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Highland Heights accepts state funding for senior housing development

The City of Highland Heights accepted a block grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky for construction of the Highland Village Senior Housing Development at its Nov. 17 city council meeting.

Tom Guidugli, executive director of Neighborhood Foundations, was in attendance to give council an update on the project, which was reported by The River City News in July. Guidugli stated that the project was approved for a block grant for up to $500,000 of the construction costs. The development will be located in the northern part of Highland Heights.

In a resolution introduced by City Attorney Steve Franzen, council accepted the block grant funds.

Read the full River City News story here.

Was the Kentucky governor's race the end of political polling?

Politicians like to say that the only poll that matters is on Election Day. That's starting to be more true.

Polls in the Kentucky governor's race consistently showed Democrat Jack Conway with a slight lead over Republican Matt Bevin. Not only did Bevin win, but it wasn't even close. Bevin took 53 percent of the vote to Conway's 44 percent.

The day after the election, The Lexington Herald-Leader announced it would dump Survey USA as its pollster.

"We might as well buy monkeys and dartboards vs. what we had here with Survey USA," tweeted Scott Jennings, a Republican consultant in Kentucky.

Read the full Governing Magazine story here.

Devou Park to get a $5 million upgrade

On Nov. 10 the Covington City Commission approved plans for a $5 million clubhouse to be built at Devou Park despite objections from Commissioner Steve Frank.

The clubhouse will replace a 1930s-era building on the park’s golf course. It will be funded using proceeds from the park’s Drees Pavilion, the Devou Park Trust and golf course revenues. Construction of the new building will begin next month, and it’s expected to open in spring 2017.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.

VonLehman breaks ground on new $3 million headquarters in Fort Wright

VonLehman & Company — a leading regional CPA and business advisory firm with offices in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — broke ground Nov. 12 on the a new $3 million headquarters building the company is developing in Fort Wright.

One of the largest accounting firms in the Greater Cincinnati area, VonLehman will build a 57,000-square-foot Class A office building at the Wright’s Summit Office Complex, which is owned and developed by Wessels Construction & Development Company Inc. and its affiliates.

The project was cited by Gov. Steve Beshear last month as an example of “a great corporate citizen for many years” continuing to expand and add jobs in Northern Kentucky.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

3 from Covington win state preservation awards

Two of eight prestigious statewide preservation awards given annually by Preservation Kentucky were received by Covington residents.
Established in 2012 to honor the contributions of Kentuckians who have excelled in preserving the Commonwealth's rich heritage, the Excellence in Preservation Leaders Awards feature projects from rural and urban communities and people who have demonstrated exceptional guidance preserving the built environment, promoting sustainability and providing educational programs.  
The Barbara Hulette Young Preservation Leader Award was given to Emily Wolfe and Paul Wectman for their various preservation projects in the Historic MainStrasse neighborhood, including Otto's, the restoration of an 1890-built church rectory that is now their home and most recently they restored the building now occupied by Frida 601, a popular Mexican restaurant.  
The Helen Dedman Award for Excellence in Preservation Advocacy was given to Lisa Sauer for her long-term leadership of Progress with Preservation, "a movement by the residents of Covington, to demonstrate that the beauty of our architectural heritage can be leveraged for new uses to create a vibrant city that is uniquely Covington" and her tireless support of the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood.

Read the full River City News story here.

NKY legislative caucus hears public input on Brent Spence Bridge

Officials from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) re-emphasized their support for a $2.6 billion replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge — almost certainly with the use of tolls — while others spoke against that plan in front of Northern Kentucky state lawmakers on Oct. 23.

“The chamber believes that the Brent Spence Bridge corridor is the single highest priority for infrastructure improvements in our community,” said David Heidrich, chairman of the chamber’s board. “Secondly, we know of no way that that project can be funded without some form of user fee, or toll.”

“We want to get this bridge built sooner than later,” Robert Koehler of OKI told lawmakers. “Why? Well, of course, safety. Every day that goes by, the risk that you take traveling over this structure is significant. Every day that goes by, the cost goes up.”

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Newport company selected to restore iconic roller coasters

A Greater Cincinnati firm has been chosen to restore one of the nation’s most iconic roller coasters along with one of the tallest roller coasters in the world.

Newport-based Baynum Painting will paint Coney Island’s Cyclone at Luna Park in New York as well as Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster in Northern Ohio.

The Cyclone opened in June 1927 and features an 85-foot, 60-degree drop on a 2,640-foot track with speeds up to 60 miles per hour. It became a New York City landmark in July 1988 and is listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and on the National Historic Landmark Register. Baynum is part of a team working on the multi-year restoration project and will apply a glossy white coat of paint donated by PPG Paints.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.

