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First leg of Riverfront Commons opens

Earlier this month, a 3,000-foot pedestrian bridge and path atop and carved into the earthen levee between the Purple People Bridge and Daniel Carter Beard (Big Mac) Bridge.

It's the first leg of the Riverfront Commons project, an effort to create more accessible walking and biking routes on the souther banks of the Ohio River. And it represents a tenacious community-driven effort to better connect Northern Kentucky's cities. Reports the Cincinnati Enquirer: 
This is a symbol of what can be accomplished when public officials get together and work toward a common goal," said Roger Peterman, chairman of the Riverfront Commons Committee, a member of Southbank's board of directors and chairman of the Northern Kentucky Port Authority.

The $1.2 million path connects the restaurants, condominiums and apartments along Riverboat Row with the Purple People Bridge and with Newport on the Levee. Eventually, it will be one piece in an 11.5-mile multi-use path that stretches along the Ohio River from Fort Thomas in the east to Ludlow in the west.
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Delta, US Airways add flights at CVG

Two major airlines plan to add flights during peak travel seasons this year at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

U.S. Airways is set to add another daily, nonstop flight to Charlotte this summer, starting July 2. Delta Air Lines plans to offer daily flights to Cancun, Mexico, during the holiday season, beginning Dec. 1.

The announcement comes on the heels of an expansion of Allegiant Airways flights to Tampa Bay and Myrtle Beach, which begin in May. 

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NKU to build Health Innovations Center

Northern Kentucky University will soon build a $97 million Health Innovations Center. Although plans for the center are still in the early stages, it will likely include classrooms and research labs.
The Center’s goal is to help improve the region’s health care in the short-term and help transform how medical care is delivered in the long-term.
St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare helped lobby for the new center, but hasn’t committed to placing clinics or other operations inside the building to cater to patients. They also haven’t said if they will pay for the programming.
The new center will likely include input from NKU’s Health Informatics and Big Data programs; training for nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other growing professions; and recruiting by innovative health care companies to link with students.

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New Braxton Brewing Co. will combine beer, education, technology

Evan Rouse has been brewing beer in his dad’s garage for the past six years. After a visit to Upland Brewing Co. when he was 16, he fell in love with craft beer. Evan’s success in brewing competitions caught the attention of Richard Dubé, former vice president of brewing and quality at Christian Moerlein.
Later this year, Evan and his brother, Jake, and father, Greg, along with Dubé, will open Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington. They will start off with local production, and then expand to other areas of the Midwest.
“Looking across the industry and what’s happening in Over-the-Rhine, we saw the number of craft beer fans out there,” Jake says. “We’re looking to bridge the gap between Ohio and Kentucky, and prove that the river isn’t an ocean between us.”
Although Evan and Dubé will handle the brewing, Jake will be behind Braxton Brewing’s digital branding, and Greg is working on the brewery’s educational approach. Jake, a manager at ExactTarget, plans to launch a mobile app that will leverage what technology can provide in the craft beer industry.
“We want to help revolutionize beer, and we hope this app will do that,” he says.
Braxton Brewing partnered with Miami University for the digital branding aspect of the company, and Neltner Small Batch worked on the company’s physical branding.
The group also wants to focus on educating their customers. “We want to put the customer at the center of our brewery by creating an atmosphere around craft beer and learning about craft beer,” Greg says. “We think it’s important to keep people as close to the product as possible.”
The brewery will be housed in an 11,000-square-foot space on Seventh Street in the Pike Street Corridor. There will be between 15-20 beers on tap at any given time, with Braxton’s core brands and rotating seasonal and specialty beers as well.
Evan and Dubé designed the brewery’s 20-barrel, three-vessel system, and are now working with manufacturers on the actual product.
By Caitlin Koenig. This story originally published in Soapbox.

Allegiant Air adds flights to Tampa, Myrtle Beach at CVG

Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport's newest carrier has more than doubled its flight load less than a month after beginning operations. Allegiant launched in February with two flights per week to Ft. Myers and two flights per week to Orlando.

Allegiant will begin flying two-day-a-week service from CVG to Tampa on Thursdays and Sundays starting on May 15, while flying seasonally to Myrtle Beach on Mondays and Fridays starting May 30 and ending August 11.

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CVG named best regional airport in North America

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) outperforms the competition yet again! It was recently named World's Best Regional Airport in North America by SkyTrax for the fourth straight year, outranking Denver, San Francisco, and Toronto. 

CVG was also recognized as No. 1 for World's Best Airports serving 5 million to 10 million passengers, No. 2 for Best Airport (overall) in North America, No. 4 for World's Best Domestic Airport and No. 6 for Best Airport Staff in North America.

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"Aerospace corridor" could be $1B boon to NKY

Communities in Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati-Dayton region have submitted a bid for a federal designation through the U.S. Manufacturing Communities Partnership. The designation, if granted, would brand the region as an "aerospace corridor" and make it easier to win bids for assistance from government funding programs. 

The region has among the highest concentrations of aerospace-related companies and workers in the nation, with more than 100,000 people employed in supply chain businesses such as metal stamping, tooling and materials. 

Read more about the designation bid here.

NKY's top 200 employers

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has helped Northern Kentucky Magazine compile a list of the region's top 200 employers, available here.

