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Fort Mitchell seeks volunteers for heroin awareness campaign


The City of Fort Mitchell is teaming up with Kenton County, the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, police and the health department to combat heroin use in Northern Kentucky.
 
St. Elizabeth Medical Center reported handling more than 1,100 overdoses in 2015, over 200 drug-related deaths and more than 100 babies born to addicted mothers.
 
The campaign kicked off with a door-to-door drive last month, distributing 4,000 informational flyers to residents throughout Fort Mitchell.
 
Our families and schools are dealing with the effects of heroin and we must work harder to create awareness about the dangers of heroin and provide assistance for our communities about resources available,” said Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman. “We are grateful for the support we have received from Judge-Executive [Kris] Knochelman and the Kenton County agencies who are on the front lines of the heroin crisis.”
 
Volunteers are still needed to support the ongoing campaign. Interested parties should email jpatterson@fortmitchell.com.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune 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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

NKY Chamber Women's Initiative to host regional networking event


The Northern Kentucky Chamber Women's Initiative will host one of the largest networking events in the region on July 27.
 
“Connecting Shore to Shore” was started four years ago to give women in the area the opportunity to meet other professional women and has become a powerful networking tool for women in the region. The event features a professional but casual setting where “new connections are made and women are inspired by their fellow peers on how to achieve the next step in their career,” says Dale Silver of C-Forward Inc., current chair of the Women’s Initiative.

The event will be held 5-7 p.m. July 27 at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront, 668 W. Fifth Street, Covington. The cost to attend is $30, which includes appetizers and two drink tickets. Registration is required and can be made online or by calling Pam Mastruserio at 859-578-6384. The event is open to all women in the area. 

Donations of kitchen items or money will be accepted at the event to support the Brighton Center's Northern Kentucky Scholar House.
 
PNC Bank is the overall title sponsor of the Women’s Initiative. Event sponsors for “Connecting Shore to Shore” include Brianza Gardens & Winery, Disinfecting for You, Greta Hoffman & Associates, Lohmiller Real Estate, The Metropolitan Club, RCSN Executive Search, Skidaddles and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Register for the Northern Kentucky Chamber event 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.
 

$25 million distribution center breaks ground near airport


Paul Hemmer Co. recently broke ground on Prologis Inc.’s $25 million speculative distribution center near Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Located at 2125 Gateway Blvd. in Hebron, the distribution center that will have room for more than nine football fields under roof and will be state-of-the-art, including 32-foot clear height ceilings and up to 150 dock doors. Fort Mitchell-based Hemmer is using a fast-track construction schedule for the project. The builder will use pre-cast concrete wall panels that are fabricated at another location and then assembled at the building site. Construction is expected to be complete in December.

Read the full Business Courier story here.
 

Christ Hospital to develop Drawbridge Inn site


The Christ Hospital Health Network has plans to redevelop the former Drawbridge Inn site in Fort Mitchell. The 75,000-square-foot medical office building will be part of a larger, mixed-used development.
 
The project is still in the very early planning stages, and there is no set date for construction to begin.
 
“The former Drawbridge Inn site presents an exceptional opportunity for us to expand our presence in Northern Kentucky and provide more choice and access for consumers,” says Mike Keating, president and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network.
 
The City of Fort Mitchell wants to create a community with easy access to residential, retail and medical offices. The new facility will bring new jobs to the city and offer additional health amenities.
 
The Christ Hospital Health Network is working with Brandicorp on the construction of The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center in Montgomery, which is scheduled to open in spring 2015. Brandicorp is also leading the redevelopment of the Drawbridge Inn site.
 
Read the full Soapbox story here.
 
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