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Northern Kentucky Tri-ED President Dan Tobergte announces retirement after 28-year career

Daniel E. Tobergte, J.D., CEcD, announced Friday that he is ending his 28-year tenure with the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation effective August 2 to pursue new opportunities. Tobergte commenced his work as a Vice President with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as Senior Vice President, rising to Executive Vice President in 1999 and as President/CEO from November 2004 until...

Kentucky chosen for prestigious entrepreneurship development program — MIT REAP

Kentucky has been chosen as one of nine regional members in the 6th Cohort of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program. MIT REAP, an initiative of MIT Sloan Global Programs, is an intensive process designed to engage partners from throughout the state in developing a plan to support entrepreneurs. “We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Luke...

Amazon names 20 finalists for HQ2, Cincinnati/NKY, not on the list; Columbus, OH, Indianapolis are

Amazon has announced 20 finalists to be the host region for its second world headquarters, HQ2 and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky was not among those chosen, but Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis did make the cut. There was a strong presence of cities/regions in the Midwest and on the East Coast, with Denver and Los Angeles the only U.S. locations west of the Rockies named as finalists. Amazon accepted...

ABB Optical Group announces plans for new $27 million Northern Kentucky distribution center

ABB Optical Group, a distributor of optical products, has chosen Florence for its new distribution center and optical laboratory. The company plans to invest as much as $27 million in the project, which is expected to create up to 223 full-time jobs. “To better serve our customers, we are expanding our footprint in the central part of the United States,” said Brad Weinbrum, president of ABB Optical...

Food production among the top growth industries in Northern Kentucky region, study says

By Liz McEwan NKY Thrives Northern Kentucky Tri-ED recently released its Target Industry Analysis, identifying food production as one of the top growth industries in the region. NKY Tri-ED supports companies in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties as they pursue expanding and enhancing operations in the region. The organization also works to attract new businesses to the region. Tri-ED’s Target Industry...

A River Runs through It: Prime acreage
on two riverfronts is N. Ky. ‘goldmine’

Newport’s riverfront includes the popular Newport on the Levee, the Purple People Bridge on the left and the new Riverwalk which will eventually connect six Northern Kentucky communities from Ludlow to Dayton (Kentucky). (Photo from NKy Tri-Ed/Facebook)   By Nicole Rupersburg Special to KyForward   For decades – even centuries – riverfront real estate in cities from New York to...

Judy Clabes: ‘myNKY’ campaign, survey, game focused on community strategic plan

  Great communities don’t happen by accident. They require a plan shaped by the hopes, dreams, wants and needs of the community.– myNKY.org   An ambitous 40-page blueprint for Northern Kentucky’s future published in 1996 was the result of months and months of community discussions and focus groups and gatherings – a tribute – not to a political process – but to the...

Newly Weds Foods will create 115 jobs, invest $57 million in Northern Kentucky facility

  Newly Weds Foods – an international manufacturer and distributor of food ingredients – will launch a regional food production facility in Northern Kentucky, with plans to create 115 jobs and a $57 million investment, officials have announced.   “We’re proud to welcome Newly Weds Foods to Northern Kentucky and the Commonwealth. Soon more retail products on grocery store...

Reds’ Castellini turns tables on students, shows why he’s a ‘Master Entrepreneur’

By Amy Elliott Bragg Special to KyForward   When Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini spoke at Northern Kentucky University’s Entrepreneurship Institute recently, students there were nervous but prepared. They had an extensive list of questions and a choreographed order in which they would speak. They had all but practiced their handshakes.    Bob Castellini (Photo provided) They were...