The list includes employers from diverse sectors of the local economy, including aviation, automotive, IT, logistics, and especially informatics, the magazine reports. 

"With the location of Clear Measures and Xcelerated Learning Dynamics in Covington in 2013, Northern Kentucky is building a high-tech, informatics-based corridor," said Dan Tobergte, president and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed. "We are seeing dividends, with e-commerce logistics companies like Groupon Goods and food manufacturer Newly Weds Foods locating near the airport and many existing advanced manufacturing businesses, like Lyons Magnus and Mubea, expanding."

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UpTech's third round could change startup funding

For the past two years, UpTech has helped launch 15 companies, giving them seed funding, office space and connections with mentors and potential strategic partners.

Now, UpTech wants to help its successful companies keep growing and accessing capital. In the process, it may well change the face of startup funding in Northern Kentucky.

UpTech soon will start raising money for its third fund, which could be up to six times larger than the accelerator's first two funds that raised $800,000 and $750,000, respectively.

In addition to providing seed funding for UpTech's third class of startups, the new fund will offer additional capital to other promising young companies in the region that need money to grow. Those investments will include follow-on seed rounds, which typically reach up to $2 million, and early stage rounds, which typically range between $3 million and $6 million.

"We've recognized we have to grow each stage of funding," UpTech co-founder Casey Barach said. "A larger fund for UpTech and other companies is the next step."

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Christ Hospital to develop Drawbridge Inn site

The Christ Hospital Health Network has plans to redevelop the former Drawbridge Inn site in Fort Mitchell. The 75,000-square-foot medical office building will be part of a larger, mixed-used development.
The project is still in the very early planning stages, and there is no set date for construction to begin.
“The former Drawbridge Inn site presents an exceptional opportunity for us to expand our presence in Northern Kentucky and provide more choice and access for consumers,” says Mike Keating, president and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network.
The City of Fort Mitchell wants to create a community with easy access to residential, retail and medical offices. The new facility will bring new jobs to the city and offer additional health amenities.
The Christ Hospital Health Network is working with Brandicorp on the construction of The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center in Montgomery, which is scheduled to open in spring 2015. Brandicorp is also leading the redevelopment of the Drawbridge Inn site.
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Gateway-Citi partnership wins national workforce development award

A 10-year partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and the Florence, Ky., site of financial services company Citi has received the prestigious national Bellwether Award for Workforce Development from the Community College Futures Assembly and the University of Florida.

The Gateway-Citi partnership was one of 10 national finalists for the award, which recognizes public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.

"In more than 1,200 national community colleges, this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive," said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. “The awards are similar to being selected by your peers, comparable to the Oscar or Emmy award. Leaders from the winning institution are often recruited by other colleges to replicate the award-winning program.”

The Gateway-Citi partnership emphasizes career development and provides resources to enable Citi employees to begin or complete college credentials. Nearly 2,900 Citi employees have been served by the partnership, and Citi has replicated parts of it atthree other sites across the country. In addition, Gateway has replicated various components in numerous companies in the Greater Cincinnati/NorthernKentucky region.

"In today's dynamic environment, less robust partnerships can fall to the wayside as business, academics, and the world change. It is an amazing achievement for this partnership to thrive for over 10 years,” said Gregg Morton, a managing director at Citi. “Because the foundation was built on improving the lives of others, that principle drives the partnership's sustained success.”

"The collaboration began with planning sessions in 2002-2003 and now offers multiple onsite components that include the Gateway Academic Center, academic advising, Career Discovery classes involving employee-designed career pathway maps and academic goals, and credit classes leading to certificates and degrees,” said Dr. Ed Hughes, Gateway president/CEO.

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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.
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Accounting firm expands to NKY

A Dayton-based accounting firm is expanding to Northern Kentucky. Clark Schaefer Hackett, which has two Dayton-area offices at Austin Landing and in Springfield, opened its Fort Mitchell, Ky. office on Feb. 1.

The new Northern Kentucky office expands Clark Schaefer Hackett'sfootprint into seven cities. This will be the firm's first location outside of Ohio. The expansion provides more convenient access to the firm's Northern Kentucky employees and clients, and proves its commitment to further growth in the region.

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Business is booming in Newport

New residential developments, new retail space, new life on the riverfront -- it's all happening in Newport, says City Manager Tom Fromme: 

"Newport is where it’s happening. Everything is happening in Newport.”
... This wasn't spin from a city administration urging people just to believe that the fabric of a city was changing for the better. In his 2013 year-in-review presentation, Fromme had proof on his side just outside the windows of the city building. Monmouth Street is alive and well and getting better with every passing day.
In the coming months, Monmouth Row, a sprawling $10 million development by Towne Properties and Carlisle Development, will welcome tenants to its 100-plus units, an immediate boost of foot traffic to the growing number of businesses on the historic downtown street, and mere steps from the city's landmark Newport on the Levee.
“They’re going to town there,” Fromme said of the pace of the development's construction. An entire block was razed to make way for Monmouth Row on the 400 block, a new project designed to blend in with this old-style architecture of the city's urban core. "It’s a great addition. You’re going to get a significant ripple effect if businesses take advantage of that."
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