A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bad Girl Ventures becomes Aviatra Accelerators, reflecting innovation, success of ‘Women on the Rise’

Bad Girl Ventures (BGV), an accelerator devoted to empowering women-owned startups and small businesses, announced its new name and brand identity today: Aviatra Accelerators. The new name is a combination of two Latin words — avis, the Latin word for bird, and atria, meaning open to the sky. The new brand captures the spirit of pioneering women aviators like Amelia Earhart and Women Airforce...

A reminder: Behringer-Crawford’s Two-Headed Calf Awards to be presented on March 30 — order tickets

Michael J. Hammons, director of advocacy for Children, Inc., Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey,superintendent of the Kenton County School District, and Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library, are the winners of the seventh annual Two-Headed Calf Awards, presented by Behringer-Crawford Museum.   The awards committee also gave special Community recognition to Matt and Rebekah Gensler...

Village Players of Fort Thomas announce cast for ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors,’ playing in April

The Village Players of Fort Thomas is pleased to announce the cast for Don’t Talk to the Actors written by Tom Dudzick, directed by Merritt Beischel and produced by Nathan Henegar. Stage Manager is Steve Winslow.   The plot: The best laid plans go awry when the cast and crew of a Broadway-bound play resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior, and chaotic abandon to get what they want. Fledgling...

Newport Independent Schools, Brighton Center get $490,000 grant for community learning center

The Newport Independent Schools and The Brighton Center, Northern Kentucky’s largest social services provider, have received a $490,000 federal grant to develop a community learning center. The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support the creation of a community learning center that will provide academic enrichment opportunities during...

UW’s Partners for Competitive Workforce helping to close skills gap by training for in-demand jobs

By Brett Jager United Way of Greater Cincinnati Since 2008, the United Way-managed Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW) has worked to close the skills gap in our region by training people to fill in-demand jobs in the areas of health care, advanced manufacturing, supply chain management, construction and information technology. The results speak for themselves: Over 11,200 individuals served 79%...

Kids Voting NKY to honor Jane Beshear with its Civic Leadership Award at March 21st luncheon

Kids Voting Northern Kentucky will present the organization’s highest honor, its Civic Leadership Award, to Jane Beshear, who served as First Lady of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2007-2015. The award will be presented at the Kids Voting Northern Kentucky’s annual luncheon on March 21, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront, 668 West Fifth St. in Covington. As a businesswoman, educator,...

Safety Net Alliance’s Build a Dream means 100 beds to be made, delivered to needy families this weekend

On Saturday, March 18, Build A Dream Northern Kentucky will build and deliver 100 beds for 100 low-income kids. This is the second year the event is taking place. Build A Dream is a project of the Safety Net Alliance of Northern Kentucky to shine a light on the hundreds of children in our community sleeping on floors and to increase awareness of the need for bed donations. 
 
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation celebrates ‘Cincinnati’s Finest’ at finale on April 6

The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has found 19 of the best and brightest professionals to carry out the 8th annual Cincinnati’s Finest campaign. These candidates have embarked on a guided 12-week long fundraising and awareness campaign that began January 9th. The honorees chosen exemplify strong leadership qualities, are active in their community, and have excelled...

Leadership Northern Kentucky: ‘Unlock the Block’ pop-up music festival July 22 at Ritte’s Corner

And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted – play that funky music. The inaugural music festival, sponsored by Leadership NKY and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Ritte’s Corner Historic District located in Latonia neighborhood of Covington. “Unlock the Block” will feature lively music from several...

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary season includes Amadeus Live at Greaves

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra continues its 25th Anniversary Season at Greaves Concert Hall with a another regional premiere — Amadeus Live (2nd U.S. performance) on April 8 at Greaves Concert Hall. Highland Heights will join the international cities of London, Prague, Paris, Lucerne, Toronto, Seoul, Istanbul and Munich, where the film Amadeus with live-orchestral and choral soundtrack has received...

Soccer Legend Abby Wambach to speak to benefit Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Soccer Legend Abby Wambach is coming to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m. to talk about the decisions, wins, losses, and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world class athlete and leader she is today. Proceeds from A Conversation with Abby Wambach support The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Tickets are $50 ($40 for students) and...

Children’s Law Center names Acena Beck new executive director, effective July 1; Tandy retiring

The Children’s Law Center (CLC) Board of Directors has named Acena Beck to be the executive director and leader of the organization. Beck, the current deputy director, will assume the duties and responsibilities of executive director on July 1. She takes over for Kim Brooks Tandy, who founded the Covington-based legal-services center for children and youth in 1989. Tandy is stepping down June 30. “I...

Award-winning musician and author, Jim Gill, returns to Boone County Public Library March 31

Award-winning musician and author, Jim Gill, will perform at Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Gill Every Jim Gill concert is an opportunity for family play. In concert, Gill strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. The concert...

Women’s Crisis Center and Brighton Center team up for services to NKY Scholar House in Newport

Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) and Brighton Center’s Northern Kentucky Scholar House are collaborating to provide services to Northern Kentucky Scholar House residents. Northern Kentucky Scholar House (NKSH) is a comprehensive statewide, two-generational self-sufficiency program for single parent families as they pursue a degree in higher education. It is at 400 West Sixth Street in Newport. Neighborhood...

Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal secure tax credit investment, bridge financing for restoration

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), Union Terminal LLC (UT) and Union Terminal Corporation (UTC) have secured historic tax credit investment and bridge financing from PNC Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Fifth Third Bank that will help fund the restoration of Union Terminal. “The community preservation of Union Terminal brings together public and private partners who recognize the rich history...