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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.


KY Board of Education recognizes Covington business leader

The Kentucky Board of Education at its recent meeting recognized Brent Cooper, president of C-Forward Information Technologies in Covington, as one of two area leaders actively engaged in making a difference in local schools.
Cooper received the 16th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award for his service as a liaison between the business community and Northern Kentucky schools.
Cooper was also recognized as a member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board of directors, co-chair for the Greater Cincinnati Read On! Campaign and a math tutor for Fort Thomas Independent Schools.
“Brent believes an education system that prepares the next generation to become its workforce is the single biggest economic development tool a region can have,” said Boone County Superintendent Randy Poe in a letter nominating Cooper for the award.
Read the full story here.

Hollywood directors choose Ft. Thomas as filming location

For months, rumors have been circulating about a movie being filmed in Northern Kentucky. As it turns out, those rumors are true.
Hallavis Brothers pictures has chosen Ft. Thomas – among several other Northern Kentucky locations – to film its forthcoming sci-fi thriller, Curvature, which will star recognizable faces from TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother and movies like X-Men: First Class.
Shooting for the film, which has not yet set a release date, will wrap up May 20. Production crews are currently using the Hiland Building at 18 N. Fort Thomas Avenue as their headquarters.
"We chose Kentucky because the film commission has been great to us," says director Julio Hallivis. "Most low-budget films need help from the tax incentives in order to get financed and the film commission in Kentucky has been wonderful."
Read the full Fort Thomas Matters story here.


NKY high schools rank among best in state

National index U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual high school rankings by state, and Northern Kentucky schools snagged three top 10 spots.
While experts advise parents to take such rankings with a grain of salt, U.S. News relied on end-of-course exam scores in English I, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history to comprise its list. Schools in Louisville and Versailles also made the top 10.
The list ranks Highlands High School in Fort Thomas second overall, with Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell coming in third and Larry A. Ryle High School in Union rounding out the Bluegrass state’s top 10.
Read the full U.S. News & World Report article here.

Campbell County Schools hires local educator as new superintendent

On April 18, Campbell County’s five-member Board of Education voted unanimously to hire David A Rust as the county district’s new superintendent.
Rust, former director of academic services at Bellevue Independent Schools, has 21 years of experience working in education. He will begin his new role this summer in preparation for the 2016-17 academic year.
Campbell County ranks No. 21 out of Kentucky’s 173 public school districts, a ranking that is based on statewide test results. Campbell County ranks fourth among Northern Kentucky districts behind Fort Thomas Independent Schools, Beechwood Independent Schools in Fort Mitchell and Walton-Verona Independent in Boone County.
Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer article 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.

NKU students' tech-based business brings small-town history to 21st century

Northern Kentucky University grad students Sean Thomas and Steve Oldfield took a classroom idea into the real world with a tech-spin on telling small-town history.
Thomas and Oldfield created a way for small historical organizations to share their unique pasts with a wider audience though multimedia, self-guided walking tours. They've created Instant Access Tours, and their mobile walking tours are now in two small river cities.
Instant Access Tours works with existing historical content to create interactive apps that users can access through their smart phones. Users not on-site can take virtual tours through their home computers.
"Our goal is to revive old or ineffective walking tours and bring them into the modern age, with the hopes that they will educate and inspire learners for generations to come," the Instant Access website proclaims.
Thomas and Oldfield created Instant Access Tours after coming up with the idea as a capstone project for NKU's Master of Arts in Public History program.
Thomas, a former videographer and editor for the Army, is a self-described "history nut." The idea for the tours came after Thomas had done with work on the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum.
"I realized that these small museums really have a hard time marketing themselves," he says. "Then they lose visitors and they lose money. I thought, 'How could I help museums keep their doors open?'
He and Oldfield, a broadcast journalist, decided on a project that would help small towns use technology to present great historical moments in a cost-effective way.
The pair began by working in New Richmond to update its Underground Railroad Freedom Trail tour for their capstone project. Their first business client was the Walking Tour for the Battle of Augusta. They hope soon to collaborate on tours in Covington.

By Feoshia H. Davis

This story originally appeared in Soapbox on Nov. 6, 2012.

St. Elizabeth brings Mayo Clinic care to NKY

Northern Kentucky is now connected to one of the country's top hospitals.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare is partnering with the Mayo Clinic as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The network, which is just over a year old, allows St. Elizabeth specialists to consult with Mayo Clinic specialists through electronic collaboration and information sharing tools.

That means St. Elizabeth patients receive the expert care of the Mayo Clinic at no extra cost, without having to travel outside the region.
"We've always been very focused on quality and how to improve the patient experience," says John Dubis, CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. "After health care reform, we thought it was important to connect with other like-minded organizations that could take that focus on quality even further." 
St. Elizabeth is the first healthcare system in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and the tenth member of the network nationwide. In Greater Cincinnati, St. Elizabeth will be the exclusive member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Dubis expects the partnership to raise the bar for patient care in the tri-state region.
"Because of the collaboration that we'll have with Mayo to consult with experts on all cases, particularly the most difficult cases, it will improve patient outcomes greatly," he says. 
The presence of a Mayo Clinic Care Network in the region should be a boon for businesses, too. 
"Great education, great health care, and great transportation are three things businesses look for, and while we've been very attractive in terms of health care needs, I believe this will be an extra incentive for businesses to locate in Northern Kentucky," Dubis says. 
Learn more about St. Elizabeth's membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network here.

