Kentucky is a great place to start and grow a business and a career, says Cooper

From Transform, a publication of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business & Economics

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"Lisa Cooper knows the state is an attractive option for companies scouting to set up shop. now in her fourth year as Executive Director of the NKADD, she sees Kentucky moving ahead across the board economically, with placements of large industries in rural counties, such as North American Stainless in Carroll County, as well as an influx of IT, healthcare and logistics, plus advanced manufacturing. Known as "The Golden Triangle," the eight counties served by NKADD reflect the diversity of the rest of the state's economic makeup. 

In August the Lane Report named Cooper as one of 2015's "Top Women in Business." She oversees seven directors across the NKADD who manage 93 employees. One of the most important things her group did to improve the region's economy was to develop "more ways to be transparent and accountable without impacting services."

"We did a close examination of our agency to make sure we were not getting bogged down by red tape. We streamlined staff with reporting and a community-based approach to what we are doing," she said. 

"For example, someone getting Meals on Wheels has no idea we operate a career center and assist with getting people employed. So suppose they have a son who lost his job and moved in with them. We want to help them. They can use our resources to get their son hooked up with the career center," Cooper says. If he finds a job, he moves out of their house, which has a ripple effect, she adds. 

Her approach has resulted in stronger relationships with people who are the "end users" of their services, leading to growth in community and workforce development across the area."


Cooper notes that "the job of all alumni" is to encourage new Gatton graduates to stay and invest in their communities. 

"We train incredible people at Gatton," she says. "We need to really rally around folks that are going through the university as students. Kentucky is a great place to start and grow a business and a career."

Job Opportunity - Part Time Fire/Rental Inspector

We are currently seeking a Part Time Fire/Rental Inspector to join our Fire Department Team.

Job Title: Part Time Fire/Rental Inspector
Department: Fire Department
Salary: $20.50/Hourly

The Part Time Fire/Rental Inspector will provide field enforcement of existing fire, housing, property maintenance and building codes; inspect existing building and structures to determine compliance with the adopted codes and approved plan; determine deficiencies relative to fire/housing/building codes and prepare concise, narrative reports and give testimony at appeals hearings and court actions, re-inspect buildings and structures to determine compliance and correction of deficiencies. Carry out the City’s Fire and Rental Inspection Program.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Resumes will not be accepted without an On-Line Application

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Director, Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District, a regional local government/non-profit agency, is seeking a qualified individual on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy for the position of Director. The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy provides advisory and project management services to the Fiscal Courts of Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties and other organizations as directed. The Director of this Office will pursue a work agenda as set forth by the Judge/Executives of the Counties, and will make reports as requested to the Fiscal Courts on progress made toward the realization of the work agenda. The Director will also serve as a liaison to community organizations involved in this effort and to other elected officials serving the Counties, as well as the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

The ideal candidate must have excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication abilities. Desired candidate will also have strong project management, presentation, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Public speaking, ability to meet deadlines, and capacity to successfully collaborate with partner agencies necessary. Knowledge of substance abuse issues, concerns, and impacts on individuals and the community beneficial.

Salary $60,000 - $75,000 DOQ. Position is up to a 12 month provisional appointment as a contract employee.

Responsibilities of the Office
• Oversee the implementation of initiatives supported by the Counties.
• Coordinate analyses of substance abuse data, research, and information as requested to improve and enhance communications, decision making and planning.

Strategic Planning
• Continue to develop the Counties’ Plan for addressing substance abuse to include the continuum of prevention to treatment consistent with evidence-based best practices.
• Coordinate the efforts of the Counties’ agencies to implement the Plan.
• Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services within the Plan
• Make recommendations to the Counties regarding the best investment of existing resources to advance the Plan.

Policy Activities
• Assist in developing a substance abuse policy agenda that supports the mission and goals of the Counties.
• Represent the Counties as the point of contact for state and national policy related to substance abuse.
• Monitor the progress of proposed legislation.
• Analyze the implications of federal, state and local substance abuse policies, provide analysis to the Counties and share findings with other advocates when appropriate.

• Represent the Counties at Heroin Impact Response Team (“HIRT”) meetings, and maintain ongoing communications between the Counties and HIRT.
• Cultivate and manage effective working relationships with public officials at the state and federal levels, community leaders, and leaders of health service providers.

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Margaret Bowling, Northern Kentucky Area Development District, 22 Spiral Drive, Florence, KY 41042.  Fax to (859) 283-8178 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Position open until filled.  EOE.  TDD 711

City of Newport Lists Job Openings

The City of Newport has the following two job openings: 

Assistant to the City Manager 

This is a full time position with a starting salary of $72,500 including full benefits plus Kentucky Retirement Systems (CERS).  Should any current City of Newport Employee be qualified and interested or know of a qualified and interested candidate please contact Terry Fornash @ 655-6349 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Deadline date for is Friday, April 1, 2016.




CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POSITION:  This is an administrative position that will assist the City Manager with the operations of City Government and involves the recruitment and retention and/or expansion of new and existing businesses within the City. The person in this position receives limited direction and supervision and reports directly to the City Manager.



