As Northern Kentucky Tri-ED wraps up its 23rd year, just what are we grateful for in Northern Kentucky? Well, too many items actually for this space, but I'll tick off a few…
Over 20 years ago, we did not have…
- The best corporate campus in the state, with Fidelity Investments' Midwest Regional Campus in Covington employing over 3,800 people;
- A surging riverfront in Newport and Covington, with more improvements forthcoming in Riverfront Commons as well as Dayton and Bellevue;
- Headquarters for Fortune 500 companies like Ashland Inc., Omnicare and General Cable, plus the regional HQ for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing N.A.;
- An expansive CVG airport operation with comprehensive infrastructural attributes, such as parallel triple runways and the new Security Checkpoint facility;
- The most effective Innovation and Commercialization Center in the state, with the Northern Kentucky ezone, a sparkling economic development marketing program, and a resourceful business retention and expansion program;
- A 14,000+ student, comprehensive regional university at Northern Kentucky University, boasting a renown College of Informatics, plus Gateway's Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness Center and Thomas More College, a Money Magazine "Best College Buy" opportunity; and
- An improved quality of life, featuring better health care, schools, parks, shopping and roadways ... all within just a 22-minute daily commute!
While challenges with the current national and regional economy abound, we do have much to be grateful for in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. We've helped build a resilient local economic base that is poised for even more fruitful years. Check out this Thrive newsletter and our archives to be further reminded of our "gratefulness." Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!
Daniel E. Tobergte, CEcD
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED