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Business Council Celebrates 2012 Accomplishments, Will Increase Dues

The Covington Business Council sent out an email Wednesday morning identifying some of its accomplishments over the past year in addition to informing its members that dues will be increased in 2013. The CBC's sister organization, the Urban Partnership, announced recently that its Clean & Safe program would not continue until a business improvement district is approved for Downtown Covington.

Here is the body of the email:

 

Greetings!

As we end 2012, we want to extend our appreciation to our Covington Business Council members for their investment in our organization as we fulfill our mission of advocating for a healthy business climate in Covington.  Here are some examples of how that has been accomplished:

  • CBC membership is up more than 40 percent from two years ago, standing at more than 180.  The Council also printed its first membership directory in years.
  • CBC Foundation (doing business as the Urban Partnership of Covington) completed a full scale clean and safe litter/graffiti removal project resulting in 45 tons of litter and 800 graffiti tags removed from downtown streets.  The Partnership has also launched a petition drive aimed at enacting a business improvement district continuing this work and adding economic development and beautification services.
  • The Council continued to attract compelling speakers and subjects such as the Cincinnati Port Authority and the Story Project providing a narrative of Greater Cincinnati/NKY's unique attributes, resulting in continued strong luncheon attendance.
  • Advocacy efforts by the CBC aided the City getting the most favorable access option in the Brent Spence Bridge re-design, averting economic ruin predicted by many experts who believed that the earlier design concepts would have greatly hindered Interstate 75 traffic from entering the city's urban core.
  • The CBC successes have been mirrored by the City's growth in the form of the Gateway College Urban Campus expansion, the Hotel Covington/City Hall announcement, and other developments.

Founded in 1972, the Covington Business Council and its pre-cursor the Covington Urban Redevelopment Effort have not increased membership dues since 1987.  If the CBC is to continue the fine work it has advanced since 2010, the revenues in paying for such work must also increase.

The CBC Board of Directors in December approved the following dues increases, effective February 1, 2013:

# of employees

For-Profit Rate

Non-Profit Rate

1-5

$250

$125

6-15

$300

$150

16-50

$350

$175

51-99

$400

$225

100+

$600

$400

Please direct any comments/questions to Executive Director Pat Frew, 859-431-1500, extension 1 or [email protected].  Thank you in advance for understanding our need to keep up with our costs in ensuring the CBC remains a good investment for you and your organization as we see Covington continue its economic growth.

Sincerely,

Pat Frew
Executive Director
Covington Business Council/
Urban Partnership