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NKY fares well in state budget expected to pass; Cov research lab, Brent Spence survive — and more

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter With this year’s Kentucky General Assembly winding down, state lawmakers on Tuesday approved money for a startup life science research lab in Covington, the Brent Spence Bridge project, and full-day kindergarten, raised salaries for state workers, and changed the state’s income tax. Wednesday is the scheduled last day to pass bills in the 2022 law-making session. ...

NKY Chamber announces 2022 Business Impact Award finalists; awards program is May 3

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) announced the finalists for its annual Business Impact Awards to be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Each year, the NKY Chamber recognizes local business leaders and innovators – small and large, new and long-standing – that are positively impacting the Northern Kentucky Metro through innovation,...

Kentucky Senate’s two-year state budget earmarks $15 million for proposed research lab in Covington

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter The Kentucky Senate approved a two-year state budget Wednesday that contains $15 million for a proposed life science research lab in Covington, a project designed to make Northern Kentucky a focal point of life-saving biotechnology research. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer was elated by the Senate action. “We’re delighted that the Senate sees the merit of this project,”...

Renaissance Covington seeking proposals for new mural celebrating innovation in Northern Kentucky

Renaissance Covington has issued a request for proposals for a new collaborative mural in downtown Covington, as part of the organization’s work to enhance the vibrancy of Innovation Alley. The alley and its surrounding areas have been home to a variety of start-ups, including Gravity Diagnostics, Bexion Pharmaceuticals, and a number of existing Covington small businesses. As it stands today, the...

What’s the fate of the $10 million proposed (hoped for) life science research lab in Covington?

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter All three state representatives – two Republicans and one Democrat — who represent Covington in the Kentucky General Assembly back the city’s request for $10 million to build a life sciences research lab and are hopeful that politics will not get in its way. The final decision by the state legislature on whether or not Covington will get the state money may...

O’Rourke Wrecking Company to perform demolition of IRS facility in Covington; work to begin in March

Almost 55 years after it opened and 2½ years after it closed, the sprawling IRS data processing facility will soon cease to exist. The Covington Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 this week to hire O’Rourke Wrecking Company of Cincinnati to demolish the sprawling one-story “Flat Top” complex, rip up the asphalt and concrete pavement laid throughout its 23 acres, and remediate environmental problems...

Amid massive challenges, City of Covington moved forward in 2021 — ‘What a year’ it was!

City of Covington  As an exclamation, the phrase “What a year!” can, alternately, ooze vibes both negative and positive. … so it was during 2021 in the City of Covington. The Roebling Bridge The year that just passed posed challenges galore, from Brood X cicadas to the variants Delta and Omicron, from the daily fight for survival for small retailers and restaurants to pain-in-the-bottleneck...

Legislators can ‘help us change world,’ say experts; ‘R&D lab critical to attracting biotech startups’

By Tony Remington, Gravity Diagnostics, Tim Schroeder, CTI, and Ray Takigiku, Bexion Special to NKyTribune With a single investment, the Kentucky General Assembly has an opportunity this legislative session to change the course of the world. Ray Takigiku The future of medicine hinges on innovation by companies focusing on cell and gene therapies and the advancements that can be made with those technologies....

House passes $64B budget, leaving $1.14B unspent; does not include Covington’s life sciences funding

Staff report Kentucky’s Republican-led House passed by an 85-to-8 vote its own version of a new two-year $65 billion state budget which goes to the Senate for consideration. It leaves $1.14 billion unallocated and there are hints of tax cuts. The final version will be hashed out by conferees from both chambers, but the Senate is now clearly in the driver’s seat. A key piece of funding is...

Gov. Beshear gives State of Commonwealth address, says ‘strong state’ moving forward despite disasters

Gov. Andy Beshear gave his third State of the Commonwealth address, noting this year’s speech feels both the toughest – as the state faced the most deadly tornado outbreak, numerous natural disasters and a worldwide pandemic – and the most exciting, because of the state’s record-breaking job growth and economic investments. The Governor said, even through these losses and the pain we carry...

Thomas More University joins effort to encourage STEM preparation for minority students

Thomas More University has joined over 20 local organizations as a member of the Dr. James E. Randolph Medical, Healthcare, and Scientific Leadership Program. The goal of the program is to inspire Black students in Northern Kentucky to become professionals in medical, healthcare, and scientific settings through academic enrichment, leadership development, civic engagement, and mentoring. The University...

Omicron variant shows up in state, including Kenton, Campbell counties; Governor urges masks

Gov. Andy Beshear urged rigorous masking in schools and workplace settings after testing confirmed the fast-spreading COVID-19 omicron variant in multiple Kentucky counties, including Kenton and Campbell. “This thing is going to spread so fast that any school that is not doing mandatory masking, any business that is not having their folks wear masks could see entire schools, entire shifts get infected...

Boone, Kenton and Campbell reach 60% vaccine milestone; Beshear touts boosters for those eligible

Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties are among 11 Kentucky counties that have reached the milestone of at least 60% of residents receiving at least their first dose of a COVID vaccine. The other counties are Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Perry, Scott and Woodford. Gov. Beshear at Monday’s press conference. The number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky...

Northern Kentucky Chamber names new board and officers; Garren Colvin to serve as board chair

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has named its 2021/2022 Board of Directors and officers, including new Board Chair Garren Colvin, who will serve a two-year term. Serving as President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare – Northern Kentucky’s largest employer – since June 2015, Colvin will succeed HSD Metrics CEO Dan Cahill. Under Colvin’s leadership, the NKY Chamber Board...

REDI Cincinnati names 14 companies as finalists for its annual James Wuenker Growth Awards

REDI Cincinnati announced 14 companies within the Cincinnati region as finalists for its 2020 James A. Wuenker Growth Awards. Winners of the award will be announced and recognized at REDI Cincinnati’s upcoming virtual annual meeting on March 31. The James A. Wuenker Growth Awards recognize the most consequential projects announced in the previous year that have made a significant economic impact...