FT. MITCHELL, KY (October 7, 2021) – The BE NKY Growth Partnership (BE NKY) announced today that it was awarded a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy to undertake a target industry and workforce analysis. The goal of the study is to gain a clear picture of the current business landscape and inform business growth, attraction and workforce development strategies for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

“Through data and analysis, BE NKY is focused on building prosperity and a successful economy that benefits all Northern Kentuckians,” said President and CEO Lee Crume. “The report will provide a road map for BE NKY’s business growth efforts and guide us as we partner with our region’s companies and education institutions to prepare the workforce that businesses will need to succeed here.”

Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt, Vice President, Community Relations & Economic Development, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, noted that the report will provide insight on the types of development and energy needs the region will have in the future.

“With an updated analysis of industry clusters that integrates regional and national trends that will impact Northern Kentucky, Duke Energy and BE NKY will work together to make sure the region is ready for future investment,” said Whitaker Hurtt. “I also look forward to the deep dive on workforce and how Northern Kentucky can prepare for our business community’s future needs.”

“Business and consumer demand has evolved due to COVID-19 and new technology innovations. The Amazon Air hub and cargo volume at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will certainly impact our industry clusters. We believe this is a good time to understand our current landscape and identify industries that will see growth in the future so we can be specific in business attraction and workforce development,” added Crume.

The target industry analysis, conducted by EY, will include cluster and workforce flow analysis and is expected to be completed and presented by December 2021; the report will be made public.

In 2018, BE NKY released a report by Prager Co. to revamp the economic development company prior to hiring President and CEO Lee Crume in 2019.  The most recent target industry analysis for the three-county region was conducted by Site Selection Group in 2016 and identified six industry clusters and 23 industry subsectors.

About BE NKY

BE NKY serves as the primary economic development company for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, providing marketing, business retention and expansion services for the region. Visit www.be-nky.com for more information.

BE NKY’s vision is opportunity and prosperity for all Northern Kentuckians.