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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.

 

Boone County breaks ground on $2.7M YMCA expansion


Community leaders gathered last week in Burlington to break ground on an expansion project at R.C. Durr YMCA that will feature a St. Elizabeth Healthy Living Center.
 
“The idea is that we’ll renovate our existing fitness center and add about 3,000 square feet,” said YMCA executive director Jacob Brooks. “What’s really exciting about the Healthy Living Center and that concept is all of the health and wellness programs that St. Elizabeth and the YMCA will collaborate on. We plan to maximize each other’s expertise to provide some really unique and innovative programs for our members and our community.”
 
St. Elizabeth Health Care contributed a $1M gift to make the expansion possible; total cost is projected at $2.7M.
 
In addition to expanding the fitness center, the expansion project’s first phase will include a 1,500-square-foot expansion of the center’s group exercise room, additional 800 square feet of space to accommodate new specialty exercise programs and an additional 3,250 square feet for licensed childcare and early-teen programs.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

KY Makers Market to feature regional playbook launch


The season’s final installment of the popular Old Kentucky Makers Market series will kick off Friday, November 4 in Bellevue and feature craft beer, local food and music. The event will be a variety of local vendors, as well as autumn-themed activities
 
The purpose of the series is to showcase Northern Kentucky’s vast and varied handmade offerings and homespun ideas, but organizers are also using the event to test the Neighborhood Playbook — a tool created by two local residents that will help bring investment and positive change to emerging communities.
 
The playbook was created by People’s Liberty Project Grantees Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol — both Northern Kentucky residents, but who work extensively with redevelopment groups representing both sides of the river.
 
Organizers will distribute copies of the Neighborhood Playbook and share ideas for individuals and groups to activate their neighborhoods and build on positive momentum.
 
The event starts at 5 p.m. at 700 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. Visit the Old Kentucky Makers Market Facebook page for more info and to RSVP.
 
Catch the WVXU interview with Wright and Nickol here.

 

County approves Bellevue plans for TIF district improvement


Some Bellevue businesses objected to the city’s new plans for a tax increment finance (TIF) district, but that didn’t stop Campbell County from approving the plan by a vote of 4-2 earlier this month.
 
Bellevue’s TIF plan calls for major improvements to the city’s infrastructure as well as a wave of development within the city’s commercial areas beyond Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue’s main business corridor.
 
According to the plan, tax money collected from any increased value of property would be reinvested solely within the parameters of the TIF area outlined in the plan. Objecting businesses worry that the ordinance will unfairly characterize their properties as “blighted,” spurring possible eminent domain efforts. Officials attempted to assuage those fears, stating that creation of a TIF will not increase the city’s property power.
 
"I understand the fear of eminent domain, but I don't think it's a realistic view," said Commissioner Tom Lampe, speaking to the objectors. "You should be fortunate that you're in it because the money is going to be put back into the surrounding area that you are in. They want to help you succeed. This should be a good, positive thing."
 
Neighboring cities of Newport, Dayton and Highland Heights currently have similar TIF plans in place.
 
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."

 

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

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.

 

Dayton KY artist collective takes home Big Pitch award


This year’s ArtWorks Big Pitch competition featured several small projects by established artists, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs from around the Greater Cincinnati region.
 
There were bakers, framers and apron-makers, but one project in particular shone a spotlight on Northern Kentucky’s creative scene.
 
Scott Beseler is a professional photojournalist and the creative force behind The Lodge, a multifunctional creative space and recording studio housed in a former Masonic lodge in Dayton, KY. Beseler submitted The Lodge for Big Pitch’s annual competition, ultimately taking home $5,000 in business grants as recipient of the competition’s audience-choice award.
 
The competition, presented by U.S. Bank, provides contestants with business coaching and support for 10 weeks, culminating in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges. The competition took place Oct. 6 at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
 
Beseler, who describes his vision for The Lodge as a “rock ‘n roll bed and breakfast slash art studio,” will use the awarded funds to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the physical space, while looking ahead to expansion that would include installing a commercial kitchen for catering events and hiring an employee to oversee day-to-day operations.
 
Read the full Soapbox Media 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.

 
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