  • Responsible for overseeing the liaison functions, (ie. Ambassador Program, Recreation Commission, Citizen Boards, etc.);
  • Will represent the City Manager at various meetings;
  • Responsible for assisting the City Manager in labor negotiations;
  • Responsible for reviewing and following through on citizen complaints;
  • Responsible for preparing the City Newsletter on a semi-annual basis;
  • Responsible for preparing an annual report on the activities of the City;
  • Will work with the Community Services Director on a Comprehensive Plan to identify and fund an on-going street maintenance and replacement program;
  • Responsible for performing an annual inspection on all City Facilities with the Community Services and Code Enforcement Directors;
  • Will assist in the budget preparation;
  • Responsible for the City Phone System;
  • Represent the City at Southbank meetings;
  • Responsible for preparing and monitoring a calendar of all City functions and meetings;
  • Will assist in the formation of the agenda;
  • Responsible for reviewing of various policies and ordinances with the City Attorneys on an on-going basis and recommending changes as needed;
  • Responsible for assisting the City Manager and the Department Heads in the formulations of annual goals and work plans;
  • Responsible for conducting research at the direction of the City Manager;
  • Will serve in the capacity of the City Manager in his absence;
  • Responds to requests for information and works closely with businesses interested in locating in the City;
  • Responds to requests for information and works closely with existing businesses that are interested in expanding their operations within the City;
  • Develops and maintains a list of preferred types of businesses for various locations within the City;
  • Prepares and maintains a comprehensive list of available buildings and sites suitable for commercial purposes within the City;
  • Aggressively pursues businesses and/or developers that fit the desirable criteria and the available buildings and/or sites within the City;
  • Develops business loans and incentive programs to be offered to prospective new businesses or existing business expansions;
  • Works with other City employees as well as State and Federal employees to access various grants and/or loans to compliment and assist prospective developments and expansions;
  • Works with consultants of all types in the preparation of various reports pertaining to business expansion and/or development;
  • Coordinates and expedites information flow to businesses and/or developers regarding taxes, utilities, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, etc;
  • Facilitates communications between businesses and/or developers and financial institutions, private investors and/or governmental agencies;
  • Makes presentations to boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public;
  • Makes progress reports to the City Manager on a regular basis;
  • Appears for work and completes assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time;
  • Works in a safe manner observing all safety rules and poses no significant risk to the health and safety of others.



  • Performs additional duties as required.



  • Must be a graduate from a four-year college or university with a minimum of a bachelors degree in public administration or urban planning, business, economics, marketing, finance or a related field and two years of related experience;
  • Or any equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Considerable knowledge of business development;
  • Working knowledge of municipal zoning regulations;
  • Working knowledge of planning programs and processes;
  • Working knowledge of construction/engineering terminology;
  • Good negotiations skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing with developers, architects, contractors, financial institutions and the general public.



  • Must be bondable.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid vehicle operator’s license.



  • Ability to communicate effectively and prepare reports requiring writing, reading, mental reasoning and interpretation;
  • Ability to operate modern equipment using hands and fingers.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds as required;
  • Work is typically performed in an office setting at a desk or table with intermittent standing or stooping;
  • Outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites.



 Seasonal Laborer Position


This is a seasonal position with a starting salary of $12.00 per hour from April 2016 through September 2016. Should any City of Newport Employee be qualified and interested or know of anyone qualified and interested please contact Terry Fornash @ 655-6349 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Deadline date is Friday, March 25, 2016.





CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JOB: This is a seasonal position in the Code Enforcement Division. An employee in this position is responsible for maintaining City property. Reports directly to the Code Enforcement Director.



·         Responsible for daily maintenance of City owned property;

·         Responsible for completing work orders from Code Enforcement Officer;

·         Responsible for property maintenance required for city owned facilities (mow grass, trim, weed, plant, water, clean up, board up vacant properties, securing of buildings and removal of garbage);

·         Appears for work and completes assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time;

·         Works in a safe manner, observing all safety rules, and poses no significant risk to the health and safety of others.



·         Performs additional duties as required.



·         Experience in the performance of various manual labor, repair, and maintenance activities;

·         Experience and/or training in the operation of commonly used power tools and heavy machinery implements.



·         Ability to perform manual labor duties, for extended periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions;

·         Ability to work with dangerous machinery and sharp tools;

·         Ability to safely operate heavy equipment including a dump truck;

·         Ability to safely operate large and small power tools such as chain saw, circular saw and drill;

·         Ability to perform tasks requiring use of manual tools such as hand saw, post hole digger, sledgehammer, etc.;

·         Ability to complete simple and routine tasks without close supervision;

·         Knowledge of occupational hazards and proper safety precautions;

·         Knowledge of some basic principles regarding the construction, maintenance, repair and landscapes

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other governments and agencies, city officers, employees and general public.



·         Possession of a valid vehicle operators license;

·         Must be a U.S. Citizen or have a permanent residence status (green card);

·         Possession of, or the ability to obtain any license(s) deemed appropriate or necessary for the successful completion of job tasks.



·         Ability to lift 50-100 pounds chest high, often, and occasionally above head, while walking, climbing, pushing, and/or pulling;

·         Ability to lift in excess of 100 pounds chest high occasionally;

·         Work is often performed out doors, including periods of inclement weather, with exposure to varying noise levels, fumes, dust, and odors

·         Ability to deal courteously with the general public;

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other city agencies and departments, city officers, employees and the general public.




Contact Information

Northern Kentucky Area Development District

22 Spiral Drive
Florence, KY 41042
P: 859.283.1885
F: 859.283.8178
TDD: 711
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