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KY State Chamber elects new board chair; names NKY’s Colvin and McGraw to leadership positions

Two prominent Northern Kentuckians have been elected to leadership positions on the board of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, as the group also named a new board chair for the year. Garren Colvin, CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, has been elected Vice Chair of Membership and Business Services of the state Chamber. Candace McGraw, CEO of CVG, has been named chair of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. Garren...

Final orange beam put in place on Ovation’s 100k sq. ft. office building in Newport, new era underway

The final steel beam was raised on the Class A Office Building at Ovation, a 100,000 square foot building featuring plaza level retail. To celebrate this milestone, Corporex held a “topping out” ceremony for its latest addition to the Ovation development on Monday.   The ceremony began with opening remarks from Tom Banta, Managing Director of Corporex. Prior to the ceremony, local city and...

KY Chamber releases report outlining complexities of state’s workforce struggles and available remedies

To better understand the magnitude and complexities of Kentucky’s workforce struggles, as well as the policy remedies available to state leaders, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation has released a report “20 Years in the Making: Kentucky’s Workforce Crisis,” that details the Commonwealth’s long and short-term workforce issues and stresses the urgency of building a strong workforce to drive...

New partnership, $550,000 grant to help connect higher education to workforce needs in Kentucky

Complete College America (CCA) announced a $550,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to help equip Kentucky students to successfully transition from higher education into the workforce. In response to the statewide imperative for Kentucky’s colleges and universities to dramatically increase student success and eliminate attainment gaps, CCA will partner with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education...

Ovation office building to be celebrated with ‘topping out’ ceremony raising final steel beam on Monday

The final steel beam will be raised tomorrow on the Class A Office Building at Ovation, a 100,000-square-foot building featuring plaza level retail. Corporex will commemorate the “topping out” with a ceremony for its latest addition to the Ovation development at 3 p.m. at the site. Rendering of OVATION, completed The new Class A Office Building at Ovation is Phase II of the development, comprised...

Northern Kentucky Young Professionals to host 4th Bourbon and Boards event Oct. 18 at Covington Yard

Young professionals looking to give back to their local communities on a strategic level are invited to attend Bourbon & Boards, hosted by Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) on Monday, Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Covington Yard. In response to an increased interest from regional young professionals to join nonprofit boards and board training programs, NKYP is proud to organize the 4th Annual...

KY business, technology leaders discuss importance of ‘digital safety net’ amid COVID-19 and beyond

Small business advocacy group Connected Commerce Council (3C) hosted a virtual forum this week with Kentucky business and tech leaders and State Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer and about the importance of digital tools and platforms for small businesses during COVID-19. The virtual event, “Tech Forward Webcast: How Technology is Fueling Kentucky’s Recovery and Growing the Economy,”...

Keven Moore: Think your business is too small to catch an OSHA inspector’s attention? Think again

As a risk management and safety consultant, I’ve heard the common myth that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials can’t inspect companies with less than 10 employees. But this isn’t true. Yes OSHA is a small agency and I have heard that the odds of being randomly inspected by OSHA are once every 77 years, but that comes with some footnotes: • Number...

Making the largest economic development project in Kentucky’s history a reality was a long time coming

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The process that resulted in Monday’s announcement of Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation building two plants to manufacture electric vehicle batteries in Hardin County was a long time coming. “We’ve been fighting for this opportunity for months and months,” the governor told Kentucky Today. “It’s a process that has included the Cabinet for Economic Development;...

Covington schools solar energy project with Performance Services results in terrific cost savings

Since completing its energy savings project three years ago, Covington Independent Public Schools has saved over $818,000 in utility costs. The district’s project included: renovating building systems, converting its interior and exterior lights to LED high-efficiency lighting, and installing solar panels at two schools. Billed energy use has been dramatically reduced by 41.6 percent for 2020-21....

Homebuiliding rises nationally as lumber prices fall — but supply chain is still shaky

The Rural Blog “Homebuilders in the single-family construction market are feeling better, as lumber prices are way down from sky-high levels and buyer demand is growing,” Diana Olick reports for CNBC: “Builder sentiment rose 1 point in September to 76, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. It was the first increase in three months....

NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative Regional Summit set for Oct. 20, “Emerging into an Empowered Future’

The NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative’s sixth annual Regional Summit, sponsored by PNC. Taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center at Xavier University, the Women’s Initiative Regional Summit, sponsored by PNC is a unique event designed to support professional women of all career stages working toward business and professional success. The Schiff...

Chamber presents NKY Community Award to retired attorney Phil Schworer, a tireless volunteer

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored Phil Schworer on Thursday with the NKY Community Award, sponsored by Central Bank. NKY Chamber President and CEO Brent Cooper presented Schworer, who recently retired as an attorney at Frost Brown Todd, the award during Business After Hours, a networking event that focuses on bringing together members and future members of the NKY Chamber to develop...

Latest Ky. Chamber of Commerce economic report shows labor shortages, inflation stalling recovery

Kentucky’s economic recovery still has a long way to go, as labor force shortages and inflation create new challenges and threaten to stall forward momentum, according to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s new quarterly economic report. (Click for full report) Produced in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research, this new report marks the third...

Logistics firm Lighthouse Transportation plans relocation, expansion to new Covington location

Third-party logistics firm Lighthouse Transportation Services LLC plans to create 64 well-paying jobs for Kentuckians across the coming years thanks to the company’s strong growth in Covington. Having outgrown its current office space in Kenton County, Lighthouse leaders will relocate to a larger facility, at 722 E. Scott St. The move comes amid an overhaul to center Lighthouse’s services on technology,...