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New Renaissance Covington Director Named

Renaissance Covington has a new executive director.

The downtown promotional organization's board of directors announced the hiring of Nick Wade on Thursday.

The Danville native previously served as director of the Heart of Danville Main Street Program since 2015.

There, he helped install the first large-scale mural in downtown Danville, developed a monthly concert series, and led the most successful membership drive in the program's 32-year history, a news release said.

“After a rigorous regional search, we are thrilled to have Nick join Renaissance Covington. His experience and creativity are assets for our organization and our community.” says Rebekah Gensler, Renaissance Covington board of directors president. “We, along with our staff and community, look forward to seeing our programs grow and thrive under his leadership.”


Wade, who replaces Katie Meyer, who announced her departure late last year, is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and also served as a publicist to country music artists in Nashville.

“For the last three years, my husband and I have been visiting Covington, between attending Renaissance Covington events, enjoying the great restaurants, and the all-around vibe of Covington we have fallen in love with the community,“ Wade said in an announcement.


Recent projects led by Renaissance Covington include the Night Bazaar, public art initiatives, the Covington Farmers Market, and free public Wi-Fi around downtown.

“Renaissance Covington’s placemaking initiatives and events have created a unique Kentucky destination that I have been admiring for several years - the Night Bazaar and NKY Pride being personal favorites,” Wade said. “I look forward to carrying on the placemaking initiatives and working with entrepreneurs to continue revitalizing the Central Business District. The opportunity to be a part of this award-winning organization is a dream come true.”

Nick, his husband, and their three dogs, are looking forward to joining the Covington community in just a few weeks, as Wade will being work at Renaissance Covington on March 11, the announcement said.

-Staff report
Photo: Nick Wade (provided)