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.
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.