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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.


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.


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.


Beyond the Curb brings hundreds to Ludlow

The fourth installment of the popular Beyond the Curb series took place over the weekend in Ludlow, KY, and featured hundreds of visitors exploring the cozy river town community’s unique public spaces and private residences.
Previous Beyond the Curb tours have explored riverfront spaces in Newport, Covington and Bellevue/Dayton. Tours feature both renovated properties and new construction – all with the goal of showcasing the wide variety of options for living and working in Northern Kentucky’s urban core.
The Catalytic Fund is the group charged with promoting events and series like Beyond the Curb, with a mission of “accelerating Northern Kentucky’s urban renaissance though targeted investments in catalytic real estate development and redevelopment projects in urban neighborhoods.”
The Catalytic Fund is a private sector, not-for-profit organization providing financing assistance and related services for developers of quality residential and commercial real estate projects in Northern Kentucky’s urban cities. The organization was designed to implement the urban renaissance initiatives outlined in the myNKY regional plan, and emphasizes the “Power of Six” focus areas critical to regional economic competitiveness.
Visit thecatalyticfund.org to learn more about the organization’s goals and discover more upcoming and ongoing events.
Read the full River City News story and explore Beyond the Curb photos here.


Local seniors surprised with early admission to Thomas More College

Ten local high school students got a surprise this week, when Thomas More College President David Armstrong came to deliver their college acceptance in person.
The students, who hailed from Dixie Heights (Edgewood), Boone County (Florence), Ryle (Union), Covington Latin, Newport Central Catholic and Simon Kenton (Independence), are among the first to be accepted for Thomas More’s class of 2021.
Read the full River City News story here.

Nexigen tech to make Newport first "smart city" in Midwest

Newport-based tech company Nexigen has announced a vision that includes installing smartLINK nodes – nine-foot carbon fiber structures emitting a canopy of super-fast wireless internet – at various points throughout the city.
The nodes will be connected to high-speed fiber optics, with Wi-Fi capabilities extending 30 to 300 miles from a single access point. Project leaders hope the system will streamline parking, trash collection and other municipal processes, while providing residents with a more connected, better informed day-to-day experience.
Newport will be among the first in the country to scale the technology, thanks to Nexigen's technology, which boasts a smaller scope and footprint than similar projects being undertaken by other U.S. cities.
“Most smart cities we are seeing are trying to help those without the means to afford fancy technology or high-speed internet access,” said Nexigen co-founder Jon Salisbury. “We have actionable steps we have taken which allow for these groups to gain access to internet and information about the community like jobs and current events.
Read the full River City News story here.

New Riff plans $7.5M expansion in West Newport

A recently announced project in West Newport will be the first expansion effort for New Riff, which opened its bourbon and gin distillery operation two years ago on Route 8 in Newport.
The 17,300-squre-foot Whiskey Campus will be located along the newly widened Kentucky Route 9. The project will include a 15-barrel-high structure to house New Riff’s bourbon and rye barrels while the product ages.
Both buildings dedicated to the expansion are more than 100 years old and were used in the past to house the Greenline trolley and bus system that served Northern Kentucky until 1972.
Subsequent project phases will include a brewpub, taproom and restaurant as well as Ei8ht Ball Brewing, which will relocate from its current home at The Party Source in Newport.
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

Newport to host second annual Trash Bash September 11

For the second year in a row, Newport residents will engage in a “spirited trash-collection competition,” vying for prizes that include the Golden Trash Can Award.
Other prizes include:
  • Most Spirited (team costumes)
  • Most Unusual (weirdest piece of trash collected)
  • Biggest Butt (most cigarette butts collected) 
The event, which begins 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at Providence Park, offers a chance to both clean up the neighborhood and enjoy food, drinks and an opportunity for residents to mingle with fellow Newportians.
The event is free and open to the public.
Find more information and registration link here.

Long-anticipated developments unfold in Newport

After much debate and waiting, several major developments have begun to take shape in Newport. Among them, a bike/walking trail, widening of a major thoroughfare, new housing options and a mixed-use riverfront complex.
Setbacks have long plagued several of those project, but organizers are confident they have found solutions and are ready to move forward.
The forthcoming mixed-use Ovation project, for one example, hinged on a $38 million expansion of Kentucky Route 9, which will funnel traffic toward the riverfront and out of the city’s residential neighborhoods.
With that project now underway, Ovation's development company, Corporex, can now move forward with the $1 billion development, which when finished will include 108 townhomes, 726 condos, 192 senior-housing units, 1.2 million square feet of office space, 300,000  square feet of retail space, a 3,000-seat venue, two hotels and 6,200 parking spaces.

