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NKU partners with St. Elizabeth and others to serve athletes


"The health of our student-athletes is a top priority. St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth Orthopaedics join us in our commitment to enhancing the experience of our student-athletes through world-class care," said NKU Director of Athletics Ken Bothof, in a recent announcement regarding the school’s plan to extend medical services to its more than 250 student-athletes.
 
St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers will bring their collective sports medicine and athletic training expertise to NKU’s Division I teams. The partnership will add two additional full-time athletic trainers to the staff covering the Norse, while also providing a physical therapist who will be on campus three times per week.
 
Meanwhile, a registered dietician will be on hand to help education NKU’s student-athletes in maintaining balanced nutrition while juggling study and sports.
 
St. Elizabeth has engaged the university in partnership extensively in recent years; just this past year, the organization contributed $8 million to support the design and construction of simulation facilities in NKU’s new Health Innovation Center, which is set to open in 2018.
 
Read the fully NKY Tribune article here.
 

Community to "roast" local favorite Helen Carroll August 11


In her 27 years with Toyota, Northern Kentucky native Helen Carroll amassed an impressive list of achievements – including authoring a public- and community-relations program that the company still relies on today.
 
But Carroll’s professional achievements pale in comparison to her work in the community, efforts that include establishing a Women’s Executive Peer Exchange Network and earning the A.D. Albright Award for Outstanding Community Service to Education.
 
On August 11, the community will recognize Carroll as one of its most beloved citizens with a friendly roast organized by the Northern Kentucky Tribune in partnership with NaviGo Scholars.
 
The event will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thomas More Convocation Center at Thomas More College. Individual tickets are $85.
 
Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.
 

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.
 

Gateway president eyes stronger relationships in NKY manufacturing


Since accepting the position in May, Gateway Community & Technical College’s newest president Fernando Figueroa has begun to hone in on some of the specific challenges facing the college and its relationships within the region.
 
An immediate task will be to bridge the current divide between the school and the local manufacturing segment.
 
Doing so will require Figueroa to forge new relationships with corporations and small businesses that stand to benefit from Gateway’s efforts to produce skilled graduates of its Advance Manufacturing Technician (AMT) certification program and other manufacturing curricula.
 
Figueroa completed his baccalaureate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans and later earned masters and doctoral degrees from LSU. He is the fourth president in the history of Gateway College, which maintains campuses in Boone County, Edgewood and Covington.
 
Read the full River City News article here.
 

Free festival brings bikes, music, art to Boone County August 20-21


Dave Huff, Executive Director of the grassroots nonprofit Riding Forward, has a lifelong passion for all things bike. In recent years his focus has turned toward instilling that same passion in Northern Kentucky’s young people.
 
That’s what Huff hopes to achieve with the first-annual Broken Spoke Festival, a free, two-day event that will feature local music, art, food trucks and a bike racing showcase. All festival proceeds will fund Riding Forward’s ongoing initiatives designed to inspire outdoor engagement through bike riding.
 
“Our tag line, 'creating a better future through wheeled sports,' will ring loudly throughout the event,” said Huff. “The idea to mix bikes, music, art and food together for a two-day festival is an attempt to bring the community together and build a stronger bond between cycling and the Tristate."
 
The festival has secured a number of corporate sponsorships, including support from regional candy maker, Airheads.
 
Broken Spoke kicks off Saturday, August 20 at Burlington’s England-Idlewild Park with 8 a.m. registration and racing events beginning at noon. Music will follow shortly after, featuring local acts like Young Heirlooms and 500 Miles to Memphis.
 
To learn more about the organization and the festival, visit RidingForward.org and BrokenSpokeFestival.com.


 

Bad Girl Ventures now accepting fall applications


The region’s foremost supporter of female-led startups has announced it will begin accepting applications from fledgling businesses in the “explore” and “launch” phases.
 
Participants can apply for classes in either of the need-based subcategories, which BGV defines as:
 
  • Explore: Designed for beginners, participants in this phase will analyze the feasibility of their ideas and create a strategic business plan with the help of BGV alumni, coaches, facilitators and other contacts.
  • Launch: The second phase of BGV’s education program, this is for startups that have been deemed viable and well vetted. This phase consists of a “mini MBA” course and competition for up to $25,000 in startup loans.
 To learn which BGV fall course is right for your business, visit badgirlventures.com.
 
Read the full River City News story here.
 

Paddlefest returns to region August 6


On Saturday, August 6, a projected 2,000 people from more than 20 states will convene at Schmidt Recreation Complex to canoe and kayak nine miles down the Ohio.
 
The annual Paddlefest is a unique and fun way to celebrate the river’s beauty and recreational benefits, while raising funds to encourage outdoor activity among youth and adolescents.
 
Paddlefest weekend officially kicks off Thursday, August 4 at the Covington shoreline with a sunrise paddle, upstream races and other family-friendly activities.
 
For details, visit OhioRiverPaddlefest.org.
 

Long-anticipated developments unfold in Newport


After much debate and waiting, several major developments have begun to take shape in Newport. Among them, a bike/walking trail, widening of a major thoroughfare, new housing options and a mixed-use riverfront complex.
 
