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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.


Dayton KY artist collective takes home Big Pitch award

This year’s ArtWorks Big Pitch competition featured several small projects by established artists, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs from around the Greater Cincinnati region.
There were bakers, framers and apron-makers, but one project in particular shone a spotlight on Northern Kentucky’s creative scene.
Scott Beseler is a professional photojournalist and the creative force behind The Lodge, a multifunctional creative space and recording studio housed in a former Masonic lodge in Dayton, KY. Beseler submitted The Lodge for Big Pitch’s annual competition, ultimately taking home $5,000 in business grants as recipient of the competition’s audience-choice award.
The competition, presented by U.S. Bank, provides contestants with business coaching and support for 10 weeks, culminating in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges. The competition took place Oct. 6 at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
Beseler, who describes his vision for The Lodge as a “rock ‘n roll bed and breakfast slash art studio,” will use the awarded funds to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the physical space, while looking ahead to expansion that would include installing a commercial kitchen for catering events and hiring an employee to oversee day-to-day operations.
Read the full Soapbox Media 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.

Skyward and CGN offer nano grants for NKY community improvement

Have you always been interested in starting a community garden in Northern Kentucky? Organizing a historical society? Painting a park bench? Helping your neighborhood’s stray pets find permanent homes?
Thanks to a new program from Skyward and Covington’s Center for Great Neighborhoods, you may be eligible for up to $250 to make your daydream a reality.
The myNKY Nano Grant Pilot Program rolls out this month. The program will initially serve Dayton, Florence and Pendleton County, and eventually expand to all of Northern Kentucky.

Each community will host workshops throughout the month of June for residents interested in learning more and applying. Attendance by applicants is encouraged, but not required.
Learn more and download the grant application here.

Dayton vice mayor previews Beyond the Curb NKY urban tour

“Vibrancy is a core and essential feature of our Northern Kentucky river cities – it’s a chief reason why so many choose to live, work and play here,” Dayton Vice Mayor Ben Baker said in a recent Enquirer opinion piece.
Baker’s comments preview the upcoming installment of Beyond the Curb, an ongoing urban living tour of Northern Kentucky that allows participants an inside look at some of the region's most iconic structures. The tour will come to Bellevue and Dayton April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Past tours have featured residences and other buildings in Newport and Covington. The series highlights NKY’s walkability and unique history as well as its proximity to river trails and other outdoor amenities.

For more information and to register, visit beyondthecurb.org.
Read the full Enquirer 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.

Plans for $24 million Dayton Riverfront Commons project revealed

Cincinnati-based KZF architecture and engineering design firm has revealed the design plans for a riverfront project in Dayton that is part of the Riverfront Commons Trail. Eric Anderson of KZF presented renderings of the riverfront walkway and answered questions about the plans during a recent public meeting in Dayton.

Dayton’s unique riverfront design plans incorporate the entire riverfront shoreline from the Bellevue-Dayton border of O’Fallon Avenue east to the Route 8 entrance of the Ohio River floodwall. Once the project is completed, the pathway will connect the river cities of Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Covington, Ludlow and Fort Thomas, a walking/biking/running artery known as the Riverfront Commons Trail.

“The Riverfront Commons project showcases Dayton’s desire to provide our citizens with easier and safer access to economic hubs in the region through means of alternative transportation,” said Dayton City Manager Michael Giffen. “At the same time, projects like this will bring people from all over the region to Dayton, which allows us to highlight the strong economic opportunities here, both residential and commercial. It also doesn’t hurt that this project will provide beautiful scenic views of the river, new development and other features unique to Dayton.”

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune 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.

The Lodge gets OK to become new Dayton creative center

The old Mason Lodge that rises prominently from Sixth Avenue in Dayton is one of the city's most impressive buildings.

But at last week's meeting of the board of adjustments, which was considering a proposal by the building's owner to turn it into a full-time center for creative artists & musicians, the real highlight of the building was that it appears to have been the location where Walk The Moon wrote its new hit album. The band has even given the location shout-outs in national media like NBC and Rolling Stone.

Whether The Lodge, as it is known, is a place that creatives would trek to was not up for question. That much was already clear. The questions were more of the typical at such meetings: how will it accommodate parking, noise, neighbors?

The board unanimously gave owner Scott Beseler approval for his plans.

Read the full River City News story here.

Federal grant to help Catalytic Fund push NKY redevelopment efforts

Earlier this year, The Catalytic Fund was certified as a Community Development Financing Institution, which made it eligible to apply for funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financing Institution Program.
The Catalytic Fund recently received a $700,000 grant from the CDFI fund. It’s one of three Kentucky organizations and one of 123 across the nation to receive CDFI funds this year.
The money will be used for redevelopment efforts in Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow and Newport, including $500,000 for seed money of a $2 million predevelopment fund.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Covington gets $5.4M to transform riverfront

The city of Covington has received $5.4 million in federal money, most of which will pay for trails and other improvements to the riverfront.

The city will use $3.9 million of the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant to turn the former Covington Landing along the Ohio River into a well-manicured park with green space and paved public commons and paths.

It will help Covington complete $10 million worth of improvements along the Ohio River as part of the Riverfront Commons project. Riverfront Commons will connect the Northern Kentucky river cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton with trails and green spaces.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer article here.

Food for Thought: Introducing scratch-made goodness to school cafeterias

“Hey, there's corn in the cornbread!”
Public school students in Dayton, Ky. aren't used to scratch-made foods in school. Like most public school cafeterias, theirs are often stocked with frozen foods the staff is trained to simply heat and serve.
This summer, Interact for Health sponsored a program that hopes to change student eating habits for the better. And two weeks into the school year, kids in Dayton are already seeing real corn in their cornbread.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Cincinnati/NKY ports' boundaries expanded, now the #2 U.S. inland port

With a figurative flick of its pen earlier this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expanded the boundaries for the ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by nearly nine times and created what is now the second largest inland port in the country.

What is now officially the “Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky” skyrocketed from a rather ho-hum ranking of No. 51 in the country to No. 2 in the inland rankings and No. 15 on the list of all U.S. ports.

Read the full story from The Lane Report.

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.
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