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New Jobs Coming to Covington's RiverCenter with Tech Company

A cloud service brokerage firm is moving to Covington from Boone County after scouring sites across Greater Cincinnati.

Prolocity Technology Solutions will be the newest tenant in the River Center office towers, a pair of Class A office buildings that have seen their fortunes change with the recent expansions of two companies housed there, welcome news after the 2012 departure of Omnicare.

"We have been experiencing exciting growth," said founder and president John McKenzie. The company has outgrown its space in Hebron and needs to double its capacity. "We considered a lot of different options, including options on the other side of the river."

McKenzie said that incentives offered by the City of Covington, details of which were unavailable on Friday but will be considered at Tuesday's city commission meeting and include parking discounts in the city-owned garage beneath the towers, were a big draw. Additionally, McKenzie said the quality and size of the company's new space and being centrally located in the region were also of great benefit.

Prolocity helps mid-sized enterprise firms migrate their entire computer business computing platform from an on-premise server based to a true cloud computing model. McKenzie has worked in the technology business for more than twenty-five years, the bulk of which was spent with Northern Kentucky-based Pomeroy. He founded Prolocity in 2010.

"We're bringing end to end solutions to standard business performance platforms," he said. One of his company's recent clients was TiER1 Performance Solutions, one of Prolocity's new neighbors at River Center.

"TiER1 is a good example of the type of company we are trying to work with," McKenzie said.

Prolocity will bring ten jobs to the city with the expectation of creating more. The company hopes to have twenty positions within its firm by 2016.

The company has experienced significant growth at 120% year-over-year in 2013 versus 2012. The young company was profitable in both of those years and also employed more than twenty independent contractors and interns.

"Prolocity will make a great addition to Covington and River Center," said Naashom Marx, the city's business development manager. "They are part of a cluster of technology companies that work well together and will continue to grow together."

"It's exciting for us and it's exciting for Covington to have a young, fast-growing company and I think we will bring a lot of jobs to the area in the coming years," McKenzie said.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: River Center towers and floodwall murals in Covington/RCN file