Posted: November 21, 2018
Guest blog post is by Dan Hassert, Communications Manager for the City of Covington
Photo courtesy of Hassert Studios
COVINGTON, Ky. - The $875,000 reconstruction of the western entrance to Covington's riverfront to make it safer and more accessible to pedestrians took another leap of progress today in a very visible way.
Workers with Riegler Blacktop poured concrete today to form one side of the roadbed for the rebuilt Johnston Street as it turns the corner onto Third Street.
The project includes the full reconstruction of Johnson Street/Rivercenter Boulevard from Third Street east to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
The reconstructed road is being transformed from four lanes to three to accommodate a wider sidewalk on the south side, where the existing sidewalk was unusually narrow. The sidewalk on the north (and west) side has already been rebuilt. The project will also include new lighting and new storm drains to handle run-off from any future redevelopment of the nearby IRS site.
The corridor is an important connection between hotels to the west and a range of attractions to the east, including the Convention Center, restaurants and offices in the RiverCenter complex, the Roebling Point District, and the Roebling Suspension Bridge.
The goal, City officials have said, is to create a functional and appealing roadway, sidewalks and streetscape "that contribute to Covington's economic development and vitality."
In addition, the street should reopen to two-way traffic by end of year, weather dependent. Final touches including seeding will finish in spring.
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Posted: November 14, 2018
Respect, value, a sense of community, authentic leadership. Those were the resounding themes in describing a healthy work culture by a panel at the most recent Covington Business Council Nonprofit Lunch and Learn, in partnership with sponsor Von Lehman CPA & Advisory Firm.
The panel was comprised of Danielle Amrine, Executive Director, Welcome House; Ashley Simpson, HR Manager, ProLink Staffing and Karen Nelson, Director, Tier 1 Performance Solutions. All three companies made the 2018 Cincinnati Business Courier Best Places to Work List.
Amrine says Welcome House’s work culture is extremely important because they work with homeless women and families in crisis. “It’s a family (the employees). How do you treat one another. People are not in this line of work for the money.”
Nelson said, “Human beings like to belong, they like to fit in the work environment. Companies need to be clear about what ‘a fit’ is. (for instance) These are the characteristics of people who thrive here.”
Simpson says ProLink doesn’t boast robust employee benefits but differentiates by its transparent culture. “We ask them why they are here. What kind of relationship do you want with your manager? What are your goals? We look for people with positive energy.”
The group also talked about inexpensive to free perks they offer their workers. For Welcome House it’s a Fantasy Football League, an afternoon with rescue dogs and cats which are brought to the office or yoga/meditation classes. ProLink started a book club for managers. Tier 1 has social media groups for special hobby interests.
Finally the group talked about giving employers empowerment to do their work. Nelson described it best in how Tier 1 tries to achieve it. “Teams are trained to be self-directed. They like the latitude of doing it their own in reaching the desired outcome.”
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