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BLINK Preview at Covington Business Lunch; City Says Hundreds of Jobs Coming

Northern Kentucky business leaders got a sneak peek at BLINK, the wildly popular light and art show, at Thursday's Covington Business Council monthly luncheon.

BLINK, returning for its second time October 10-13, will expand beyond Cincinnati this time, and well into downtown Covington.

The keynote speaker at the CBC luncheon was one of BLINK's organizers, Brendon Cull, who serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Cull gave the attendees a brief guided tour-through-pictures of early renderings of the mural illuminations that will make Covington front and center for BLINK during the four-day event October 10-13. 

The attached image of the Roebling Suspension Bridge is a previously released conceptual image used when Covington was announced as being part of this year's event.

This year, BLINK will stretch from Findlay Market in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to Pike and Madison in downtown Covington.

"Or for the more beer-inclined," Cull jokeed, "BLINK will stretch from Rhinegeist to Braxton."

Cull noted that the Covington buildings in the event include the Kenton County Parking Garage, the BB&T Bank branch building at Third Street and Scott Boulevard, the Boone Block Building on Scott, the Odd Fellows Hall on Madison Avenue, and the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

"Its a symbol of how much our two cities are connected," said Cull. "When you see the bridge lit up, it will make you cry."

In 2017, during the first BLINK event, it was estimated that 1 million people took part in it over twenty blocks in Cincinnati. This time, Northern Kentucky will be included.

"BLINK’s expansion into Covington will have a catalytic effect on the number of visitors and residual spending," said Pat Frew, executive director of the Covington Business Council. "It should also open the eyes of many residents north of the River who have not laid witness to the $200 million-plus in investment in Covington’s Central Business District and in Mainstrasse."

Afterwards, Linda Antus, President/CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, spoke to the crowd of how they are stepping in to use the event as an opportunity to collaborate with area businesses to promote tourism. 

Other notes:

At the CBC luncheon, City of Covington Economic Development Director Tom West teased that new companies were headed to Covington with hundreds of new employment opportunities.

"They will be located in Latonia, in our mid-city area and at the corner of Pike and Madison," West said. 

Written by Kareem Simpson, RCN contributor