinois, New Jersey and California that do not offer historical horseracing wagering suffer the economic effects.
"They have struggled," Simendinger said. "It is a struggle without that additional money. For us to compete it is vital for us to have the best conditions, the best purse program."
Read the full River City News story here.


Bellevue opens region's fifth Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Local shoppers seeking discounted home renovation supplies can now look no farther than the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which opened recently on Donnermeyer Drive, in a shopping center that has long housed Goodwill, Big Lots and other discount merchants.
The new Bellevue Restore is the fifth of its kind in the region and will feature salvaged appliances, cabinets, furniture, building products and other household items.
The nonprofit, Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) is the group behind the ReStore project. The Greater Cincinnati chapter opened in 1986 in efforts, according to the group’s website, to, “…build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
HFHGC salvages items from demolished and abandoned properties throughout the region. According to its website, the group is responsible for diverting up to 500 tons of waste from local landfills each year.
Visit the HFHGC website for more information.

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