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Lincoln Grant Scholar House among 2017 Impact 100 award recipients

The nonprofit Impact 100 donates time, effort and resources to help the community. On Sept. 12, the organization gave $101,000 to four local groups focusing on impact areas that include: culture; education; environment, preservation and recreation; family and health and wellness.

One of those groups, the NKY Community Action Commission, will use its award to help fund the Lincoln Grant Scholar House, a home located in Covington for single parents pursing college education. The Scholar House provides an affordable living option as well as childcare and free workshops designed to help single-parent families escape generational poverty.

Impact 100 was started in Cincinnati in 2001 by Wendy Steele, with the goal of promoting philanthropy among women. The thinking was, if 100 women each donated $1,000, a grant of $100,000 could be awarded to a nonprofit community organization.

The nonprofit has since gone global, now with more than 30 chapters in the U.S. and two in Australia. Locally, Impact 100 has raised more than $400,000 annually, enough to give $100,000 grants to four recipients every year.

This year's recipients were selected from a pool of more than 100 nonprofit candidate groups.

Read the full story at SoapboxMedia.com.

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.


Daymar College to refund $1.2 million to former students

Attorney General Andy Beshear recently announced that Daymar College, which has campuses throughout Kentucky, must issue refunds to nearly 3,500 former students as part of a consumer protection lawsuit filed against the school in 2011.
The lawsuit alleged that Daymar violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by denying students access to financial aid to buy their textbooks from vendors other than Daymar’s bookstore, which allegedly charged significantly higher prices than other vendors; misrepresenting students’ ability to transfer credits earned at Daymar to other institutions; admitting students who failed Daymar’s admissions assessment in violation of the school’s own admissions policy and hiring unqualified faculty who lacked the required credentials.
The college continues to “emphatically deny” these allegations.
As part of the case settlement, Daymar has already forgiven $11 million in student debt to nearly 6,500 qualifying students.
“College has never been more unaffordable, and students are being crushed with debt,” Beshear said. “The Attorney General’s office is focused on ensuring Kentucky’s students are treated fairly. Every week it seems our office receives a call by a former Daymar student who is wanting finality in this case. I’m pleased that our office could announce that these students will be receiving restitution.”
Read the full River City News story here.


Construction to begin soon on KY 536 in Boone County

A segment of KY state route 536 will soon undergo expansion that will see the addition of widened roadways, roundabouts and multi-use paths.
WL Harper Company and Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron were contracted to complete the project along a three-mile stretch of Mt. Zion Road, which is expected to increase safety and improve traffic flow in the surrounding Union area.
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new Kentucky 536 and U.S. 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness.”
The Mt. Zion roadway will be widened from two to five lanes starting at the I-71/75 southbound entrance and exit ramps, westward to U.S. 42. The five lanes will revert back to two at Old Union Road.
Yeager also said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue advancing design for improvements to additional KY 536 segments in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
Read the full River City News story here.


Chamber launches goods drive for Northern Kentucky homeless

The Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation will partner with regional family resource coordinators this season to help identify the needs of local homeless populations and to collect and distribute personal hygiene products for those groups.
More than a dozen organizations from around the region are joining in the effort, with groups like Anthem, Staffmark, General Cable, L’Oreal, TANK and others providing support.
The initiative will help the more than 1,000 families across Northern Kentucky school districts who have been identified as homeless and/or in need of basic essentials.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response from our community,” said Tiffany Osborne, Vice President of Workforce at the NKY Chamber Foundation. “What started as a small project has turned into a regional effort to provide these products to a growing number of homeless here in Northern Kentucky. It has been great to see businesses getting involved, organizing their own collections, and doing whatever they can to serve these families.”
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.


Local organization dissolves, signaling windfall for other NKY nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky (CFNK) recently announced it will close its doors and divide $8.3 million in accumulated funds and assets across 16 local organizations.
In additional to administrative and operational oversight for the NKY region, the CFNK provides social, educational and health services to Northern Kentucky residents. The reasons for the organization’s dissolution have not been made public.
Representatives will present a check for the donation in a ceremony planned for this Thursday morning at the Metropolitan Club in Covington.
Organizations that will received the disbursed funds include Brighton Center, Covington Ladies Home, NKU Nursing program, St. Elizabeth Foundation and others.
Individual donation amounts have not been disclosed.
Read the full River City News story here.


