Northern Kentucky Forum
Homelessness: Examining causes, finding solutions
About this event:
Marianne Scott, Human Services Specialist, Northern Kentucky Area Development District, will present an overview of homelessness in our region. A panel discussion will follow. Panelists will include:
- Kevin Finn, President & CEO, Strategies to End Homelessness
- Kim Webb, Executive Director, Emergency Shelter of NKY
- Linda Young, Executive Director, Welcome House
- Kelly Blevins, homeless education coordinator, Kenton County School District
When and Where:
When: Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Where: Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Street, Covington, KY 41011
WCPO Insider is our media partner for the event. WCPO Insider reporter Lucy May will moderate the discussion.
I Count Because I Vote
About this event: Are young people voting? Why or why not? Are states expanding or contracting voting rights and access? Dr. Michael McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project spoke on these and other voting issues and trends in America. Dr. McDonald is one of the nation's leading scholars and commentators on voting demographics as well as on trends affecting voting access. After his remarks, he was joined virtually (from NYC) for a Q&A by Ari Berman, a contributing editor at The Nation and author of a new book on the Voting Rights Act, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.
When: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (doors open at 8:45 a.m.)
Where: METS Center
3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY 41018
Made in NKY: Manufacturers Recruiting for High-Tech Career Pathways
About this event: There are high-paying, challenging jobs going unfilled in Northern Kentucky as the advanced manufacturing sector expands. Our public education institutions, including our high schools, Gateway Community & Technical College, and Northern Kentucky University, are committed to preparing students for the sector. And a new campaign by Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition aimed to educate the public about the opportunities for jobs and careers. This Forum looked at the sector and the local effort to meet its needs. The forum taught how different a 21st Century “factory” job is from its 20th Century counterpart.
When and where: Monday, September 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Mazak Corporation auditorium, Florence Kentucky.
What’s next for Vision 2015: A Closer Look at Skyward
About this event: In addition to being a foundational partner in the Northern Kentucky Forum, Vision 2015 has led the community in collectively thinking about the region’s progress. With the year 2015 upon us, Vision 2015 has pushed the reset button through a community engagement process, myNKY, designed to listen to thousands of voices about what should come next. The result is a rebranded organization. Vision 2015 is now Skyward.
When and where: Tuesday, July 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Northern Kentucky University Digitorium in Griffin Hall.
Northern Kentucky’s next strategic plan, myNKY, was compiled from a public engagement process and released this summer. You can read the entire plan online at myNKY.
CAFÉ WITH KRIS: A Conversation with Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann
Date & Time: June 28, 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Venue: Gateway Community & Technical College Innovation and Enterprise Center in downtown Covington
About this event: The Northern Kentucky Forum launched a new, café-style format for discussion of public affairs earlier this summer. This is the second in that series, and featured Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann, who discussed challenges facing Kentucky’s third largest county.
Media Coverage: WVXU Cincinnati Edition
CAFÉ WITH TREY: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE 2015 GUBERNATORIAL RACE
About this event: On May 22, 2015, at The Gruff, in Covington, former Kentucky secretary of state and U.S. Senate candidate Trey Grayson (the current president & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce) dissected the results of the Kentucky gubernatorial primary and looked ahead to the General Election in November.
WOMEN AND KENTUCKY'S HISTORY: A NEW FILM
About this event: On May 6th, 2015, Filmmaker Michael Breeding’s newest documentary is “Dreamers & Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women.” The film is a guided tour through the many contributions of Kentucky women to commonwealth’s civic good. Former governor Martha Layne Collins (1983-1987) is among the film’s narrators. She joined us afterward for conversation and reflection. The Kentucky Commission on Women supported this film’s creation.
TO PROTECT AND SERVE? COMMUNITY/POLICE RELATIONS IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Date & Time: April 16, 2015, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Venue: Joseph U. Meyer Center for Workforce Development
About this event: On April 16, at Joseph U. Meyer Center for Workforce Development Center in Covington, the Forum hosted a discussion asking: What does a healthy community-police relationship look like? Panelists included Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey
CVG'S FUTURE: UP IN THE AIR?
On March 10 at the NKU Met's Center in Erlanger, the Forum hosted a discussion of the CVG airport's impact on the region including destinations, ticket prices, number of flights, jet noise, etc. The panel included Kris Knochelmann, Kenton County judge-executive; Todd Portune, Hamilton County commissioner; Barbara Schempf, CVG VP for planning & development; and Johnna Reeder, president & CEO, REDI Cincinnati. Moderator: James Pilcher, reporter, the Cincinnati Enquirer.
- Video coverage of the Forum
- Media partner, Cincinnati Enquirer's, event coverage
- Public opinion survey results
- WVXU podcast
A LOOK AHEAD AT THE 2015 KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
On Jan. 22 at the Campbell County Administrative Building in Newport, the Forum hosted a discussion of state legislative issues for 2015. Four lawmakers from Northern Kentucky participated: Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, and Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Lakeside Park. Michael Monks, editor-in-chief and publisher of Covington-based the River City News was the moderator. The event continued a Forum tradition of beginning each year with a look ahead at issues pending in Frankfort.
About this event: For the past five years, the Forum has hosted a preview of the legislative session and the issues confronting our state lawmakers. A panel of state representatives and senators from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties will discuss the upcoming session and take your questions.
A KENTUCKY FAMILY’S VIEW OF PUBLIC SERVICE
On Dec. 4 at NKU’s Student Union Ballroom, former Kentucky governor John Y. Brown Jr., his son, John Y. Brown III, and his grandson, John Y. Brown IV, reflected on their family’s longstanding commitment to public service – and urged the audience to trust the democracy. As Brown Jr. put it, paraphrasing Sir Winston Churchill, “It is the worst form government except for all others.
WHAT’S UP WITH TEXAS?
On Dec. 5 at NKU’s METS Center in Erlanger, a panel of economic experts discussed our region’s economic competitiveness, framed against the sustained job, population and investment growth in Texas. Why are 1 in 3 new jobs moving to Texas? No one factor explains that, the panel agreed, but knowing our region’s unique assets, revisiting our tax structure and continuing to invest in education will make us more competitive.
REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY
HOW CAN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN KENTON COUNTY BEST WORK TOGETHER? In April 2010, the Northern Kentucky Forum coordinated a discussion with local public officials, seeking their thoughts on how the 19 cities in Kenton County and county government might work best together. That discussion catalyzed the formation of a citizens group, the Kenton County Government Study Group, to examine the current governing structure. The Study Group’s report, Kenton County Together: A Call to Action, was released last fall. On July 16, 2014, the Forum held a follow-up discussion on this topic.