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Keven Moore: When events and festivals go horribly wrong — and they can; plan for all contingencies

Across America cities, counties, schools, businesses, committees, groups, nonprofit organizations…etc.; are actively planning and hosting events. These events can range from festivals, concerts, fairs, fundraisers, homecomings, pep rallies, car shows, parades, carnivals, parties, social events, auctions, ceremonies, …etc. and many will fail to recognize the unique risk exposures that each will...

VonLehman CPA elects Adam Davey next managing partner and CEO; succeeds Brian Malthouse

VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm has elected Adam Davey its next Managing Partner and CEO, effective January 1, 2022. Adam Davey Davey’s tenure will begin following the expiration of current Managing Partner Brian Malthouse’s term.

 “Adam epitomizes what it means to be a member of the VonLehman family,” said Malthouse. “He’s been with the company for nearly three decades, and he...

WYWQ*: Actually while the rest of us were cranking down, the NKY Chamber stayed cranked up

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor *While You Were Quarantined over the last several months, NKY life did go on, as best it could. Healthcare providers and first responders were still going to work, essential businesses were still trudging on. Some construction projects moved along. Some airplanes flew. People were working while social distancing, washing and sanitizing their hands — and trying...

CVG, NKY Chamber, Cincinnati Regional Chamber partner to gauge business community’s travel needs

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant decrease of global airline passenger travel demand. On average, airlines have reduced flight schedules by as much as 90% at most airports around the world. So the Greater Cincinnati International Airport is partnering with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber on a survey to gauge current travel needs. Click...

Corporex moving ahead on next phase of Ovation, the Homewood Suites hotel and office building

Corporex has announced plans for the elements that will comprise the next phase of Ovation. The latest addition to the multi-use project comprised of a hotel and office building is now in the final stages of design and development. The hotel, a 125-room Homewood Suites by Hilton will feature select suites with skyline views, expanded fitness area, and two bars – one located on the rooftop and the...

New life for ‘Pickle Factory’ in Covington; mostly hidden, long-vacant building on agenda for facelift

At various times during its 150-plus years of “life,” the somewhat hidden three-story brick building at 422 Madison Ave. has housed a soft drink factory, a steam dye company, and the African-American Odd Fellows fraternal organization. But now “the Pickle Factory” – the tenant for which it’s best known – is joining the growing list of long-vacant historic downtown...

Bridgeview Box Park at Newport on Levee is just the place for fun, relaxation and social distancing

By Tory McKinley NKyTribune intern Newport on the Levee launched an exciting new venture that will be sure to draw a lot of visitors during the summer months. The Bridgeview Box Park is located just steps from the Newport Aquarium offering unique places to dine and shop while still adhering to Governor Andy Beshear’s social distancing guidelines. As part of his Better Together program, this unique...

Keven Moore: Plenty of summertime driving hazards — construction, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians

In the winter, many of us associate the season with risky driving conditions. However as the season changes, it’s important to note that the summer months have their own unique risks exposures.  Summer is the season for road construction to out-of-town recreational vehicles to drivers pulling boats and campers, motorcycles, bicyclists, and more pedestrians are out and about. These summertime hazards...

COVID-19 effects on Kentucky housing market not as dire as expected; April sales drop 12.5 percent

The effect of COVID-19 on the housing market in Kentucky was finally seen in the April statistics as a 12.5 percent drop in homes sold. A total of 3,748 closings took place in April, down from 4,281 in April 2019. Housing market experts have been predicting a nationwide dip in sales for 2020 of about 10 percent. Nationwide existing-home sales dropped 17.8 percent from March to a seasonally adjusted...

Pam Goetting named SVP, Director of NKY Region, for Heartland Bank which acquired Victory bank

Heartland BancCorp, parent company of Heartland Bank, has announced that Pamela Goetting has joined Heartland Bank as SVP, Director of the Northern Kentucky Region. In this new leadership role, Goetting will oversee the retail, commercial banking, residential mortgage and treasury management operations at all three branch offices recently acquired in the Victory Community Bank merger. Pam Goetting “We...

Kentucky licenses 960 hemp growers 150 processor, handlers for 2020, 4.6m sq.ft. of greenhouse space

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has licensed 960 hemp growers to grow up to 32,000 acres and 150 hemp processors and handlers for 2020 and has also licensed 4.6 million square feet of greenhouse space for production. 
Of the 960 licensed growers, 157 have not requested growing sites, but intend to store hemp from last year’s harvest for marketing in 2020. The...

Majority of Kentucky REALTORS say buyers are starting to return to market, says HousingIQ survey

Nearly three out of five Kentucky REALTORS® – 61% – said their sellers were holding back listings due to current economic uncertainty, according to the May 2020 edition of the HousingIQ Survey of Kentucky REALTORS®. Nearly 60% of the 374 REALTORS® from across Kentucky reported that their buyers had started to return to the market. ”Home prices are gaining due to tight inventories that have...

St. E. Healthcare named Care Continuum Center of Excellence by GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has been named a Care Continuum Center of Excellence (CCCOE) by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. With this designation, St. Elizabeth becomes one of more than 30 community hospitals recognized by the GO2 Foundation for providing patient-focused, comprehensive multidisciplinary lung cancer care. To qualify for CCCOE status, a community hospital must meet rigorous qualifying...

State unemployment rates soar in all 120 Kentucky counties due to COVID-19 pandemic

Unemployment rates soared in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2019 and April 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Clinton County recorded the lowest jobless rate in Kentucky at 8.4 percent, up from 6.4 percent in March. It was followed by Carlisle County, 8.7 percent; Cumberland County, 10.1 percent;...

New report shows small businesses are optimistic about reopening, empowered by digital tools

A report released by the Connected Commerce Council (3C), in partnership with Google and conducted by LRWGreenberg, finds small businesses are optimistic about reopening their businesses, empowered and fortified by digital tools and services, and resilient in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Digitally Empowered: How Digital Tools Power Small Businesses Amid COVID-19 found that during the COVID crisis...