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Northern Kentucky eZone Seeks New Assistant Director

A position is open at the Northern Kentucky office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, home of the technology entrepreneur support program known as "the eZone".

The ezone has been around since 2001 and has assisted more than three hundred start-up operations raise over $160 million for company creation and expansion.

The Kentucky Innovation Network is a statewide program with twelve offices that operate under the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Covington-based UpTech, the start-up company accelerator, is assisted by the ezone. The Northern Kentucky office covers eleven counties, including Boone, Kenton, and Campbell.

Cass Choppy, the current assistant director, will soon retire and will join his daughter and grandchildren in Dallas. The ezone seeks to fill the position.

"Cass is a great asset to our program and will be greatly missed," said Casey Barach, Director of the Northern Kentucky office of the Innovation Network.

The office is now accepting applications. The position of assistant director assists in the development and implementation of entrepreneur support programs. Barach said that a good applicant would have a master's degree and some experience in entrepreneurship. Interested candidates should contact Barach at [email protected].

A major goal of the office in 2014 is to extend its reach to locate and assist technology entrepreneurs in the more rural counties of the region like Gallatin, Owen, Bracken, Harrison, Pendleton, Grant, Robertson, and Carroll.  Barach notes that geographically it is a very large area but the offices will work through the judge executives in each county to reach the technology based entrepreneurs in the great region.

A pair of companies whose recent success and expansion brought Governor Steve Beshear to Covington, got their start in the ezone.