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Speaker Panel

Moderator: Ken Smith was appointed City Manager in September 2021 after filling that position on an interim basis for 13 weeks. Smith had directed the Covington Neighborhood Services Department since April 2018 and previously was executive director of Price Hill Will, a non-profit community development corporation in Cincinnati, and chief operations officer of Brighton Properties Inc.




Bo Hubbard is an architectural project manager specializing in various fields of the construction industry including retail, mixed-use, office, institutional, industrial, and historic renovation. He consults in the fields owner’s representation, pay application review, change order review, and project management.

Before transitioning to consulting, he held positions with several architectural firms, including FRCH Design World Wide and M+A Architects, where he served as a project manager. This involved designing, coordinating, reviewing, researching, documenting, and drawing. Prior to joining the architectural industry, Bo served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

Bo holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The University of Cincinnati DAAP program, and he studied Architecture and Construction management at Columbus State Community College.


Tom West is Director of Economic Development for the City of Covington, Kentucky. Our city of 42,000 cool, highly qualified, and hard-working citizens is located just south of the river from our most famous suburb.. Cincinnati. Formerly Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in economic development, education and workforce development. Former Executive Director of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. Experience in community, downtown and waterfront planning throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Served as Executive Director for the Louisville Downtown Management District (Business Improvement District) and the Covington (KY) Business Council.