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This Town: An Important Conversation About Northern Kentucky's Identity & Future

This town.

Is Northern Kentucky a town? Should it be? Could it be?

David Heidrich called for an end of provincialism when he assumed his role as chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and he riveted the crowd at this year's annual dinner with a passionate call for action from business leaders in the community to change the Northern Kentucky conversation.

He also consistently referred to Northern Kentucky as "this town".

"We must resist thinking of Boone or Kenton or Campbell County," Heidrich said. "We can't just think of issues about whether they just affect Ft. Thomas, Florence, or Ludlow. We can't just think of issues about whether they just affect Ft. Thomas, Florence, or Ludlow. When we think about school district performance, it can't just be Bellevue, Boone, or Beechwood. Because the greatest disease in our community is the disease of provincialism. If we allow narrow-minded provincialism to drive our efforts, we leave opportunity laying on the table and nobody in this room meets their potential."

Editor's note: This conversation took place before the NKY Legislative Caucus's presentation about the Brent Spence Bridge and the Cincinnati Eastern Bypass which is referenced in the podcast. 

Heidrich joined The River City News's Michael Monks to talk about these issues further: