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Ludlow entrepreneur gets serious about clown business

Paul Hallinan Miller is the driving force behind Ludlow’s popular Circus Mojo, a training ground for circus arts, where Miller has served up performances as well as beer for the last four years.
Circus Mojo has featured artists from 36 countries in an effort to put Ludlow on the global map for theatre arts destinations.
Now, Miller will partner with Belgium native Matthew Vermael to combine a new brewery concept with the circus business under the appropriately named Bircus Brewing Company. The pair will draw upon Belgian-inspired brew recipes, and proceeds will support Circus Mojo’s Social Circus Fund, which assists Ludlow’s children, nursing homes and hospitals.
“The theatre is a great venue, but you don’t make enough money selling other people’s beer,” said Miller.
Miller was able to raise $150,000 for the project from a variety of sources. “What’s so neat about this is my butcher invested, my doctor invested, a lot of people are investing, and I’ve been really specific and strategic in raising this money,” he said. “I wanted to tie in the whole idea of give the gift of beer this year, buy your dad a share in the brewery.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Ludlow School District scores second consecutive proficient rating

The Ludlow Board of Education gave a progress report this week, announcing that its elementary and middle schools scored proficient/progressing, while Ludlow High School earned a proficient rating in recent state test results. It was also announced that the district as a whole scored proficient for the second straight year.
The “progressing” portion indicates that a school grew at a greater rate than other schools.
Superintendent Mike Borchers said that the state testing model may change next year to be less comparison-based and focus more on collaborative growth.

At the same meeting, each school's principal gave an assessment of their strengths and areas for additional improvement.
In other actions, board members approved the district’s investment policy and announced it will now bank with BB&T. The board also passed its updated special education procedures.
Read the full River City News story here.


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.


Circus Mojo founder converts Ludlow theater to brewery

As part of a unified strategy to connect local history, community outreach, unique entertainment and “stellar beer,” a Ludlow entrepreneur is giving a facelift to one of Northern Kentucky's storied mid-century theater houses.
Paul Miller, owner and co-founder of Ludlow’s highly popular Circus Mojo performance company, recently announced that his next business venture, the forthcoming BIRCUS Brewing Co., has passed qualification standards with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will now seek investors to fund expansion and restoration of the space.
According to the company’s website, Circus Mojo is a circus arts program that offers a variety of multidimensional classes, as well as private parties, training and an annual summer camp for aspiring performers. 

"We have hired an award-winning Brewer, Alex Clemens, and have assembled a fantastic team,” Miller said. “We want to make BIRCUS at the Ludlow Theatre a one-of-a-kind tourist destination by creating the most beloved, talked-about, tweeted and engaging brands of local beer."

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 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.

These 11 Cincinnati/NKY businesses are celebrating their first year of operation

Doesn't it seem like more restaurants and retail businesses have opened in Greater Cincinnati in 2015 than in previous years? Entrepreneurship is booming, due in part to organizations like Bad Girl Ventures, The Brandery, Cintrifuse, Mortar and UpTech, which have helped a number of local business owners get their ideas off the ground.
Here's a roundup of 11 high-profile businesses that just happen to be celebrating their one-year anniversary or will before the start of the new year, including Folk School Coffee Parlor in Ludlow and The Gruff in Covington.

Read the full Soapbox 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.

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.

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.
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