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Regional Alliance becomes OneNKY Alliance to better reflect vision for region; Garren Colvin named chair

The Northern Kentucky-based organization responsible for community transformation through the implementation of bold goals has transitioned to a new name to better reflect its vision for the area.

The OneNKY Alliance, formerly known as the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, is a group of dedicated CEOs with a passion for the community.

Their focus on a variety of regional initiatives since 2017 has generated key results for NKY.

“These are compelling times for Northern Kentucky,” said President & CEO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Garren Colvin who serves as Chairman for the OneNKY Alliance. “Collectively we must move our community forward. We must build on bold ideas that lend themselves to the future of NKY. Our name – the OneNKY Alliance – represents unity, oneness.”

The group has implemented a variety of regional initiatives including OneNKY Frankfort, a signature facility within walking distance to the Capital allowing for community voice; One NKY HQ, a planned facility where growth agencies will reside under one roof with aligned strategies and shared services. Health initiatives centered on smoke-free; educational support of the IGNITE Institute and Community Vibrancy efforts including support of Riverfront Commons have been included in the focus.

“We are focused on the upward trajectory for NKY,” said Karen Finan, President & CEO of the OneNKY Alliance. “Our community faces a unique opportunity for change through the challenges of 2020. We will continue to develop strategies around Shared Services by promoting efficiencies throughout our community, municipalities, non-profits; Education and Health by closing in on inequities and gaps and other areas that hold both challenge and opportunity for this community.”

The organization has held multiple regional summits with OneNKY stakeholders including community and business leaders, elected officials, educators, and health professionals to collect ideas; convene growth organizations to move the community forward.

Members of the OneNKY Alliance Board include Garren Colvin, Chairman, St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Kay Geiger, Past Chair, PNC
; Bill Butler, Corporex
; Kevin Canafax, Fidelity; David Drees, Drees Homes
; Greg Fischer, Fischer Homes; 
Andrew Hawking, Truist; 
Bob Heil, KLH Engineers; 
Paul Hemmer, Paul Hemmer Companies; Ellen Katz, Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Steve Macke, Citi; Candace McGraw, CVG
; Tim Schroeder, CTI
; Matt Smith, Ziegler & Schneider
; David Spaulding, Turner Construction
; Amy Spiller, Duke Energy; 
Jim Uebel, Central Bank
; Ashish Vaidya, Northern Kentucky University; and Paul Verst, Verst Logistics.

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