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Covington Firm Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Its Downtown Space

A Covington information technology (IT) firm announced a multi-million expansion on Thursday.

C-Forward's $2.3 million investment in its corporate offices at Fifth Street and Madison Avenue is boosted by approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) for up to $50,000 refund of Kentucky sales and use tax through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA).

The firm provides IT support and services to clients across the Cincinnati region and Kentucky.

When its expansion is completed, the updated building will include new technology infrastructure, solar energy, and an open office environment with amenities for clients and employees that will enhance service to customers, an announcement said.

“We’ve grown tremendously since moving our offices to Fifth and Madison in Covington in 2003,” said Brent Cooper, founder and chairman of the board at C-Forward. Cooper is also president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve achieved double digit growth nearly every year and this expansion will make our offices Class A space by incorporating technology and amazing amenities to provide best-in-class service to our clients and make C-Forward an attractive place to work for tech talent.”

Working with PCA Architects and Manning Construction, C-Forward has spent the past six months designing a new space designed to improve productivity and employee retention.

There will be a number of energy efficiencies, including new windows, more efficient HVAC, improved lighting and other strategies to lower its carbon footprint.  An elevator is being added to access the roof and lower level to better use space throughout the building. 

“We want our 31 employees to feel like our headquarters is their ‘second home’ and a place we can entertain clients,” said Brian Ruschman, C-Forward’s president. “We offer our employees a flexible environment and as our client base continues to grow, we want to bring customers to Covington to see to see the latest technology solutions. This new 7,500-square foot headquarters will be fantastic!”

Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann celebrated C-Forward’s expansion in Kenton County.

“Congratulations to Brent Cooper and the C-Forward team on their growth and continued investment in Kenton County,” said Knochelmann. “It’s encouraging to see a home-grown technology company succeed and continue to have a positive impact on our Northern Kentucky economy.”

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer also celebrated this project as yet another example of great things happening in Covington.

“Seeing companies like C-Forward willing to re-invest in their properties in Covington to keep them state-of-the-art tells us that they recognize the value our quirky, authentic city has when it comes to attracting the talent which keeps growing and thriving here,” Meyer said. “Covington has a lot of momentum, and this project adds to a flurry of activity at that one intersection alone.”

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED CEO Lee Crume congratulated C-Forward on its growth and success.

“NKY Tri-ED is proud to have worked with C-Forward and helped them access the KEIA program as they expand and grow high-paying jobs in Northern Kentucky,” said Lee Crume, President and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “C-Forward serves companies throughout the Cincinnati region from its headquarters in Covington.”

“We are extremely grateful to Tri-ED, the City of Covington and Kenton County for their help and support helping to make this project a reality,” said Cooper.  “The Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region is our home, and we are thrilled to solidify our commitment to this community.”

-Staff report

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