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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.


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.


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.

Local partnership to bring more than 200 student jobs to NKU

Beginning this October, nonprofit group Education at Work (EAW) will open an office at Northern Kentucky University, introducing an initial 70 jobs to NKU students through an agreement with area employer Paycor.
Paycor is a cloud-based human capital management platform headquartered in Cincinnati. As Paycor representatives, NKU students will provide client and technical back-office support, while building professional experience and networking for future career success.
Additionally, NKU students employed by Paycor will be eligible to earn up to $6,000 per year in tuition assistance, thanks to a program created by EAW.
While a second partnership has not yet been named, the center is expected to bring up to 200 part-time jobs to campus in the coming years.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

NKU named among safest American campuses

Highland Heights, home to Northern Kentucky University, has been named among the 30 safest college towns in America by online index SafeWise.com.
According to the article, “there were no incidents of assault, robbery, arson, motor vehicle theft or murder in 2014.”
NKU credits an experienced campus police force and effective communication for its success in keeping more than 15,000 enrolled students safe and informed.
Recent campus safety measures include a free smartphone app that contains emergency contact information, an alert system and general tips that students can use to maintain personal safety.
Additionally, NKU conducts regular fire drills and active-shooter education programs.
Read the full SafeWise.com 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.

Nexigen tech to make Newport first "smart city" in Midwest

Newport-based tech company Nexigen has announced a vision that includes installing smartLINK nodes – nine-foot carbon fiber structures emitting a canopy of super-fast wireless internet – at various points throughout the city.
The nodes will be connected to high-speed fiber optics, with Wi-Fi capabilities extending 30 to 300 miles from a single access point. Project leaders hope the system will streamline parking, trash collection and other municipal processes, while providing residents with a more connected, better informed day-to-day experience.
Newport will be among the first in the country to scale the technology, thanks to Nexigen's technology, which boasts a smaller scope and footprint than similar projects being undertaken by other U.S. cities.
“Most smart cities we are seeing are trying to help those without the means to afford fancy technology or high-speed internet access,” said Nexigen co-founder Jon Salisbury. “We have actionable steps we have taken which allow for these groups to gain access to internet and information about the community like jobs and current events.
Read the full River City News story here.

New Riff plans $7.5M expansion in West Newport

A recently announced project in West Newport will be the first expansion effort for New Riff, which opened its bourbon and gin distillery operation two years ago on Route 8 in Newport.
The 17,300-squre-foot Whiskey Campus will be located along the newly widened Kentucky Route 9. The project will include a 15-barrel-high structure to house New Riff’s bourbon and rye barrels while the product ages.
Both buildings dedicated to the expansion are more than 100 years old and were used in the past to house the Greenline trolley and bus system that served Northern Kentucky until 1972.
Subsequent project phases will include a brewpub, taproom and restaurant as well as Ei8ht Ball Brewing, which will relocate from its current home at The Party Source in Newport.
Read the full Soapbox Media 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.

Plans still in works to redevelop iconic Bellevue theater

Nearly one year ago, developer Kent Hardman announced his plans to transform Bellevue’s historic Marianne Theater into a brewery. This month it was announced that the City of Bellevue will extend its memorandum of understanding, allowing more time for those plans to come to fruition.
Hardman’s past accomplishments include renovation of the old Jackson Theater in Cincinnati’s Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood, as well as redevelopment of an old firehouse, which now houses Fireside Pizza and Hardman’s personal residence.
After purchasing the Marianne for $138,000 in 2014, Bellevue enlisted the Catalytic Fund’s help in evaluating requests and choosing a developer. The memorandum will extend for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days.

Read the full River City News article here.

Newport to host second annual Trash Bash September 11

For the second year in a row, Newport residents will engage in a “spirited trash-collection competition,” vying for prizes that include the Golden Trash Can Award.
Other prizes include:
  • Most Spirited (team costumes)
  • Most Unusual (weirdest piece of trash collected)
  • Biggest Butt (most cigarette butts collected) 
The event, which begins 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at Providence Park, offers a chance to both clean up the neighborhood and enjoy food, drinks and an opportunity for residents to mingle with fellow Newportians.
The event is free and open to the public.
Find more information and registration link here.
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