Setbacks have long plagued several of those project, but organizers are confident they have found solutions and are ready to move forward.
 
The forthcoming mixed-use Ovation project, for one example, hinged on a $38 million expansion of Kentucky Route 9, which will funnel traffic toward the riverfront and out of the city’s residential neighborhoods.
 
With that project now underway, Ovation's development company, Corporex, can now move forward with the $1 billion development, which when finished will include 108 townhomes, 726 condos, 192 senior-housing units, 1.2 million square feet of office space, 300,000  square feet of retail space, a 3,000-seat venue, two hotels and 6,200 parking spaces.

“It’s a great year for development for the city,” says Greg Tulley, development services director for the City of Newport. “There’s a lot of interest in the area, and you’re going to see a lot more projects coming up."
 
Read the full Soapbox story here.
 

Study shows KY grad rates among highest in nation


Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center issued a report showing increased high school graduation rates nationwide – but the report shows particularly good news for Kentucky.
 
Kentucky is now reportedly among the nation’s leaders in closing the high school graduation gap for low-income students, despite a statewide poverty rate that remains above average.
 
With a graduation rate of 87.5 reported for the 2015-16 academic year, Kentucky is one of only six states in the union showing graduation rates for low-income students above the national average of 82.3 percent.
 
“Over the last 25 years, citizens of all political stripes have built and sustained a culture and climate that are truly committed to achieving educational opportunity and advancement for all of Kentucky’s children, of all income levels,” said Joanna Hornig Fox, author of For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students.
 
“The next challenge for Kentucky is to build on the same civic will to do the same for postsecondary education, building the state’s economy and the quality of individuals’ lives,” the author said.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune article 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.

Gorilla Maker creates 3D printers, jobs for NKY


Of the American flag stickers that adorn all his company’s products, founder Glenn Warner says, “We stick these on everything we make. We get parts from around the world, but everything that can be made by us in Kentucky, we make. I bleed red, white and blue, and we want that flag to be on every machine that goes out of here.”
 
That American entrepreneurial spirit is just one component that drives Verona-based Gorilla Maker, producers of state-of-the-art 3D printers.
 
Warner purchased his first printer three years ago in an effort to save money on costly plastic brackets for his computer repair business. He soon ran into performance issues and decided to design his own model. Demand for his new printers quickly increased, and that’s been the focus of his business ever since.
 
Gorilla Maker now leads the industry and produces more than a dozen 3D printers per month.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.

 

NKY Health Dept begins testing for Zika virus


The Zika virus has captured international attention from health officials and residents alike, and it recently made its first appearance in Northern Kentucky after arriving stateside earlier this year.
 
In response, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has announced that it will begin trapping and testing the region’s mosquitoes in an effort to understand and ultimately prevent the illness.
 
So far, all report Zika virus cases in the United States have appeared in individuals who were infected while traveling or contracted it from a person who traveled, but officials are concerned that the virus may eventually be transmitted to mosquitos and, subsequently, to humans in the region.
 
The health department will employ measures similar to those used in the past to monitor West Nile virus, namely, traps that contain dry ice, CO2 and special lights to aid in isolating the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species known to carry Zika.

Read the full River City News article here
 

Iconic Bavarian brewery will house county government


The furor in recent months surrounding proposed demolition of a historic, castle-like Covington landmark has been laid to rest with the recent announcement that Kenton County will purchase the structure and covert it for administrative use.
 
The Bavarian Brewery Building, which was built in 1866 at 522 W. 12th Street in Covington and most recently housed Jillian’s nightclub and restaurant, has been at the center of a lawsuit between its owner and the city for nearly 10 years.
 
The case was settled late last month following a hearing by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
 
Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, while noting that plans for the space are not yet solidified, expressed enthusiasm for honoring the brewery’s historic value.
 
"In regards to the physical structure of the old Bavarian Brewery itself, we will make every effort to incorporate it into the planning for the new county administration building,” said Knochelmann. “We’ll learn a lot more in the months to come, but I’m confident that the old tower at the Bavarian Brewery will remain an iconic structure in Covington and Kenton County for many, many years to come."
 
Read the full River City News article 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.
 

NewCo festival July 21 to feature best of NKY startups


Later this month, Cintrifuse and its partners will host dozens of local innovators at multiple Tristate venues for a one-day celebration of all things business in Greater Cincinnati.
 
The second annual NewCo Cincinnati, our region’s take on a citywide business festival that started in San Francisco in 2012, will offer a chance for attendees and presenters to share best practices, hear industry speakers, connect with bright local talent and celebrate the region’s economic success and momentum. 

But despite the name, several of NewCo festival’s most anticipated events and participants don't hail from Cincinnati at all.
 
Northern Kentucky will be well represented at NewCo by experts from segments as diverse as biotech, hospitality, data collection and bourbon distilling. They will offer a glimpse into their individual successes as well as reasons for investors to get excited for NKY’s economic future.
 
Bad Girl Ventures, bioLOGIC, BLDG, New Riff Distilling and Wyzerr are among the buzz-worthy young NKY companies scheduled to host NewCo seminars and networking events throughout the day. Others, such as Braxton Brewing Company and Hotel Covington will offer tours to complement the events.
 
Click here for a full schedule and to reserve tickets.
 
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