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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.

 

Tristate summer camp expands reach with NKY location


UpSpring, the nonprofit formerly known as Faces Without Places, has provided of services for needy children and youth in the Greater Cincinnati region for almost two decades.
 
This year, UpSpring introduces Summer 360, a free seven-week camp that will transport children by bus, serve them breakfast and lunch, help them with reading and math and take them on fun field trips several times per week.
 
Currently the camp serves about 50 students from Erlanger-Elsmere schools, but there are many more students in Kenton County whose families meet the low-income requirement.
 
"This is kind of a pilot year for this location," said Alex Kuhns, UpSpring’s program director and the Caywood summer camp director. "We wanted to discover our strengths and areas of challenge."
 
The Northern Kentucky expansion of Summer 360 was made possible thanks to a grant awarded to UpSpring by Cummins, Inc. last fall.
 
Read the full WCPO Cincinnati story here.
 

Lighthouse Transportation Services finds new home in old Covington firehouse


Northern Kentuckians know 100 W 6th Street in Covington as the former home of Mick Noll’s Covington Haus and, prior to that, Tickets Sports Café.
 
But now the renovated firehouse will be home to a new kind of business: Lighthouse Transportation Services.
 
Lighthouse, which is currently based in Erlanger, provides transportation solutions to businesses across the region and nationally. The 13-employee group accepted an incentives package from the city of Covington with plans to create 10 new jobs over the next two years and contribute $164,000 in annual tax revenue over a 10-year period.
 
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.
 

ADM chooses Northern Kentucky for tech talent


Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) needed to increase investment in technology, as it was key to supporting the company’s growth strategies.

“The decision on where to locate our new technology center rested heavily on where we could find the talent,” explains Marty Schoenthaler, ADM’s chief information officer. 

Northern Kentucky was on ADM’s radar as it ranked third in a location search commissioned by the company.

Any evaluation of workforce talent must take into consideration both current skills levels and a future talent pipeline. With companies such as P&G, Toyota and GE located in the region, the skill level of the area was high.

“When you have an established pool of large multinational companies, experienced technical talent is attracted to the area,” says Schoenthaler.

There was also a lot of home-grown talent with more than 49 universities, colleges and technical schools located in the Greater Cincinnati metro area. The total enrollment for these academic institutions is nearly 300,000 with more than 51,000 graduates seeking advanced degrees.

Read the full Industry Week story here.
 

Two NKY school districts show kindergarten readiness gains


The United Way Success By 6 program is being credited as the driving force behind making sure that families have the support they need to help children succeed in school.

Last month, the Commonwealth of Kentucky released its statewide kindergarten readiness statistics, and for the second consecutive year only about half of the Kentucky students who entered kindergarten in 2015-16 were ready (50.1%, up from 50.0% the previous year). The Northern Kentucky region (54.8%) continues to be slightly above the state level with two districts having shown especially strong improvements within the past year.

Just two years ago Dayton Independent Schools’ readiness score was just 27.7%. It rose to 36% the following year, above the state average to 52% in 2015. Erlanger-Elsmere Schools jumped from 37.4% to 45.5% and more than doubled their preschool enrollment from 70 in 2014 to 187 in 2015.

Both Dayton and Erlanger-Elsmere have implemented two United Way early childhood-focused programs — the Born Learning Academy and “Me and My School” kindergarten transition project — to help parents understand the importance of early childhood experiences. Both districts have relied heavily on community collaboration, including strong partnerships with Head Start and United Way agency partner Children Inc.

Read the full River City News story here.
 

Archer Daniels Midland hiring for 100 high-paying jobs in Erlanger


Archer Daniels Midland Co., a Fortune 500 company, is set to hire 100 workers for its new information technology center that opened late last month in Erlanger.

The company is hosting a hiring event this week for mainly IT and business positions, which include business analysts, technical architects and web developers.

ADM, an agriculture processor and food ingredient company, is recruiting after the company announced plans to locate its IT operations here late last year.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.
 

