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KY lawmakers convene to discuss state of horseracing

"I just wanted to emphasize the importance of historical horse racing to the Commonwealth," Kentucky Racing Commission Chairman Frank Kling told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations during a recent meeting at Turfway Park in Florence.
Instant Racing — or historical horseracing wagering — was introduced at Kentucky Downs five years ago and has since expanded to Ellis Park in Henderson and Red Mile in Lexington. Officials say that form of betting helps increase the total amount of money paid out to owners of horses racing at a particular track.
KY Horse Racing Commission Board Member Mark Simendinger said states like Illinois, New Jersey and California that do not offer historical horseracing wagering suffer the economic effects.
"They have struggled," Simendinger said. "It is a struggle without that additional money. For us to compete it is vital for us to have the best conditions, the best purse program."
Read the full River City News story here.


Justice & Public Safety Secretary Tilley to appear at Nov. government forum

John Tilley, Secretary of the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet will be the featured guest at a government forum November 18 at The Hilton Cincinnati Airport (7373 Turfway Road, Florence).
The forum will be presented by Fidelity Investments and Duke Energy.
Tilley was a key member of the legislature as chair of House Judiciary Committee before being appointed to his current post by Governor Matt Bevin last December.
“Secretary Tilley was always well-respected during his time in the legislature for being an expert in his policy area and working across party lines,” said Scott Sedmak, Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications at the NKY Chamber. “He was heavily involved in heroin legislation during recent legislative sessions and will bring a well-rounded wealth of knowledge on issues impacting the justice system.” 
The cost to attend the event is $30 for NKY Chamber members and $60 for future Chamber members. Reservations can be made by calling (859) 578-8800 or online here.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


NKY employers recognized for supporting National Guard and Reserve

At a recent Florence Rotary Club meeting, three area employers received the Secretary of Defense 2016 Patriot Award for their commitment to hiring members of the National Guard and Reserve.

The awards were presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
“Our nation has relied heavily on Guard and Reserve members since entering continuous operations more than 14 years ago,” said Rod Bell, chair of Area 7 of the Kentucky Committee of ESGR.

The award was created to recognize employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by extending additional, non-mandated benefits to National Guard and Reserve employees. Those benefits may include differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence and other benefits.
“Employer support enhances retention rates in the Armed Forces and, in the end, strengthens our national security,” Bell said. “Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR’s mission. ESGR’s state committees actively promote awards as a key element in furthering employer support, while strengthening relationships between service members and employers. These Department of Defense awards recognize and honor the sacrifices made by so many employers year-after-year.”
Those honored included:
  • Dylan Jaynes, Homeland Security (TSA); nominated by KY Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ryan Richter
  • Martha Chomyszak, U.S. Bank (Florence); nominated by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Dan McKibbin
  • David Clark, CSX Transportation (Florence); nominated by U.S. Army Reserve 1 Lt. Brian Murphy

NKY companies to host Manufacturing Preview Days in October

October kicks off a series of events designed to get students interested in lucrative, rewarding manufacturing careers.
According to the regional event’s website, Manufacturing Day is “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”
While Manufacturing Day officially occurs the first Friday in October — with this year’s kickoff events taking place Oct. 7 — companies and community organizations can choose any day of the year to plan events that will help draw attention and interest to this important industry.
This year, three local companies will host events:

October 7; 9 a.m. Skilcraft LLC, 5184 Limaburg Rd. Burlington, KY 41005
Register here to join a tour of Skilcraft’s sheet metal contract manufacturing service. Attendees will enjoy a free lunch, meet the staff and see how the machines work. Bring a resume, safety goggles and wear closed-toed shoes. Friends and family are welcome.
October 7; 8 a.m. Baluff, Inc. 7055 Industrial Rd. Florence, KY 41042
Learn about modern manufacturing and automation and tour Baluff’s Florence plant to experience high-tech manufacturing, take part in interactive automation labs and learn about available careers. Groups larger than 40 should email Chris Duncan for scheduling.
October 26; 1:30 p.m. Mazak Corp. 8025 Production Dr. Florence, KY 41042
Mazak presents Making It Real, a series of summits designed to expose female middle and high school students to modern manufacturing. This program provides students and educators an opportunity to learn direction from female business leaders about today’s manufacturing workplace and discover the skills needed to land a successful career. Attendees will enjoy campus tours, hands-on demonstrations, student workshops and a unique “Women in Manufacturing” panel discussion. This program is sponsored by Dream It Do It OKI, I Made It NKY, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and Talent Pipeline Initiative. For more information, email Stephen Tucker or Debby Combs.
For more information on Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com.


Local seniors surprised with early admission to Thomas More College

Ten local high school students got a surprise this week, when Thomas More College President David Armstrong came to deliver their college acceptance in person.
The students, who hailed from Dixie Heights (Edgewood), Boone County (Florence), Ryle (Union), Covington Latin, Newport Central Catholic and Simon Kenton (Independence), are among the first to be accepted for Thomas More’s class of 2021.
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.

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.

How Florence-based Kona Ice became a national household name

The tale of how his daughter’s bad experience with an ice cream truck vendor planted the seed for Tony Lamb to found Kona Ice has been shared many times. There is a lot more to the story, however, of how the Walton entrepreneur turned that unfortunate encounter into shaved-ice gold.

