“Municipal Government of the Year”> City of Covington, KY
Covington honored for his “transformational” work
in the midst of a global crisis
COVINGTON, Ky. – Last year the national local government narrative was defined by pullback and retraction, but the city of Covington went ahead with a $ 3 million public Wi-Fi project… a spectacular transformation of its shores… the purchase of 23 acres near the downtown core… and economic development announcements touting the creation of 2,100 new jobs and nearly $ 90 million in private investment.
These and other successes – along with the resilience, creativity, perseverance and strategic thinking of city leaders in the midst of a global health crisis – have earned Covington a coveted award today: “Municipal Government of the year ”.
The Kentucky League of Cities – a 370-member organization founded in 1927 – today announced the selection of Covington by an independent board of judges from across the state.
“The Town of Covington is a great example of a community and local leaders who are constantly reinventing and reinventing themselves,” said JD Chaney, Executive Director / CEO of KLC. “Part of KLC’s mission is to support innovation and quality governance, and the City of Covington exemplifies both of these qualities.”
In accepting the award, Mayor Meyer praised the City’s ability to reconcile immediate awareness and long-term vision.
“Covington was – and remains – determined to emerge from the pandemic not shocked and broken but capable and ambitious, so while we have taken drastic steps in 2020 to help our people and our businesses survive, we have also moved forward on projects that are changing the trajectory of The Cov’s future, ”Meyer said. “This award will inspire us to keep moving forward.
To be nominated for the award, KLC said, a city must have “enhanced its community through quality governance or done something transformational for the community.”
Collins & Company, Inc. – which sponsors the “Municipal Government of the Year” award – will donate $ 1,000 to support a City of Covington program or project.
KLC officials will be traveling to Covington in the coming weeks to present the award and make a video on the city.
Mayor Meyer said Covington hoped to schedule the presentation with a reception honoring the volunteers who sit on the dozens of boards and commissions that help Covington run.
“It’s really teamwork,” he said. “We wouldn’t be transforming the city as we are without the help of hundreds of volunteers and partners who give generously of their time, talent and energy.
The city’s nomination described how officials laid the groundwork for an astonishing array of recent economic announcements and progress on historic projects such as the IRS site, the riverside, and the Wi-Fi project.
“… These successes are the direct result of strategic decisions, perseverance, partnerships and original thinking that have created a tale of energy and momentum that has continued to accelerate throughout the pandemic”, reads. one in the nomination. “Rather than crouch down and curl up, (Covington) went ahead.”
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