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Cleaning Up Covington

Ann Thompson
On Madison looking south to Sixth Street, flower pots line the streets. This addition combined with clean-up efforts are credited with helping to bring new business to Covington.

Covington is resurrecting its litter and graffiti removal program as the city continues to attract new development.

Beginning June 5, crews will concentrate on Rivercenter Boulevard  south to Seventh Street and Madison, Scott and Greenup south to Fifth. Since August, 80 oversized round and square planters have popped up along Madison Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Streets sprouting bright colored flowers.

"This is really important because we have to view Covington's downtown as looking at it as the way a visitor would. Because a visitor looks at us differently in the same way that somebody that might be unfamiliar with Covington might want to look at it as a place to locate a business, "says Covington Business Council Executive Director Pat Frew .

Frew says two other initiatives near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and secondary hotels will be announced soon.

Later this year Covington is expected to issue a report detailing the level of business investment since 2015. Frew says the levels are unprecedented in the city's 200 year history.

Recent central business district investments include the $21 million Hotel Covington, the $3.2 million Braxton Brewery, the $3.3 million Boone Block Condominiums and the $2.6 million Mutual Building renovation.

Frew also cites the $36 million investment by Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI) at RiverCenter. Coming next year is the $17 million Duveneck Square mixed use development along Pike Street.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.