NKY home builders among finalists for state workforce initiative funding

Out of 114 pre-applicants, 91 finalists were chosen to advance to the first-round funding phase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative program.
Among those finalists is the Northern Kentucky Home Builders’ Enzweiler Institute.
The initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of KY employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.
Applicants submitted nearly $540 million in funding requests, with individual requests ranging from $40,000 to $28 million. Proposals came from all 10 state workforce areas and represented industry sectors that include manufacturing, healthcare, technology, transportation and construction/trades.
NKY Home Builders Executive Vice President Brian Miller echoed a key goal of the initiative in citing public-private partnerships his organization has forged with Boone County Schools, NKY Cooperative Education Services, Ludlow High School and Gateway Community & Technical College.
“We had created a plan to expand and renovate our facility,” Miller said. “And we are seen as the priority place for construction trades workforce development in Northern Kentucky.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Covington launches large-scale downtown residential project

The first phase of a large residential project began the demolition phase this week in downtown Covington. The project, which will be named Duveneck Square after famed Covington artist Frank Duveneck, will begin with 110 one- and two-bedroom living units along Washington Street between 7th and 8th Streets.
“To see the physical transformation of this area begin and knowing the significant investment being made is an awesome feeling," said Covington Mayor Sherry Carran. “Through the collaborative efforts and the focus of NorthPointe Group, the The Catalytic Fund, Kenton County, City staff & Commission, and the partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools on the Industrial Revenue Bonds, we are at a point where it is hard to deny the City is moving forward in a positive direction.”
This project comes on the heels of the recent opening of the $22M Hotel Covington, and represents the first in a wave of significant residential investments unfolding in Covington. A nearby related project is called 501 Main Street.
Read the full River City News story here.


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.


Teens gain positive experiences through Outdoor Adventure Clubs

A group of 44 local high school students from across the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region recently got the chance to join a kayaking expedition, thanks to the Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (OACAGC).
The nonprofit OACAGC was founded in 2011 by retired Cincinnati Public Schools teacher and outdoor enthusiast Dennis “Denny” McFadden. It started in three CPS schools with the simple goal of offering students a chance at outdoor fun for free.
“There are so many benefits in getting these students outdoors,” explains McFadden. “The adventurers not only learn how to kayak or hike or bike; they learn conservation and our experience, as well as research, shows that it stimulates creativity, reduces stress, improves academic performance and so much more.”
The OACAGC now has active clubs in 19 area schools — four in Northern Kentucky — and will receive support from Interact for Health, United Way, Seligman Family Foundation and the PNC Charitable Trust for upcoming events that include an October bike ride, a hike in November and ice skating in December, as well as planned outings for spring and summer of 2017.
Visit www.outdooradventureclubs.org for more info.

Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Historic drop in youth smoking attributed to KY smoke-free policies

Kentucky saw a significant decrease in the number of high school students currently smoking, according to a 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Officials think the drop may be due to Kentucky’s efforts in recent years to enforce strict tobacco-free policies in campus environments across the state. Thirty-five percent of Kentucky’s school districts are now tobacco-free, with many more districts expected to adopt policies in the coming year.  
“School districts want to hear from their peers and hear from colleagues who have gone through the process already,” said Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, youth policy analyst with the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program in DPH. “By demonstrating that others have successfully adopted the policy and experienced positive results, we are able to encourage more school administrators to consider going tobacco free.”
Read the full River City News story here.

Community to "roast" local favorite Helen Carroll August 11

In her 27 years with Toyota, Northern Kentucky native Helen Carroll amassed an impressive list of achievements – including authoring a public- and community-relations program that the company still relies on today.
But Carroll’s professional achievements pale in comparison to her work in the community, efforts that include establishing a Women’s Executive Peer Exchange Network and earning the A.D. Albright Award for Outstanding Community Service to Education.
On August 11, the community will recognize Carroll as one of its most beloved citizens with a friendly roast organized by the Northern Kentucky Tribune in partnership with NaviGo Scholars.
The event will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thomas More Convocation Center at Thomas More College. Individual tickets are $85.
Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.

Bad Girl Ventures now accepting fall applications

The region’s foremost supporter of female-led startups has announced it will begin accepting applications from fledgling businesses in the “explore” and “launch” phases.
Participants can apply for classes in either of the need-based subcategories, which BGV defines as:
  • Explore: Designed for beginners, participants in this phase will analyze the feasibility of their ideas and create a strategic business plan with the help of BGV alumni, coaches, facilitators and other contacts.
  • Launch: The second phase of BGV’s education program, this is for startups that have been deemed viable and well vetted. This phase consists of a “mini MBA” course and competition for up to $25,000 in startup loans.
 To learn which BGV fall course is right for your business, visit badgirlventures.com.
Read the full River City News story here.

Paddlefest returns to region August 6

On Saturday, August 6, a projected 2,000 people from more than 20 states will convene at Schmidt Recreation Complex to canoe and kayak nine miles down the Ohio.
The annual Paddlefest is a unique and fun way to celebrate the river’s beauty and recreational benefits, while raising funds to encourage outdoor activity among youth and adolescents.
Paddlefest weekend officially kicks off Thursday, August 4 at the Covington shoreline with a sunrise paddle, upstream races and other family-friendly activities.
For details, visit OhioRiverPaddlefest.org.
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