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NKy Tri-ED named recipient of 2021 Max Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development

Site Selection magazine on Monday announced that Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and Redi-Cincinnati are among the top economic development organizations in the country. The publication released its winners of the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development, which is awarded to the top local and regional U.S. economic development groups based on their success in attracting job creation and capital...

NKY Chamber presents Government Forum with three mayors on growth, challenges in region

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will present a special virtual Government Forum on Tuesday, May 11 from 1-2 p.m. featuring three Northern Kentucky mayors who will delve into what is helping spur business growth in their respective communities and the challenges businesses are still facing. Walton Mayor Gabe Brown; Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette; and Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli will participate...

Southwest Airlines begins new service to Sarasota, Fort Myers, increases flights to Tampa, Orlando

Southwest Airlines is adding new nonstop service between Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and Sarasota, Florida (SRQ) and Fort Myers, Florida (RSW). Service to Sarasota and Fort Myers will operate on Saturdays beginning June 12. Tickets are available now for purchase at Southwest.com.   Southwest is also increasing frequency to Orlando (MCO) from seven to eight weekly departures...

Restaurant Revitalization Fund registration starts today for new COVID-19 relief funds

Registration is open now and applications will be accepted starting Monday for a new, national COVID-19 relief fund for restaurants, bars, hotels, caterers, breweries, and similar businesses. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. “We want to make sure that Covington businesses are aware and position themselves to apply for those funds quickly,”...

Keven Moore: Change is good and inevitable — but don’t forget to call your insurance agent

What is the definition of heaven? Well for me I could say for a brief time until Bud Selig and MLB woke me out of my dream, it was the day I was hired at Roeding Insurance in 2001 only to later learned that we insured the Cincinnati Reds and that they needed my assistance from a risk control and safety perspective. As a risk control consultant, I have been in and out of all sorts of different types...

Spectrum planning to hire 200 outbound sales reps at call center in Florence; virtual job fair on Friday

Spectrum today announced plans to hire 200 outbound sales representatives at its Florence sales call center over the next several months. Representatives handle outbound sales calls to potential customers regarding Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice services across the company’s 41-state service area. These full-time, growth-opportunity roles offer enhanced pay during training of $20 an hour,...

Jennifer Danner joins Covington Business Council as operations manager, to assist with business growth

Jennifer Danner, MPA has been named Operations Manager for the Covington Business Council (CBC). Jennifer Danner (Photo by A.Lowe/Creative Photography) In this role Danner will execute details of the more than 100 events CBC hosts annually as well as assist in organizational budgeting, member retention and sponsorship. CBC provides a mission of actively promoting a healthy business climate in Covington....

Work search requirement for unemployment insurance benefits being reinstated May 9

By Jacqueline Pitts Kentucky Chamber of Commerce In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement that an individual must be searching for work in order to receive unemployment benefits was temporarily turned off. But now, a year later, it will be reinstated as Kentuckians are being vaccinated and the state looks to get people back to work. (Graphic from Kentucky Chamber of Commerce) Starting...

Watch the Derby, enjoy festivities at Run for the Roses Saturday at Newport on the Levee

On Saturday, May 1, experience the greatest two minutes in sports at Newport on the Levee’s second annual “Run for the Roses,” an open-air Kentucky Derby viewing event. From 5 to 10 p.m., horse race fans are invited to don their fascinators and seersucker as the Bridgeview Box Park and Aquarium Plaza transform into a Derby-themed soiree with festive libations, special activations, live music...

Keeneland ends Springs Meet with limited number of fans permitted and 7.55% increase in wagering

Keeneland closed its 2021 Spring Meet Friday, which featured the return of a limited number of fans to the track, strong all-sources wagering fueled by quality racing led by champion Essential Quality’s win in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and an emphasis on community initiatives in furtherance of Keeneland’s philanthropic mission. “We thank our fans, both near and far, the Central Kentucky community,...

The Takeoff: Despite COVID-19, opportunities remain for women workers, entrepreneurs

By Abby Ober Blue North 
The numbers are stark, staggering and are a cause for concern. According to CBS News, Forbes and other national outlets, an estimated 2.3–3 million women have left the workforce in the wake of COVID-19. Citing recent projections by McKinsey and Oxford Economics, Fortune reports that employment for women may not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, two full years after...

Northern Kentucky’s first quarter single family residential permit activity reveals strong growth

Northern Kentucky is experiencing strong growth for residential single-family permits in this first quarter over 2020’s first quarter. Sixty-three percent growth is visible in the volume of residential single-family building permits in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell. An 83 percent surge in Boone County is most notable. “We have not experienced this level of first-quarter single-family residential...

THRIVE Empowerment Center to celebrate grand opening of new Covington training facility May 1

THRIVE Empowerment Center will celebrate the opening of their new permanent space at 226 West Pike Street in Covington with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 1. Beginning Monday, May 3, the Center will host a variety of antiviolence and assault-resistance education classes. Therapeutic programming, designed to foster resilience and promote healing in trauma survivors, will also be offered. “Our primary...

Annual unemployment report for 2020 shows jobless rates increased in all but one Kentucky county

Annual unemployment rates increased in 119 Kentucky counties in 2020 compared to 2019, and decreased in Clinton County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The annual jobless rate for Carlisle County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2020 at 4.7%. It was followed by Oldham and Todd counties, 4.8% each; Cumberland County, 4.9%; Woodford County, 5%; Clinton County, 5.1%; Pendleton...

Blue North offers ‘How I Made It’ virtual event with two communications agencies founded by women

Blue North’s latest virtual event, How I Made It: Creatives will feature two communications agency CEOs at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Regina Carswell Russo, Founder and CEO of RRight Now Communications, and Shannan Boyer, President and Founder of Scooter Media Company, will share stories about building their companies from the ground up in this latest installment of organic conversational events...