Join us on April 14th on the CBC’s actual 50th birthday as we look back and ahead. A panel of former CBC Executive Directors will discuss the challenges they faced as well as examine what lies ahead for the CBC and what its role should entail in the coming years and decades. Two former Executive Directors, Tom West , who led the CBC from 1992 to 1995 and now serves as Covington’s Economic Development Director and Beth Sewell, who held the CBC reins from 1997-2001 and serves as a Kenton County Fiscal Court Commissioner will make up two thirds of the panel. We’ll also hear from Gary Keller who ran the CBC from 2007 to 2010.
The Covington Urban Redevelopment Effort or CURE was officially formed April 14, 1972, by a group of civic, government and business leaders who were concerned about the migration of retail business to the suburbs. The group underwent a series of name changes before officially becoming the Covington Business Council in 1979, but the entity has maintained the same business advocacy mission since the formation of CURE. Today, the CBC is a comprehensive staple of the Covington business community providing access, opportunity and growth for nearly 450 member companies, while hosting more than 100 networking and educational events annually and advocating on behalf of business interests.
At the conclusion of the panel’s remarks we’ll conclude with the singing of happy birthday and invite attendees to join us in enjoying a slice of birthday cake.
Beth Sewell is a resident of Covington and resides in historic Wallace Woods. Although Kenton County has been Beth’s home since 1997, Beth was raised on a 2,000 acre family farm in central Indiana.
Beth has been active in many organizations in Northern Kentucky. She has served on several boards and been active in Covington neighborhood associations and was honored with the Covington Community Leader Award in 2003. She currently co-chairs the Board of Directors of Teaching Homes in Northern Kentucky and home schools her two children.
Beth was Executive Director of the CBC from 1997- 2001. She is currently a Commissioner for the first district of Kenton County.
Tom West is currently the Economic Development Director for the City of Covington. Formerly Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in economic development, education and workforce development. Tom was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. He has experience in community, downtown and waterfront planning throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He also served as Executive Director for the Louisville Downtown Management District (Business Improvement District) and the Covington Business Council from 1992-1995.
Gary Keller is a decorated national leader in the motion picture and tourism fields serving as Director of the South Dakota Film Commission, Development Director of the Mount Rushmore Society and most recently serving as Executive Director of Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association. Gary served as CBC Executive Director from 2007- 2010.
“The CBC has provided me the opportunity to network with other local business leaders. Being new to the area this has become a valuable resource.”