The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced its 2020 economic development results, which surpassed the targets set by the company, today. Tri-ED supported a diverse group of 27 companies with expansions or new location announcements with 1,563 jobs and $268M in capital investment in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in 2020.
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“Tri-ED’s results are quite remarkable with the challenges the country faced due to the coronavirus in 2020,” said Bob Heil, Chair of the Tri-ED Board and CEO of KLH Engineers. “The diversity of existing businesses and new companies attracted to the region is impressive. Tri-ED is focused on continuing to foster a diverse economy with good paying jobs.”
Although many companies implemented work from home policies in 2020, nine companies announced investments in new or expanded offices in Northern Kentucky. Among them, Gentis Solutions relocated its headquarters, STEP CG announced a new expanded office and Protective Life Corporation announced a new regional office in Covington.
“We considered multiple states and many locations within those states while we were looking for a new headquarters location. We draw on talent locally and the community, culture and vibe of Covington are what we wanted for our growing team,” said Ed Walton, CEO of STEP CG, an award-winning IT engineering firm.
Tri-ED CEO Lee Crume announced three new initiatives that the company will focus on in 2021:
-Developing a community dashboard to ensure that data guides our decision-making.
-Creating a strategy to ensure that land in the region brings the best jobs.
-Analyzing incentive programs as companies adapt to coronavirus and in other multi-state regions to keep Northern Kentucky competitive.
“Our team built strong relationships with companies and communities in Northern Kentucky in 2020 while exceeding our goals, significant achievements given the challenges the pandemic presented,” shared Crume. “In 2021, we will boost our business attraction marketing and embark on new initiatives that move our community forward.”
Since its founding in 1987, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has led the successful relocation or expansion efforts for 717 business projects, representing more than 69,000 primary industry jobs created with a capital investment of more than $8.7 billion.
The full 2020 Annual Report is available at http://bit.ly/2020Tri-EDReport.