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Regional Indicator Report on Transit Released

Posted by on November 9, 2015

The Connected Region, a  Regional Indicators Report, produced by Skyward, Agenda 360, The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and ULI acknowledges the strong relationship between a vibrant economy and a robust regional transit system. Whether it’s a critical support to connect people to jobs and greater self-sufficiency, or a preferred mode of travel for a young professional seeking to live without a car, transit matters.  Leveraging transit for economic prosperity requires crafting a vision of what could be and then building a plan to make it happen. Regions we compete with for people and jobs have used community-driven processes and innovative public-private partnerships to develop bold plans that complement and grow existing systems and introduce new modes of travel.

The report look not just at transit (scheduled bus and rail services) but also at multiple modes of travel that interact with public transit and that support a lifestyle that is less dependent on private cars for everyday needs and how investments in transit lead to more economic growth.

Dowload a full copy of the report here.


Learn More About the Transit Friendly Destination Program

Posted by on October 16, 2015

Representatives from Green Umbrella, Agenda 360, Skyward, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Metro and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) announced the launch of a new program, Transit Friendly Destinations.

The program, designed to encourage sustainable transportation habits, recognizes businesses, organizations, and locations that actively promote transit ridership for their employees, customers, and guests.

During the launch event inaugural Transit Friendly Destinations participants were announced.

Founding participants include Amazon, Citibank, Fifth Third Bank, Horseshoe Casino, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Gaslight, University of Cincinnati Engagement Program, Federal Home Loan Bank, Antonelli College and Santa Maria Community Services.

“Constructing predictable, reliable transit corridors was a community priority identified during the myNKY public engagement process,” said Bill Scheyer, President of Skyward. “Skyward is pleased to be a partner in the Transit Friendly Destination Program because we know that when individuals and organizations better integrate sustainable transit options into their culture, everyone wins.”

Businesses and organizations interested in becoming a Transit Friendly Destination are encouraged to visit the Green Umbrella website at www.greenumbrella.org to download an application. Destinations are scored on items such as bus pass subsidy opportunities, sidewalk accessibility, and availability of transit maps and schedules.

To learn more about the Transit Friendly Destination program, visit www.greenumbrella.org.

myNKY Wins Unity Award

Posted by on September 18, 2015

The NKY Chamber of Commerce awarded the myNKY plan powered by Skyward with the 2015 Unity Award, sponsored by PNC Bank.

The effort to create the myNKY strategic plan began with an in-depth public engagement process involving residents and businesses, as well as education, government, and civic leaders in order to develop a shared vision for our community and how it will evolve over the next five years. During a six-month engagement campaign, over 15,000 ideas were generated from the community. Narrowing the 15,000+ ideas into a succinct, actionable vision and agenda for the community was no easy task. A dedicated team of close to 30 professionals, representing a diverse constituent base, formed nine working groups who then engaged over 300 volunteers to craft the vision and focus areas of the myNKY strategic plan.


Our vision: Northern Kentucky is acclaimed for connecting education, business, wellness, and creativity in innovative, inclusive, productive ways. To accomplish this vision, the myNKY strategic plan highlights four equally important goals designed to work together for economic prosperity and civic progress – Jobs, Health, Vibrancy, and Education. Each goal is paired with specific strategies and measures for success.

– See more at: http://www.nkychamber.com/Blog/News/#sthash.z1v7UrgN.dpuf

Sign Up for NKY Thrives!

Posted by on August 9, 2015

NKY Thrives tells the Northern Kentucky story: a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, wonderful places to live, and the best places to work in the country.  Healthy, active people.  Educated and empowered youth.  Thriving business and career opportunities. A vibrant culture that energizes our community and brings us all together.  These are the elements that exemplify Northern Kentucky.  These are the topics NKY Thrives will cover.

Get NKY Thrives free in your inbox each month by signing up here.

NKY Thrives is a collaborative effort of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and Skyward and funded in part by the Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Content is created and managed in partnership with Soapbox Media.

I Made It NKY Campaign Launches

Posted by on July 29, 2015

The NKY Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition which Skyward participates in has launched an effort to recruit talent to manufacturing careers. Check it out www.ImadeItNKY.com

The campaign, fresh with the faces of millennials who work right now in Northern Kentucky companies, the new campaign resonates with individuals’ pride in their chosen careers. The campaign’s anthem is “I made it in NKY.”The $110,000 campaign includes extensive digital advertising, radio and TV commercials, advertising on TANK buses and Pandora Internet radio, as well as T-shirts, posters, and other materials. The campaign is launched by the Coalition, which is co-chaired by industry leaders and includes many regional entities involved in workforce development. It is supported with $80,000 in funding through a grant obtained by Gateway Community and Technical College.

The target of the initial campaign is 18- to 30-year-old men and women who live in the region. The campaign shows the pride of real people in that age group on the job at Northern Kentucky advanced manufacturing companies. The vibe of its “I Made It” anthem is reflected in their faces.

Reddy Wins Skyward Salutes Award

Posted by on July 17, 2015

Skyward is proud to recognize Sharmili Reddy with the first ever recipient of the Skyward Salutes Award. This honor is presented to a young professional who has showcased tremendous tenacity and dedication to the continued success and elevation of the Northern Kentucky region. Skyward presents this award on behalf of the community, expressing our gratitude for inspiring each and every one of us to set our sights high.

Sharmili was hired as the City Administrator for the City of Fort Mitchell, KY in May 2015 and in this role she oversees the day to day operations of the city. Previously, Sharmili worked as Planning Manager with the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County, an agency that provides planning services to 20 communities in Kenton County. She led the adoption of a new multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan for Kenton County, which involved working with elected officials from 20 jurisdictions, local agencies, business owners and residents. Sharmili’s role as planning manager was focused on county-wide projects and studies which brought the community together to set and work toward a common vision. She also served as a liaison to several non-profit organizations and public agencies.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sharmili’s volunteer contributions and activities are propelling Northern Kentucky to new heights.  She serves as the co-chair for the myNKY effort which focuses on setting a new strategic vision for Northern Kentucky, encompassing a nine-county area.  She is the immediate past chair of the Northern Kentucky Forum, a non-partisan, education-oriented effort to increase public affairs dialogues to the region. Sharmili also volunteers with the Gunpowder Creek Watershed group and assists with water sampling efforts.

Vision 2015 Rebrands As Skyward

Posted by on May 4, 2015

Why Skyward? It’s in the name: We’re going up. The myNKY plan is the first step in this journey. It will be the foundation for an even healthier, smarter, savvier, prosperous, and vibrant future for all of us.

How will we know that myNKY is successful?

Posted by on April 4, 2015

Healthy, active people. Educated and empowered youth. Thriving businesses and career opportunities. A vibrant culture that energizes our community and brings us all together. These are the elements that exemplify our success. You will read the specifics about the goals, tactics, and indicators for the myNKY 5-year plan being implemented by Skyward. As we implement the plan before us, the staff and volunteers of Skyward will keep an eye on the horizon to fuel progress over the long haul.