At the time, Lamb was working out of Louisville as a contract marketing consultant and was on the road five or six days a week.

He was making good money but just wasn’t happy about being away from his wife and four children for long stretches. The upside to spending so much time in the car, however, was that he had plenty of time to think.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Mubea develops future workforce with apprentices

When Matt Ryan was younger, he wanted to become a rock star.

“I still want to be a rock star,” said Ryan, now 21, of Hebron. So three years ago, right out of Conner High School, he hired on at Mubea in Florence.

“I needed a real job with commensurate pay and I found Mubea’s apprentice program had all the qualifications,” Ryan said.

In fact, Ryan was one of nine December 2015 graduates of Mubea’s three-year program, which linked up with Gateway Community and Technical College’s general studies and led him to an associate’s degree in electrical engineering and a solid job. Mubea paid for all his time at Gateway, including books and tuition, while he continued a strenuous work schedule at Mubea’s plant in Florence.

“This (electrical technical work) is a big field, and I think, wow, I’m started,” Ryan said.

Currently, 31 apprentices are enrolled at various stages of the program. This July, 10 more will start. All spend part of their time at Gateway and part at one of Mubea’s campus of locations in Boone County. Mubea North America pays the entire tab – schooling plus an hourly wage – and offers apprentices a chance to spend up to three months at the company’s facilities in Germany.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.

Mubea set to graduate first apprentices, ensuring quality workforce

A group of nine students were recognized as the first Northern Kentucky graduates of Mubea North America’s apprenticeship program Dec. 17 in a ceremony at Triple Crown Country Club in Union.

The Mubea apprenticeship program is patterned after the model used by the German-based automobile parts manufacturer in its home country. That program, which has been in existence for nearly a century, is recognized as the gold standard within the industry.

Mubea has invested more than $2 million in the apprenticeship program.
Luigi Tiddia, General Manager of Mubea’s Hose Clamps division, said the program provides a great opportunity for students and helps the company develop a quality workforce in the region.

“We did not see the market having the kind of expertise that we are looking for,” Tiddia said. “The outline is our ‘driven by the best’ environment, which is a strategy to develop the students in the way that we need them to be.”

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

'Reworking Kentucky' program to provide workplace-ready addiction assistance

State, business and health leaders have launched an initiative aimed at connecting Kentuckians recovering from addiction with employment services.

“Reworking Kentucky,” a component of the chronic substance abuse and addiction program Recovery Kentucky, expands assistance and support to individuals who are exiting the program. It will help them obtain an entry-level, workplace-ready assessment from a local Kentucky Career Center and secure employment with a participating partner company, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office. (Full-service Northern Kentucky Career Centers are in Covington and Florence.)

“We must continue to support at every level those Kentuckians who are struggling with addiction,” Beshear said. “Finding them stable employment is another critical step on the road to breaking their cycle of drug dependence. If Kentucky is to maintain its economic momentum and competitiveness long term, we must help all Kentuckians find successful job placement and create new sources of talent and a dedicated workforce for Kentucky businesses.”

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Novolex packaging manufacturer plans $4M expansion in Florence

A local manufacturer of paper bags and other packaging is planning a $4.3 million expansion.

Novolex, formerly Duro Hilex Poly (known as Duro Bag), plans on expanding its footprint in Florence, which will also add 173 new jobs.

The company received preliminary approval for $1.9 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Aug. 27.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.

New chairwoman and officers named for NKY Health District

The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health has selected Julie Metzger Aubuchon, OD; Jack Lenihan, DMD; and Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman as officers for its fiscal year 2016, which runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

Aubuchon, representing Boone County, will serve as Chair. She is an optometrist with Metzger Eye Care with offices in Florence and Covington. She serves on the Board as designee for Florence Mayor Diane Whalen and is also a Florence City Council member and vice mayor.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Butcher Betties gets to the meat of why local startups need mentoring and funding

Most people wouldn't think pin-up girls, rockabilly and butchery go together, but that trio is a winning combination for Butcher Betties.
When Allison Hines lost her job as a corporate chef, she decided to pursue her interest in butchery.
“I wanted to learn butchery but there was no school to go to,” she says. “They don't teach whole animal butchery in culinary school any more.”
After getting a scholarship through Grrls Meat Camp and attending their workshop in Northern Kentucky, Hines approached Avril Bleh & Sons Meat Market in downtown Cincinnati about becoming an apprentice. She planned on an 18-month apprenticeship there, but when presented with the opportunity to open her own shop at the Friendly Market in Florence she grabbed the chance. Combining her pin-up girl style with her new trade, she created Butcher Betties.
Hines is now in ArtWorks’ Big Pitch mentorship program and was selected as one of eight finalists to compete Aug. 27 for $20,000 in cash and services.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Gateway recognizes outstanding workforce partners

Gateway Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions recognized exemplary partners for their contributions to Gateway at the Workforce Solutions Awards ceremony on June 3.

Gateway Workforce Solutions and the Assessment Center partners with over 1,200 companies, serving more than 4,000 incumbent workers every year with customized short-term training and degree programs.

“It is always my pleasure and honor to recognize our partners who invest so much in Gateway programs, students and their own employees,” said Dr. Angie Taylor, Vice President of Workforce Solutions. “We appreciate their commitment and contributions.”

Read the full announcement from Gateway Community and Technical College here.
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