Answers in Genesis president to discuss Ark Encounter at Eggs 'N Issues, Williamstown events


Two Northern Kentucky events will provide community leaders and citizens the opportunity to find out more about the Answers in Genesis theme park, the Ark Encounter, currently under construction in Williamstown.

Answers in Genesis president and co-founder Ken Ham will speak at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues event on Oct. 6.
 
“I am very much looking forward to sharing the results of our Ark’s feasibility study with our region’s business and civic leaders,” Ham said. “I think they will be surprised to hear about the park’s attendance estimates, and also how the Ark project will be a huge economic driver and job creator for the region.”

Ham will provide an update on the rapid construction of the massive Ark Encounter project ($90 million in phase 1) and share the economic impact the historical theme park should have when it opens in late summer 2016.

The 7:30 a.m. breakfast, which is open to non-Chamber members, takes place at the Receptions Banquet Center in Erlanger. Pre-registration is necessary.

On Sunday, Oct. 18, Ham will speak at Williamstown Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m.

Read the full Northern Kentucky tribune story here.
 

Readying Kentucky kids for kindergarten


Kathlyn Burkhardt, superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, published a guest opinion column in The Cincinnati Enquirer Aug. 6.

"We are very excited to welcome students back to school next week. However, 90 percent of a child's brain is developed by age 3, and 50 percent of children entering kindergarten in Kentucky last year were not ready to learn.

"That's why community partners have come together in Northern Kentucky to make a difference. Together we are launching an initiative to provide access to high-quality early learning for all 3- and 4-year-olds in our region. This initiative, Pre-K Works, is powered by Skyward, United Way's Success by 6 and Erlanger-Elsmere Schools. It has been a year in the making. We believe it can be a model for Kentucky."

Read Burkhardt's full Cincinnati Enquirer guest column here.
 

Enquirer Q&A with Trey Grayson


The president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce doesn’t see an opening to make progress on a Brent Spence Bridge replacement in the near future. Not until 2018, to be specific.

“I see several years down the road before we get to any consensus,” Trey Grayson, the former Kentucky Secretary of State, said in a recent interview ahead of his one-year anniversary on the job. “I look at it as were not going to have a consensus out until 2018 when we have a new governor,” a new president and possible changes in the composition and leaders of Congress.

Grayson also talked about the challenges of having Toyota close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s future and other issues confronting the Cincinnati region and Northern Kentucky specifically.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer article here.
 

Commercial development on Erlanger's Dolwick Drive is booming


When Northern Kentuckians think about booming commercial development and multi-million-dollar business investments in offices and manufacturing facilities, the spectacular growth in Boone County over the last 30-plus years usually comes to mind.

But Kenton County isn’t doing badly, either, especially in Erlanger, where four companies have invested nearly $12 million in new buildings along Dolwick Drive and the new owners of WILD Flavors are spending $5.5 million on a huge renovation of their existing building that is tied to the addition of some 200 new high-tech jobs.
 
St. Elizabeth Healthcare and two partners also are considering a tract of about 15 acres on Dolwick as the site for a 197-bed specialty hospital although hospital officials stress that no decision has been made on the location for the new facility.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.
 

Sterling Cut Glass to move new HQ and production facility to NKY

Erlanger-based Sterling Cut Glass will break ground next month on a 56,000-square-foot facility in the CirclePort Business Park, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer

The expansion is part of plans to transition from a brick-and-mortar retailer to an online-only shop:
 
Sterling Cut Glass, founded in 1902 in Mount Adams, generated nearly $13 million of revenue last year. Brick-and-mortar sales accounted for less than 20 percent of the total. In addition to custom-made items, it also sells Waterford, Mariposa and Nambe crystal products, among others.

“While currently a relatively small portion of our overall business, we feel retail sales of monogrammed glassware and crystal has the potential to appeal to a much broader national audience via an enhanced online experience,” Dyas said.
Read the full story here.
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