By Kathie Stamps
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.
Estimated 2019 population: 92,732
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