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Campbell County | Infrastructure, innovative education, shopping galore

By Kathie Stamps

Northern Kentucky University is always busy making
great strides into the future in Campbell County’s
Highland Heights.

Campbell County’s long-anticipated Route 9 extension project in Newport, a 1.4-mile road with two lanes in each direction, opened in October 2018, completing a multiyear $45 million project. It created a long-sought four-lane link between I-275 in Wilder, Ky., and downtown Cincinnati, opening a large swath of land for development and redevelopment in Newport and Wilder along the Licking River.

In Highland Heights, a new $105 million Health Innovation Center opened in late 2018 at Northern Kentucky University. Near the NKU campus, ground was broken for a 65,000-s.f. medical office building thanks to a collaborative effort among St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the City of Highland Heights, Campbell County, NKU, OrthoCincy and developer Fairmount Properties. The medical building is the first phase of a Town Center mixed-use project that will soon include restaurants, retail space, a hotel and apartments.

In Bellevue, one of the largest adaptive re-use projects in Northern Kentucky’s urban core is taking place with the $10 million Kent Lofts, a project turning the Kent Industrial Warehouse building into 60 upscale loft-style housing units. Bellevue is just a mile and a half away from the vibrant Newport on the Levee with its shops, restaurants and nightspots.

Residents and businesses throughout Campbell County enjoy proximity to the Ohio River. Big business also calls the county home, including General Cable’s headquarters.

Estimated 2019 population: 92,732

Households: 35,954

Median household income: $56,772

Chamber of Commerce: Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, nkychamber.com

County Seats: Alexandria, Mayor Andrew Schabell, alexandriaky.org; and Newport, Mayor Jerry Peluso, newportky.gov

Judge-Executive: Steve Pendery, campbellcountyky.org

Economic Development Authority: Campbell County Economic Progress Authority Inc.; Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED), northernkentuckyusa.com