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Covington works quickly to rectify flooding threat to neighborhoods and green space


At one critical point last year, a levee at Covington’s 21st Street was sliding, prompting an “unacceptable” inspection rating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last October.
 
The sliding posed a serious flooding threat for the Wallace Woods and Austinburg neighborhoods along the Licking River.
 
City Officials worked quickly on repairs that were estimated to cost between $1-2 million. The Licking River Greenway & Trails were closed while Great Lake Construction Company conducted repairs to the levee and finished portions of the greenway/trails.
 
As the city now works to secure funds for additional necessary repairs to a paved section of the greenway connecting to 8th Street, officials announced that the paved portion that runs along the top of the levee has been reopened.
 
Currently, the Licking River Greenway & Trails consists of a mile of paved trail. Organizers hope to ultimately extend the trails project through Covington, Latonia and Taylor Mill in Kenton County, and Wilder and Newport in Campbell County, where it will connect with neighboring trail systems like Riverfront Commons, which will run east to west along the Ohio River.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

NKY smoking rates continue to be concern for health officials


Northern Kentucky streets and sidewalks are consistently littered with discarded cigarette butts. The volume of smokers in Kentucky ranks the state as third in the nation, and Northern Kentucky contributes heavily to that.

Twenty-seven percent of Kenton County residents use cigarettes, including high school and middle school students.

“We have a long rich history of growing tobacco in Kentucky. Even though that's not the number-one crop in Kentucky, the historical knowledge and influence that it has had is still very prevalent for us today,” said Stephanie Vogle, Director of Population Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “We hear about people being sent to college from their parents growing tobacco. They may still have plots of tobacco. You have that particular piece that plays quite a bit into why we in this region smoke more.”

Campaigns against smoking, citing the serious health risks associated with cigarettes, are ubiquitous. Here, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has teamed up with other like-minded organizations to form the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

Read the full River City News story here.
 

New cross-county TANK route creates quick trip through town

Officials in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties have agreed to fund a bus route that runs across the region. Currently, all TANK bus routes run to and from downtown Covington and downtown Cincinnati, but the new route will connect cities across Northern Kentucky. 

Reports The Cincinnati Enquirer:
 
The extra dollars ... will pay for the first east-west connector that doesn't run through downtown Cincinnati or Covington. The cross-county route has been on TANK's wish list for seven years and will start operating Aug. 1.

TANK leaders believe the route – which will stretch from Florence to Cold Spring, stopping in Crestview Hills, Fort Wright and Northern Kentucky University – will connect people to employment, education and shopping opportunities.

With demand expected to rise for public transit from young adults and a growing senior citizen population, county leaders hope it will also increase ridership. 
 
Read the full story here.
 

myNKY invites residents to help shape Northern Kentucky's future

If you had a million dollars to allocate to your community, where would you spend it? Housing? Jobs? Education? Health? Transportation? This is the question posed, in game form, on Vision 2015’s new website, www.myNKY.org. The site and the new six-month campaign, myNKY, were launched last Thursday with an event at Northern Kentucky University’s Bank of Kentucky Center.
 
During the Norse men’s basketball game, spectators were shown videos produced by Vision 2015, and featuring NKU President Geoff Mearns, among others, asking the question, “What is your NKY?” (You can watch the videos atwww.youtube.com/user/itsmynky.) A key part of the event was one of the campaign’s most interesting features, a wall, designed by Covington creative firmBLDG, that invites people to write on it their response to the statement, “I want myNKY to be ________.”

Volunteers from among NKU’s student body invited people to give their ideas, and many did. The input was as diverse and eclectic as Northern Kentucky's population — some want more green space and more walking-friendly neighborhoods; others want more arts and culture; many are concerned with transportation (if you’ve ever sat in traffic in Union or Florence, you know why); several are concerned with education, and still more with job creation.
 
Read the full Soapbox story here.
 

Gov. Beshear Celebrates TMK IPSCO Investment, Breaks Ground for Ferrous Metal Processing in NKY

Governor Steve Beshear today joined community leaders and officials from TMK IPSCO and Ferrous Metal Processing to celebrate a partnership that will retain nearly 300 Kentucky jobs, bring 20 new jobs and entail a $27.6 million capital investment in Northern Kentucky.
 
With the assistance of state tax incentives approved earlier this year, pipe producer TMK IPSCO is making a number of new investments at its Wilder facility that will support the retention of 298 Kentucky jobs. The latest success of the company's $15.6 million reinvestment project is the recruitment of Ferrous Metal Processing, which will locate on an adjacent property.
 
"Together, the investments made by TMK IPSCO and the commitment that Ferrous Metal Processing has made to the Wilder location are a strong testimony to the diverse advantages that Kentucky’s business climate and quality of life has to offer," Gov. Beshear said. "Companies like Ferrous Metal Processing will continue to choose Kentucky as a place to invest and expand, and companies like TMK IPSCO will continue to make investments in their Kentucky communities. We are pleased to be part of their success stories."
 
TMK IPSCO and Ferrous have entered into an agreement for the installation of a new slitting line, bringing 20 new jobs and an additional $12 million investment to the region. Ferrous will own and operate the new facility and slit steel coils for TMK IPSCO on a toll basis. The companies have entered into a 12-year contract in which Ferrous will provide 100 percent of TMK IPSCO's slitting needs for the production of pipe at the Wilder plant.
 
Officials broke ground today on the soon-to-be constructed 43,000-square-foot building, which is expected to start commercial production in the fall of 2012.
 
"We are very excited to be continuing to expand our operations in Northern Kentucky," said Vicki L. Avril, president and CEO of TMK IPSCO. "Between the government support and the talented workforce here, we should be able to turn what has been a struggling operation into one that is financially viable, superior in quality and competitive in our industry. It's a win for the state, for this community, for our company and for these employees." 

Read the full story here.
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