Kentucky governor's visit ushers in economic growth for Covington

COVINGTON, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear  came bearing early Christmas gifts for Northern Kentucky on Wednesday.

During a tour of the region, hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber, Beshear announced a $4.8 million Kentucky Career Center will be created in Covington. He also announced two businesses that will replace the space formerly occupied by Omnicare, which recently moved across the river to Cincinnati.

“This investment addresses a number of challenges for both the city and the state,” Beshear said of the career center. “It breathes new life into an area by revitalizing a vacant building and brings together multiple community partners to create a focal point for state and local education, training and employment programs.”

The new career center, created out of renovated buildings located at 1324 through 1414 Madison Avenue, will house 66 employees that facilitate all Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment services and community programs. Covington will own the 28,000 square foot property and lease it out to the state and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. The Brighton Center, Goodwill and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky will also sublease space in the structure. The consolidation of space will centralize services offered by each agency, compared to the current Kentucky Career Center located at 320 Garrard Street.

“This is not just a building that’s being renovated,” said Tom Zawacki, secretary of the Education Workforce Development Cabinet. “We are also modernizing the way we do business to be more costumer-centered.”

In addition to announcing the new career center in Covington, Beshear shared that Clear Measures and Xcelerated Learning Dynamics (XLD) will occupy 100 East RiverCenter Boulevard, the former home of OmniCare.

Clear Measure is a consolidation of dbaDirect of Florence, Ky. and Lucrum of Cincinnati headed by John Bostick, who is CEO and founder of both businesses.

“dbaDIRECT was actually born from Lucrum 14 years ago, when we saw a specific need for a laser-like focus on database and infrastructure support that made 24-7 monitoring, critical response and leveraged ownership of systems easier to understand, manage and budget.” Bostick said.

The new name, he added, reflects the new firm's mission “to clearly measure data and translate it into meaningful and impactful” ways. Clear Measures will bring 121 jobs to Covington.

XLD will bring 50 jobs to Covington over the next three years, Normand Desmarais, co-founder of XLD said.

“Xcelerated Learning Dynamics is transforming health care education and organizational performance by introducing a new model of learning that personalizes training to an individual based on their existing knowledge,” Desmarais said of his business.

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran said the move of two business and the opening of the career center mark a new era for the city.

“Covington’s renaissance is underway and our reputation as a technology hub in Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati region is exemplified by these two high-tech informatics companies who chose our city for their headquarters,” Charran said.

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