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Churchill Downs applies to bring $200M New Latonia Racing & Gaming thoroughbred facility to NKY

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Churchill Downs has announced plans to build a $200 million New Latonia Racing and Gaming Facility in Northern Kentucky. The historic twin spires of Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs has announced plans to build a new $200 million Latonia Racing and Gaming Facility in Northern Kentucky and has requested racing dates traditionally reserved for Turfway Park in...

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates advises SD1 on issuance of $99m refunding bond issue, saves $23m

Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1) ratepayers will save $23 million through the refinancing of a series of bond issues in a transaction structured by Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC (RSA). Cincinnati-based RSA served as the municipal advisor to SD1 on the refinancing of its outstanding Series 2009A, 2010A and 2010C Build America Bonds, which totaled $99,490,000. The Series 2019 bond, rated Aa2...

Keven Moore: What to do to reduce PTSD with first responders? Needs to be treated as workplace issue

In Covington, after 26 years of service, Assistant Chief Chip Terry went into a deep depression shortly after retirement. Everybody I have talked to who knew him has told me that he was a wonderful family man who loved his community and his children. But his service to the community took a toll on his life and in September 2017 he took his own life. In a speech that recapped his life at his retirement,...

AK Steel gives final notice to 260 employees at Ashland Works plant of plans to close Jan. 29

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A proud chapter of manufacturing history in northeastern Kentucky is coming to an end. AK Steel has sent out final notices to employees of the closure of its Ashland Works plant on Tuesday. It will affect some 260 employees. The closure comes as no surprise. AK Steel announced on Jan. 28, 2019 that the plant would be permanently shuttered by the end of 2019. Renee S....

Central Bank’s Luther Deaton stands up, stands out — and is ‘one-man force’ who was ‘built for banking’

By Craig Colgan ABA Banking Journal That day in 2018 was a grim moment for a proud Kentucky community. Before a cluster of TV cameras, a determined and resolute group stood together, proponents of a tax to raise $13.5 million to fund several major school-safety measures. Their message was simple: We need to address this right now. Two students at a nearby school district had been killed in a school...

BBB Trends: September is National Preparedness Month; are you ready? Here are some helpful tips

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Mass shootings. Tornadoes. Flooding. Now, hurricanes. It seems every community in our country has experienced some kind of disaster, tragedy or emergency event this year. We hear about them on the news and the question we always ask ourselves is: would we know what to do if that were to happen here in our home or in our community? National Preparedness Month,...

Butler and chefs Arens, Williams join forces to build new company; chefs to manage RiverCenter venues

Mitch Arens, Executive Chef of Coppin’s Restaurant and Stephen Williams, owner of Bouquet Restaurant in Covington have become investors in RiverCenter Entertainment Venues, LLC; the operator of three venues on the Plaza of RiverCenter in Covington — and will take over the operations of Fire, Biscuits to Burgers, and Butler’s Pantry.  Arens and Stephens are both renowned chefs who want more.  They...

Duke Energy crews dispatched to Hurricane Dorian storm areas ready to help with power restoration

(Note: Weather updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday) Duke Energy crews left Friday to head to Florida where they will be dispatched as needed to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian. About 40 vehicles from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana were in the caravan headed south. It included line crews traveling in bucket trucks, supervisors, damage assessors and fleet personnel. The crews will help with power restoration...

REDI Cincinnati hires Pastor as director of investor relations with eye towards financial future

The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati has added Carrie Pastor as director of investor relations to its team. Pastor In her new role, Pastor will cultivate relationships with new and existing REDI Cincinnati investors, help strengthen regional partnerships, and drive engagement to further the organization’s mission of aligning the region to compete globally. Most recently,...

Home Sales Up 7 percent in KY, biggest July on record; median home price holds at near-record level

Rising prices do not yet seem to be hampering home sales in Kentucky as the figure rebounded from a slight dip in June. Click to enlarge In July, 5,471 homes were sold, compared to 5,078 homes in July of 2018, a 7 percent increase. Year-to-date figures are also trending higher. So far in 2019, 30,863 homes have sold. This is up nearly 2 percent over 2018’s July YTD figure of 30,344 and just 87 homes...

NKY Chamber to honor Catalytic Fund’s Jeanne Schroer with Economic Development Award

The Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III Northern Kentucky Economic Development Award is presented annually by the NKY Chamber of Commerce to the individual, entity, company, or organization demonstrating significant advancement of economic development efforts in Northern Kentucky. This year’s recipient is Jeanne Schroer, President and CEO of the Catalytic Fund, a not-for-profit company that raised $12 million...

Chamber’s annual dinner to recognize region’s three Judges-Executive with its Unity Award

The Northern Kentucky Unity Award is presented by the Northern Kentucky Chamber to an individual or individuals who have shown leadership in bringing Northern Kentuckians together to address and solve common challenges and issues and who have shown leadership in seeking regional solutions to Northern Kentucky challenges.   This year’s recipients are the Northern Kentucky Judges-Executive Kris Knochelmann,...

KLH Engineers CEO Bob Heil named recipient of Chamber’s Walter Dunlevy Frontiersman Award



Bob Heil Established in 1968, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Walter R. Dunlevy Frontiersman Award recognizes an individual who has a lifelong history of outstanding service to the Northern Kentucky community, exhibits outstanding service to their profession or industry, and exemplifies the highest standards of personal integrity and family responsibility. This year’s recipient...

BBB Trends: With voice-activated devices, be careful what you seek, especially when you speak

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau It seems so easy to do: Tell Alexa to play your favorite song. Ask Siri about the weather. Use Google Assistant to turn down the air conditioner or dim the lights. But think twice before asking your smart device to look up a phone number, because it may accidentally point you to a scam.  Let’s say you’re looking for the phone number of a plumbing company...

NKY Chamber to host workshop on improving communication; NKITA session on trademark basics

 Business owners are busy and may not have time to research the best communication tools to take their organization to the next level. That’s why the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) is hosting “Tools for Becoming a Better Communicator” on Wednesday, September 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Glavic The session will be led by Jamie Glavic, Account Supervisor at Scooter Media....