New Riff to host Nov. 7 festival celebrating Kentucky craft beer and spirits

The first Holler Festival will be held at New Riff Distillery Nov. 7 to feature craft breweries and distilleries that call the state of Kentucky home. Hosted by Ei8ht Ball Brewing and New Riff, the event not only celebrates Kentucky-made products but also demonstrates what it means to be a Kentucky brewery or distillery.
Kentucky bourbon is celebrated around the world for its flavor, say event organizers, due to the region's water, grains, air and people.
New Riff opened adjacent to The Party Source in 2014 and is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Many Holler organizers are members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers — both groups work to support, enhance and grow the craft communities of spirits and beer in Kentucky.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Two promoted at Tri-ED to work in new business development unit

Two staff members at the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) have been promoted and will work within the newly established business development unit led by Senior Vice President Wade Williams.

Kevin Donnelly is now Senior Manager, Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) & Informatics Projects, and Kate Ferrer is now Senior Manager, Marketing & Projects. The promotions coincide with the alignment of marketing, business retention & expansion (BR&E) as well as project support within the new business development unit.

“Kevin has been a key resource in the success of NKY Boost, our award-winning BR&E program, and facilitating investment and expansions by our existing companies,” said Dan Tobergte, President & CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “Kate will manage Tri-ED’s marketing plan and PR, social media and website initiatives in addition to project management and business development.”

Read the full River City News story here.

NKU breaks ground on $105 million Health Innovation Center

Ground was officially broken this week on NKU’s Health Innovation Center, funded by a $97 million allocation from the Kentucky General Assembly and an $8 million investment from St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns and state and local dignitaries Oct. 21 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the university’s Health Innovation Center.

Mearns said the facility will enable the university to educate the community’s next generation of health care professionals and health care leaders.

“In our region and throughout the Commonwealth there is a well-documented need to expand existing programs and to create new programs to educate health care providers of the 21st century,” Mearns said. “A study that was recently conducted by our Center for Economic Analysis and Development concluded that our region will need more than 50,000 new qualified health care workers just by the year 2020.”

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Archer Daniels Midland hiring for 100 high-paying jobs in Erlanger

Archer Daniels Midland Co., a Fortune 500 company, is set to hire 100 workers for its new information technology center that opened late last month in Erlanger.

The company is hosting a hiring event this week for mainly IT and business positions, which include business analysts, technical architects and web developers.

ADM, an agriculture processor and food ingredient company, is recruiting after the company announced plans to locate its IT operations here late last year.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.

Passport to Manufacturing offers career opportunities at five open houses

The Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), Gateway Community & Technical College and Northern Kentucky Tri-ED announced the launch of "Passport to Manufacturing," a new series of recruiting events designed to attract high school students to the advanced manufacturing industry. October is designated as National Manufacturing Month.

High school students and their parents from Northern Kentucky are encouraged to visit five leading manufacturers (Bosch, Linamar, Safran, Steinert and Steinkamp) for open houses and tours 4-7 p.m. Oct. 14. A passport will be available at all five locations.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Ky. 536 residents, travelers view alternatives for road

Jean Ketron feels "lost."

"I've lived in my home at the corner of Oliver and Harris for 50 years," she said. "I hate to lose it."

But it's a possibility with impending improvements to Ky. 536 in Kenton County.

Ketron attended Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Government's Ky. 536 scoping study open house on Oct. 5, where two alternatives to improve the road were introduced. According to Ketron, it looks as though either alternative could take her house. She is not alone.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.

Interact for Health's Ann Barnum forges coalitions to address heroin addiction

The plague of heroin and opiate abuse that’s descended on Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky — not to mention much of the rest of America — is enough to make many people throw up our hands in dismay. But not Ann Barnum, vice president of community strategies at Interact for Health.

She’s been dealing with this complex issue for years, her efforts focused on fostering collaboration with agencies and individuals concerned about what havoc addiction is wreaking on area residents, especially young people, the most likely and vulnerable users.

Barnum knows the horrifying truth behind drug abuse, since she’s worked for more than three decades with organizations in the region dealing with substance use disorders. She’s been with Interact for 16 years. The organization — a nonprofit serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana — is a catalyst for health and wellness. Barnum has been a passionate advocate for eliminating opioid abuse in the region.

Asked how this epidemic came about, she offers a clear explanation.

“It started with an opiate prescription epidemic,” Barnum says. “Too many opiate pain killers were being prescribed.”

Read the full Soapbox story here.

COV200 seeks input for what to put inside Covington bicentennial's time capsule

Covington residents, business owners and friends recently voted to determine the winning Covington Bourbon Barrel design for a time capsule they’re creating in commemoration of Covington’s bicentennial. Now COV200 — the volunteers behind the year-long celebration of all things Covington, who aim to showcase the city’s rich 200-year history, culture and potential — is working with the community to determine the time capsule’s contents.
“We have received quite a few ideas from the community, including 2015 mint coins, menus from all Covington restaurants, the Covingtonopoly game, photos of families, letters from kids to future kids, list of top music in 2015, the COV200 book and much more,” says Kate Esarey, COV200 Project Manager and Community Development Specialist at The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.

Read the full Soapbox story here.
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