Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
By: Julia Fair
This is an installment of reporter Julia Fair's series "By the way, NKY." Here, you'll find what's going on in Northern Kentucky.
The leaves are changing, people are adding pumpkin flavors to recipes and you probably swapped out your t-shirts for cozy sweaters.
As the season changed, a ton of things are happening in Northern Kentucky. The city of Covington is working to expand internet access to its residents and organizations are promoting voter participation.
In this series, By the way, NKY – we focus on some of the good news happening in the region and to fill you in on what's going on in your neighborhoods.
If there's something you think should be included, email reporter Julia Fair at email@example.com
By the way, here's what's going on in Northern Kentucky:
Wifi hotspot hosts needed in Covington
The city of Covington is on a mission to place 116 WiFi hotspots throughout the city to give internet access to school kids.
The $2.5 million project, called Covington Connect, aims to "smash the digital divide," in the city, according to a press release from the city. The Covington Connect initiative will expand internet access by installing Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city and giving out free computers to families. The city said it will fund the initiative with up to $1.25 million in CARES Act funding.
The city partnered with property owners to install a volleyball-sized device on the outside of their house to create a WiFi hotspot in that area.
Now, anyone can volunteer their home or business to host the device.
If you're interested, email Pete Bales, a consultant hired to coordinate the Covington Connect initiative, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also answer questions.
Bike or walk with local candidates on the Purple People Bridge
Running a political campaign is already stressful. Adding a global pandemic to the mix made it even more difficult for local candidates in Northern Kentucky to connect with neighborhoods.
On Oct. 17, candidates vying for positions for a spot on a city council or a mayoral title will get the chance to walk and talk with constituents along the Purple People Bridge. Tri-State Trails will host the event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to a Facebook event.
Tri-State Trails asked participants to support its Active Transportation Policy Platform which can be found on its website.
The Facebook event did not include which candidates agreed to attend.
Voter turnout effort got a boost with a grant
In 2019, The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce launched an initiative to increase voter turnout.
That effort got a boost with a $10,000 grant from the Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation, according to a press release from the chamber.
The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky will manage the funds for the chamber to improve voter turnout. It plans to do that by engaging with infrequent voters and people without internet access.
Since 2011, voter registration in Northern Kentucky increased by 25 percent. During the 2019 gubernatorial election, voter turnout increased by double digits compared to the 2015 gubernatorial election.
COVID-19 Resources for NKY residents
Need a COVID-19 test? Here are some helpful links to resources in Northern Kentucky.
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