CBC Blog

A Message from Pat Frew, Executive Director of the CBC

Posted: August 4, 2018

Thank you for attending the 2018 CBC Annual Dinner. We appreciate your support.  The mission of the CBC is to actively promote and build a positive business environment in Covington. The Dinner allowed us to tell the story about how we are fulfilling that mission through various projects. These funds also augment generous support from the Carol Anne and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. U.S. Bank Foundation. Examples of this work includes: 

* Leading an effort, along with financial support from Meet NKY and Southbank Partners, to fund an update of City Design Standards helping to accelerate more economic development in the Downtown Covington and Mainstrasse Districts. 

* Polling key businesses and nonprofits in both districts to ascertain additional services CBC can lead on their behalf 

* Continue litter and graffiti removal in the central business district on an ongoing weekly basis. 

* Purchasing, planting and caring for seasonal flowers along Madison Avenue in the Central Business District 

* Installing and maintaining lighting on the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in around the Third and Bakewell TANK stop creating a beautified and safer environment for one of the Transit Authority’s busiest stops in the system. 

* As well as our comprehensive ongoing networking (more than 100 events annually) and our advocacy programs, weighing in on important issues to business such as taxation, incentives and education. 

There has never been a stronger sense of collaboration among all the key stakeholders in Covington. We especially thank and appreciate The Catalytic Development Funding Corporation and President and CEO Jeanne Schroer, Executive Director Katie Meyer and the board of Renaissance Covington, President and CEO Eric Summe and Meet NKY, Jack Moreland, President, Southbank Partners, the Mainstrasse Village Association, the Latonia Business Association and Mayor Joe Meyer, City Manager David Johnston and Economic Development Director Tom West and various other key city staff. In our first ever CBC Annual Report, there is a connection in all our efforts that is helping the City realize its full potential. Thank you for your role in making our City a source of pride and admiration.




Getting to Know CBC Board Chair, Roger Peterman

Posted: July 17, 2018

The Covington Business Council is very proud of the dedication, leadership and support from our board of directors.  Throughout the year, we will publish Q&A interviews with our board members in a series titled, "Getting to Know..."  

My first interview is with Roger Peterman, the CBC Board Chair. 

Question:  Roger, tell me about your hometown and childhood.

Answer:  I grew up in Michigan.  Most of my childhood was spent in Romulus, but I graduated from high school in Southfield.   I attended college at the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship.  After graduating from UK College of Law, I decided to stay in Kentucky and I’ve never left!

Question:  You are a successful Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Covington.  How did you decide on a career in public finance law?

Answer:  I’ve always been interested in government. After law school, I was the Executive Director for KEDFA, Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.  I then worked for Peck Shaffer & Williams LLP, a public finance practice, which later merged into Dinsmore & Shohl.

Question:  What's the best advice you're been given?

Answer:  Ironically, actor Rob Reiner provided some very good advice.

 #1 Know when it’s over.  #2 Be thinking about what’s next.

Question:  You are very active in the NKY community and have served on numerous boards.  What excites you most about the CBC? 

Answer:  Covington is where it’s happening and it’s great to be right in the middle of it! The local businesses are engaged and excited to make Covington THE PLACE to be.

Question:  What books, movies, television shows have you read/watched in the past week?

Answer:  Most recently, I read a few Curious George and Berenstain Bear books to my grandchildren.   Other than children’s books, I read Relationship 101:  What Every Leader Need to know by John C. Maxwell.

Question:  Tell us something about you that few people know. 

Answer:  I am happily married my high school sweetheart.

Question:  What is next on your "to do list"? 

Answer:  I’d like to visit Italy because of its rich history, beautiful landscape and diverse cities.


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