“It’s a great year for development for the city,” says Greg Tulley, development services director for the City of Newport. “There’s a lot of interest in the area, and you’re going to see a lot more projects coming up."
Read the full Soapbox story here.

Skyward awards first community "Jumpstart" grants

It was announced this week that each of Northern Kentucky’s five LiveWell pilot communities has received a $5,000 grant from Skyward, the organization charged with developing and managing the five-year strategic myNKY plan.
The so-called Jumpstart grants will support each community’s action plans, with components that include:
  • Establishing and maintaining walking routes;
  • Supporting local fresh produce markets;
  • Making improvements and repairs to public spaces;
  • And other neighborhood improvement efforts.
 The LiveWell NKY program kicked off earlier this year, with designated ambassadors in each community dedicated to leading engagement and reporting the program’s progress.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

Newport distillery announces $12M expansion

New Riff, Kentucky’s largest craft distillery, is halfway through its anticipated four-year bourbon aging process and has currently announced a $12 million plan for expansion at its Newport location.
The plan, which calls for a whiskey campus, restaurant and event space, received preliminary approval this week from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. The expansion is expected to create 39 new jobs locally over the next five years.
The distillery’s current primary offering is Kentucky Wild Gin, which is made with 12 different botanicals, most of them locally sourced. New Riff also offers un-aged bourbon and rye whiskies as well as OKI bourbon from hand-selected and blended barrels sourced from an Indiana distillery.
Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.

Newport's Packhouse restaurant goes mobile with food truck

Since it opened in January 2014, Packhouse Meats in Newport has quickly developed a reputation for unique culinary offerings and high energy via its trendy Monmouth Street storefront.
The restaurant is now set to take those offerings on the road with a mobile food truck, which will begin making stops this summer at popular gathering spaces throughout Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.
Packhouse’s inventive menu features several types of meatballs, which can be paired with sauces like basil pesto, habanero cream and mango salsa. The food truck’s menu will initially be limited to two standard meatball options – beef and turkey.
Menu items range from $3 to $8.75.
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

City approves completion of Newport's Riverwalk

Newport officials this week announced the city’s approval of a contract with Woolpert Engineering to create a pedestrian bridge from the foot of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge to the floodwall on the Northern Kentucky side.
The announcement marks the latest development in NKY’s Riverfront Commons project – a planned 11-mile trail that will eventually connect Ft. Thomas to Ludlow and cost a total of $1.65 million.
Another related project on the Bellevue-Newport border, Taylor Creek Overlook Park, will continue this summer. In addition to tying into the overarching Riverfront Commons plans, the two projects will do much to increase walkability between the neighboring cities.
“Ultimately, we want sidewalks to Bellevue,” said Newport City Manager Tom Fromme.
Read the full River City News story here.

Northern Kentucky to host River Cities Relay race

This summer brings a brand-new event to NKY’s riverfront that promises both a health and an economic boon for the region.
The River Cities Relay, a new event presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will start and end under Newport’s Purple People Bridge. The finish line will feature a celebration complete with local food, drink and live music.
The Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2016 created the race event, adding a charitable component with a list of beneficiaries that includes the Brighton Center, Parish Kitchen and the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.
The 15-mile race will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, with registration now open for individuals as well as two- and four-person relay teams.
Read the full River City News story here.

Aqua on the Levee progresses, announces parking garage now open

Newport on the Levee’s latest development – a forthcoming $80 million mixed-used expansion called Aqua on the Levee – is rapidly approaching completion.
Piquing public interest, Aqua organizers announced this week that a new 800-space parking garage is officially open to the public.
Visitors to the Levee can now make use of 345 newly constructed parking spaces; the remaining spots will be reserved for residential tenants and visitors to Aqua’s forthcoming Starwood Aloft Hotel.
A representative of Capital Investment Group (CIG), the developers who broke ground on Aqua back in November 2014, was quoting as saying the new offerings will “utilize Newport on the Levee to provide our residents with great entertainment and dining experience.”
Read the full River City News story here.
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