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Covington Bicentennial Committee to Host Second Town Hall, Seeks Ambassadors

Over the course of the next year, organizers with COV200, the group charged with managing the City of Covington bicentennial celebration, will commemorate the city’s storied history and vibrant future with a series of events and special initiatives designed to celebrate the best of the city.

“Covington is home to vibrant citizens, unique neighborhoods, and thriving businesses,” said Norm Desmarais, Chair of the COV200 committee. “Our year-long bicentennial will highlight the things that make this city a great place to live and work.”

COV200 organizers are planning a series of events that will engage, enlighten and increase community awareness of Covington’s unique urban appeal.  Planned events include a book party at the Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrating the release of the city’s first historical account, service days dedicated to the city’s beautification and betterment and a 200th birthday gala in February 2015.

“We’re so excited about COV200, and we can’t wait to put the City of Covington in the spotlight,” said Amanda Everhart Greenwell, Vice Chair of COV200. “We’re inviting residents, community leaders and businesses to come out and help us celebrate our brilliant city all year long.”

A community block party and riverfront bash are among the many additional events that are also in the works to pump up the City of Covington’s birthday celebration fun.

The community is invited to learn more about COV200 during an upcoming Town Hall meeting taking place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Covington City Hall, 20 W. Pike Street. COV200’s Desmarais and Greenwell will update attendees on the bicentennial event plans and in-progress historical projects including a book, documentary, exhibits and education initiatives. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to get involved.  

"We heard from several community members who'd wanted to attend the Feb. 28 meeting, but the morning timeframe did not work for them," said Greenwell. "We want to make sure that everyone who's interested in COV200 has a chance to be a part of the celebration, which is why we scheduled this second presentation."

For more information and updates on the COV200 Bicentennial Celebration or on getting involved, visit

(SEE ALSO: Bicentennial organizers want your old Covington photos, artifacts)

Sign up to be an ambassador for the bicentennial

The Covington Bicentennial Committee is looking for a team of enthusiastic, energetic representatives to serve as COV200 ambassadors at Covington events in 2014 – 2015. COV200 ambassadors spread the word about the bicentennial projects, events, and celebrations. Ambassadors will be equipped with a traveling booth containing games, educational resources, trivia, Covington’s historical information, COV200 swag and more! If you are passionate about this city and want to represent the awesomeness that is Covington – this program is for you!

Ideal Ambassadors…
• #lovethecov
• will be enthusiastic and energetic representatives
• are able to attend at least three Covington events between 2014-2015
• attend one training session
• have their own transportation
• attend May 22nd launch event (optional)

Interested candidates are asked to complete an application – found here.  Applications are also available by emailing Kate Esarey at [email protected], or can be picked up at the Center for Great Neighborhoods at 1650 Russell Street. All potential COV200 ambassadors must undergo a background check.

The Bicentennial Committee will hold a training session to prepare all COV200 Ambassadors in May. The purpose of the training sessions are to introduce COV200 Ambassadors to the bicentennial mission and objectives, the traveling booth games, information, and educational materials, and the COV200 merchandise.

Ambassadors should choose ONE of the following training sessions:

• Wednesday May, 7th at 6:00pm
• Wednesday May 14th at 12:00pm

Both training sessions will take place at UpTech located at 112 West Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011.

Photo: Mansion in Covington's Licking Riverside neighborhood/RCN file