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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.

Kay Geiger to receive 2017 Metropolitan Award

Kay Geiger will be the honoree at the sold-out 20th Annual Metropolitan Award Dinner on Oct. 24. The event will be sponsored by Western & Southern Financial and feature presentations by guests from Miami University, North American Properties and Standard Textile.
Geiger, who serves as PNC Bank’s president for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, receives this year’s award for her significant contributions to unify the region through leadership and commitment to economic and community development.
Geiger also serves on the boards and executive committees for the Kenton County/CVG Airport Board, Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, 3CDC and REDI Cincinnati. She also serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cintrifuse, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Zoological Society of Cincinnati and CincyTech.
Geiger is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Cincinnati Business Advisory Committee.
Past recipients of The Metropolitan Award have included Kathryn Merchant, Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, William T. Robinson III, Dr. James and Rachel Votruba, Robert Sathe, Robert Castellini, William Burleigh, Judge Nathanial Jones, A.G. Lafley, Wayne Carlisle, William Keating, Patricia Corbett, Otto Budig, Jr., Ed and Carole Rigaud, William P. Butler, Joseph Head, Joseph Hayden and Oliver Waddell.
Read the full story at MetropolitanClub.net.

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.


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.


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.


New Covington pub will celebrate local baseball heritage

Owners of the popular Dickmann’s Sports Café in Fort Wright will open a new bar and grill at Covington’s Roebling Point next summer.
The new entertainment spot will be named after baseball legend Smoke Justis, who played for the storied Covington Blue Sox — the professional team who spent less than a season here in 1913 — in a stadium at Scott Blvd. that has since been replaced by the Kenton County Parking Garage.
True to its name, Smoke Justis will serve a variety of meat-forward entrees that will include Kentucky Hot Brown, chicken wings and sliders. The bar will also feature craft beer and bourbon as well as vintage sports décor.
Owner Richard Dickmann is excited to join the spate of Covington restaurants currently thriving at the south end of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.
"I don't see any change in my lifetime of where the urban core is going. I only see it getting better," said Dickmann, whose family has operated Dickmann’s Sport Café for 22 years. Dickmann moved to downtown Covington four years ago. "When you walk outside the building and look north, there is not a better vantage point than Court Street."


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.


Covington's new Innovation Alley to host startup celebration Oct. 6

At a recent convening, the Covington Board of City Commissioners announced that the alley connecting Russell and Washington Streets in Covington will henceforth be known as Innovation Alley.
It was later announced the alley will serve as venue for UPSTART, a street celebration of regional entrepreneurship taking place Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
The designation acknowledges the cluster of buildings in that area that now or will soon house startups, tech companies and business incubators such as bioLOGIC, Bexion Pharmaceuticals, UpTech and Bad Girl Ventures.
“This formal action taken by the City Commission is the first step in recognizing what many people have worked so hard to build during the past 15 years — an innovation district in heart of downtown Covington,” said Casey Barach, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network and Senior VP of Entrepreneurship for Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
The Covington-based MKSK design and architecture firm has developed a strategy for redeveloping and activating the alley with phases that include beautification, restoration and, finally, installation of solar covered parking, flexible public spaces and awnings.
An event page describes UPSTART as an opportunity to, “Join small business owners, lenders, advisers and many others in a street festival to celebrate entrepreneurship and get inspiration and advice from existing companies.”
The event will feature live local music, beer and food. Click here to reserve tickets.
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.


Huntington Bank to move 117 employees to downtown Covington

Huntington Bank is proposing a deal – brokered in part by Covington City Manager Larry Klein – that would move 117 employees from its Crestview Hills office to a building the company currently owns at Sixth Street and Madison Avenue.
Last month, the company’s application for a jobs development tax break was approved unanimously. The deal will entail a five-year, one-percent payroll tax incentive.
The announcement represents just a portion of the hundreds of jobs that are slated to move to Covington’s RiverCenter.
As a result of his efforts, City Manager Klein will receive a pay raise for the first time in two years increasing his annual salary from $133,000 to $144,000.
Read the full River City News article here.

Kroger shows love to renovated store with community mural

“Love the Cov” is a refrain that has taken on many meanings in the short years since it came to represent a regional celebration of all things Covington, Kentucky.
This month, grocery giant Kroger gets in on the act with creation of the “Love the Cov” community mural that now adorns the newly renovated Covington store, located at 1525 Madison Avenue.
The mural – the fifth that Kroger has locally commissioned since 2012 – will extend across three of the store’s exterior walls, with elements depicting the surrounding neighborhood’s racial and ethnic diversity, as well as material landmarks such as the Futuro House, Heron Fountain and the Ascent.
“Kroger is committed to the community and this is something that is unique,” said Patty Leeseman, Public Affairs Manager for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division. “We are also trying to bring a little bit of the community to the store. That’s why we did the focus groups and the research, we wanted to make sure we got input from the community because this is their store.”
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.

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.

NKY Community Action Commission launches single-parent scholar program

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) is now accepting applications for enrollment in a new program that will provide education, support and housing assistance for single parents who are pursuing a college degree.
Lincoln Grant Scholar House (LGSH) will open this December at 824 Greenup Street in Covington, a building that formerly served African-American students from 1932 to 1965, when the state desegregated all public schools. The building has been redesigned to house at least 45 parents and 68 children annually through the LGSH program.
LGSH applicants must be Kentucky residents who are enrolled full-time in a college degree program, with priority given to U.S. military veterans and single-parent families at risk due to toxic stress or domestic violence.
Phone and in-person screenings are now being scheduled. Interested applicants should call (859) 581-6607 or (859) 655-2987 and ask to speak to a Lincoln Grant Scholar House staff person.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

Registration opens for ArtStop Series at The Carnegie

This fall and early-winter, kids ages 7-12 can engage in creative learning through ArtStop Artist Series workshops at The Carnegie in Covington. Online registration is now open.
The workshops will offer dance and drama as well as two- and three-dimensional art projects such as “Tiny Town,” a visual installation that allows students to imagine their own city and then build it.
“Our programs are very student-driven, allowing them to freely create and reflect upon their work in a safe environment,” says Alissa Paasch, education director at The Carnegie. “On top of that, they are taught by top-notch teaching artists — two instructors are in the room at all times — for a very low cost.”
Read the full Soapbox Media article here.

UpTech mentor gives NKU student leg up on career success

For more than a decade, Frank Caccamo has been a leading force in shaping Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. Now, as a sponsor and mentor, he will connect promising grads to the valuable resources available through UpTech.
Through Caccamo’s sponsorship, a funded intern will be able to take advantage of UpTech’s six-month accelerator program for startups, learning how to gain traction via marketing, fundraising, engaging in market research and idea pitches.
Caccamo serves on UpTech’s Board of Directors and was a founding chairman of the College of Informatics’ Dean’s Advisory Board.
“Through thick and thin, good and bad, ups and downs, Frank’s commitment to both of these institutions is unwavering and just remarkable,” says UpTech Board Chair Tom Prewitt. “He has given of himself in terms of time and talent, and now he has followed with his treasure.”
Read the full Soapbox Media 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.
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