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A group of prominent Northern Kentucky business and civic leaders recently created the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, a foundation that will focus on funding key community needs and programs in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

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Northern Kentucky organizations are partnering in projects to spark creativity, develop community and help local residents make home repairs and grow more of their own food. The Center for Great Neighborhoods awarded a grant to the digital branch of the Kenton County Public Library to create FORGE, a maker space and mini-library. The Center, Kenton County Public Library and Wolf Tree Farms are working together to offer free tool rentals to area residents for home improvement and gardening. 

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011-2015 American Community Survey, 18.5 percent of people in Kentucky live below the poverty level. One of the challenges to reducing poverty is for communities to provide access to affordable housing.

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Gateway Community and Technical College, founded in 2002, is Northern Kentucky's only public, accredited, comprehensive two-year institution. Last summer, Dr. Fernando Figueroa became Gateway's President and CEO, only the second in the school's history.

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A transportation research group is advocating for more spending for Kentucky's roads. TRIP says Kentuckians spend nearly $1,700 per driver on crashes, congestion-related delays and vehicle operating costs affected by road conditions. That adds up to $4 billion statewide.

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Daily stories of overdoses, deaths and efforts to reduce opioid addiction have made us all too aware of the continuing drug crisis taking place in Greater Cincinnati. 

The iconic 1960's rock musical Hair is the next production from The Footlighters in Northern Kentucky. 

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Last summer, Skyward released the myNKY plan, a five year strategic roadmap for the economic and social growth of Northern Kentucky. 

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Heroin abuse is becoming epidemic across the country, and the Northern Kentucky area has been particularly hard hit, experiencing a dramatic increase in those addicted to the drug and overdose deaths. Local communities, law enforcement, service agencies and medical professionals are collaborating on efforts to reduce heroin use, but there are different views on how best to combat the problem.

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Kentucky is currently ranked 47th out of 50 states in overall health. LiveWell NKY, a new community-wide initiative, is hoping to change this for Northern Kentucky residents. The initiative is being launched by Skyward, which is in charge of Northern Kentucky’'s strategic plan, myNKY.

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With the advent of affordable cars and improved roads, streetcars, once a prime form of public transit in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, came to the end of the line. Northern Kentucky’'s streetcar system closed in 1950. Cincinnati’'s in 1951.

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Homelessness is a serious and continuing problem in Greater Cincinnati, on both sides of the Ohio River. In 2013, the State of Kentucky ranked worst in the nation in the extent of child homelessness. And the number of sheltered individuals in Kenton, Boone and Campbell Counties increased by more than 60 percent in 2014.

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A new Northern Kentucky walking and biking trail is expected to ramp up economic development.

Governor Steve Beshear stood on the largely deserted Covington Landing when handing over a $4 million federal check Wednesday that will help pay for Riverfront Commons, an 11 mile walking and biking trail from Ludlow to Dayton and beyond.

  Last week, Vision 2015, the organization charged with developing and managing Northern Kentucky’s strategic plan, unveiled the myNKY plan, the region's blueprint for the next five years. Vision 2015 also announced a new name for the organization: Skyward

Here to discuss the myNKY plan and Skyward is William Scheyer, president of Skyward, formerly known as Vision 2015.

The Northern Kentucky river cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton are experiencing an urban revival with new residents and businesses moving into the city cores.

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