NKY says riverfront open for business

The riverfront is back! That's the message delivered by Northern Kentucky's leaders at Developers Day on Sept. 26. 

Reports the Enquirer: 

Northern Kentucky leaders believe the south side of the Ohio River is on the brink of a renaissance: Developments such as The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge and SouthShore have renewed urban living; Gateway Community and Technical College’s new Urban Campus could bring up to 5,000 students into Covington; and urban industry clusters such as biotech and health information technology are growing.

Read the full story here.

Six NKY companies make the Inc. 5000

It's a sign of Northern Kentucky's accelerating growth and potential: Six Northern Kentucky-based companies have been recognized among the fastest-growing private companies in America by the 2012 Inc. 5000
NKY is the proud home of 2012 Inc. 5000 companies The Eisen Agency, TiER1 Performance Solutions, Omega Processing Solutions, Lohmann Technologies, Parkway Products, and RWI Transportation. The list, compiled by Inc. Magazine, is ranked according to revenue and percentage growth over a four-year period.
"We congratulate these companies and their leadership teams on their success and growth," says Karen Finan, senior vice president, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. "They have contributed much to Northern Kentucky's thriving and diverse business community."
Year after year, more Kentucky-based companies are making the list, which maps the vitality of the nation's independent entrepreneurs. In 2012, 47 Kentucky-based companies made the list, up from 46 in 2011 and 44 in 2010.  
Inc. 5000 companies map the vitality brought to the nation's economy by independent entrepreneurs. The median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500 / 5000 companies is an impressive 97 percent, and its honorees have created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years. Aggregate revenue among Inc. 5000 companies tops $299 billion. 
See a complete list of all the Kentucky companies on the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry and other criteria, here.

Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati make Top 50 Cities for Global Trade

In Global Trade's Top 50 Cities, Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati region ranks number 16 -- and boasts the best cost structure on the list, ranking as the least-costly metropolitan area for businesses in the U.S. Low rates for facility leasing, transportation and property taxes contribute to the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati region's competitive ranking. 

Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati have a business cost index 4.1% under the U.S national baseline of 100. The region also offers proximity to consumers, suppliers and competitors, along with access to major ports on the Ohio River, five airports and three interstate highways.

Read more here.

Northern Kentucky Developers' Day is Sept. 26

Northern Kentucky's "front door" is open -- for new businesses, shops, hotels, and residents. 

The region's riverfront cities -- Bellevue, Covington, Newport, Dayton, Fort Thomas, and Ludlow -- comprise Northern Kentucky's urban core and present a tremendous growth opportunity for developers. That's why the riverfront will be the focus of the third-annual Developers' Day, hosted by Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Southbank Partners, and the Catalytic Fund, in partnership with several local sponsors.

Event organizers promise a fast-paced, high-impact day, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Newport Aquarium.

"We are a dynamic community offering incredible development projects for the right professional," said Jack Moreland, President of Southbank Partners. "Northern Kentucky Developers' Day will serve as the catalyst for the right match."

Developers will learn about immediately available residential and commercial opportunities, as well as creative financing options and community-led projects that are driving Northern Kentucky forward.

What sets this year's event apart, says Karen Finan, Senior Vice President of Tri-ED, is that it will be a one-stop shop for developers who are ready to make a deal. 

"We'll have the right folks there at the right time and at the right place to answer questions, make connections and move things forward for the developer -- and for Northern Kentucky," Finan says. "It's really a project-oriented event."

The day concludes in grand fashion with a scenic cruise on River Queen, where developers can see the area's potential with their own eyes and network with city leaders and business allies.

"Northern Kentucky is known for the ease in which the community conducts business and we intend to welcome developers of all types – residential, commercial, industrial, retail – to the region," says Jeanne Schorer, President of the Catalytic Fund. "We will provide them the tools to succeed in Northern Kentucky's urban core." 

Learn more about Northern Kentucky Developers' Day and register here.

CVG repeats as best regional airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is "Best Regional Airport in North America" for the second year in a row -- a designation awarded by London-based air transport research organization Skytrax. The award is based on surveys of more than 12 million air passengers in 388 airports. Rankings are based on 39 different airport service and product factors, including check-in, arrivals, transfers and gate departures.
"This award is a testament to the 10,000 professionals who make up the CVG community, creating an exceptional experience for our customers. We congratulate our employees, airlines and business partners on this prestigious honor – two years in a row. We thank every passenger who chooses to fly through CVG," Candace McGraw, CEO of the airport, said in a news release.

Read the full story here.
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