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Gateway College to Name Building in Honor of Bank's Donation to Urban Campus

The Bank of Kentucky's $1 million contribution to the development of Gateway Community & Technical College's urban campus in Downtown Covington has scored the Crestview Hills-based financial institution the name of a building on the school's Boone County campus.

Gateway will formally dedicate an existing instructional facility at it Boone Campus  as The Bank of Kentucky Classroom and Training Center Thursday at 10 a.m. at the campus at 500 Technology Way, Florence.

The investment was made public in December. The naming ceremony was scheduled for June to allow time to create signage in the bank’s honor on the building.

Gateway plans an $80 million campus that stretches several city blocks in Downtown Covington, involving new construction and renovation of historic buildings. The college recently won approval for industrial building bonds to begin work on renovating the former Marx Furniture building on Madison Avenue. The school's plans for the campus are expected to have a big economic impact on Downtown Covington.

When the Bank of Kentucky gift was originally announced, Ed Hughes, Gateway president and CEO, explained that Gateway would put the Bank of Kentucky name on the Boone Campus building this spring and also recognize the bank later on by naming an appropriate interior space in the bank’s honor at the Urban Campus.

“We are deeply grateful for the bank’s support of the college and the Urban Campus,” Hughes said. “The Bank of Kentucky investment is significant not only for its size but also as a symbol of the regional presence and involvement that Gateway and the bank share in serving the residents of Northern Kentucky.”

Robert W. Zapp, president of The Bank of Kentucky, voiced the bank’s support in December. “We believe strongly in the concept of the Urban Campus and the positive influence it will have on the revitalization and future growth of the city and the region, as well as the opportunities it will provide for students,” Zapp said.

The Bank of Kentucky Classroom and Training Center at the Boone Campus is a 30,000-square-foot building that houses general classrooms, industrial labs, Gateway’s Workforce Solutions Division, and meeting rooms often used by a variety of Northern Kentucky organizations and employers. Workforce Solutions collaborates extensively with local business and industry to provide workforce preparation and customized training for businesses and incumbent workers.

The building opened in 2005 and was the first constructed specifically for Gateway. The facility has become a hub for Gateway’s business and industry partners across the Northern Kentucky region.