Abramson Sings Praises of Gateway Urban Campus
Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson toured Downtown Covington Monday afternoon with Ed Hughes, president and CEO of Gateway Community & Technical College which is in the early stages of developing an $80 million urban campus in the city.
"What's happening with Gateway's master plan will be a catalyst for development," said Abramson, who was in town to announce 63 new jobs created by a new company opening in Latonia. The lieutenant governor sees the urban campus as a boon to retail, residential, and other forms of development.
"These buildings, the bone structure is solid as a rock. They're sitting there just waiting," Abramson said.
Before being elected with Governor Steve Beshear in 2011, Abramson spent two decades as mayor of Louisville, a city that has seen a renaissance of its Downtown in recent years. "It takes a long time to re-energize a Downtown that has been left behind," he said. "It took us twenty years and it's done in increments."
But Covington has an advantage, Abramson said. "What you've got here is a catalyst with upwards of five thousand students. If I were a private developer I'd be getting options on a lot of these buildings."
Hughes said Abramson, who also visited Gateway's Center ofr Advanced Manufacturing in Florence, met with Gateway's senior leadership before a short tour of some of the buildings targeted by the college to be part of the urban campus. The president said that Abramson believes that Covington's swath of vacant storefronts will fill more rapidly with the addition of the college.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Abramson (left) and Hughes tour the Center for Advanced Manufacturing/Gateway Community & Technical College