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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Fort Thomas Business Association Hosts Mayor, Superintendent to give State of the City, Schools

Save the Date for this special meeting on Tues, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m.

By Jessie Eden

The Fort Thomas Business Association (FTBA) is proud to invite all business owners and businesses that have customers in Fort Thomas to a special community event featuring Fort Thomas Mayor Eric Haas and Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS) Superintendent Brian Robinson to discuss the State of the City and Schools in Fort Thomas.

It will take place at the Mess Hall in Tower Park (801 Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas) on Tuesday, October 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the City of Fort Thomas through local Fort Thomas business Cobblestone Cafe.

Additional featured guest speakers will also include City Administrative Officer Ron Dill and FTIS Board Chair Ann Meyer.

The purpose of this in-person event is to rekindle the FTBA’s networking efforts in order to rally around the business community. "We’re happy to get back to in-person networking,” said FTBA Board Member Mark Collier, “It’s very important that the FTBA provides a direct communication pipeline into both the city and the schools and we’re hopeful we can help facilitate meaningful conversations among these groups.”

The event will also provide a chance for the City and FTIS to further engage with and partner with residents and small business owners in Fort Thomas. “We are constantly looking to provide our students real-world experiences and would love to find ways to partner with our business community. It’s our job to make sure our students are prepared for their next phase of life and if we can find ways to partner with businesses to find value and provide experience in professional environments as a Highlands student, it becomes a win-win for everyone.”

The FTBA, established in 2004, has 100 members and consists of a Board of Directors which includes; Drew Schwegman, Erika Kraus, Nick Rolf and Mark Collier. The FTBA is always seeking additional members who work, play or do business in Fort Thomas.

In 2020, the FTBA implemented advocacy efforts in order to help small businesses at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also helped to lead a region-wide grant program by knocking the first domino over by asking the city to provide gap funding for small businesses.

The city of Fort Thomas was eager to take part in the efforts and continue the relationship with FTBA. “We have so many transformative projects happening within the city and engaging our business community has been and will continue to be a big part of our priority,” said Mayor Haas, “It’s important to me, as mayor, to have a two-way sounding board with our businesses and one of our goals coming out of COVID is making sure that they are being heard. We want to provide an environment where they can come out of the pandemic not just surviving, but thriving."


To attend this event, you do not need to be a paid member of any association at this point to attend. If you have a business, do business or have customers in Fort Thomas, this invitation is for you.


11:30: Open Networking

11:50: Welcome, Acknowledgement of guests - Thank the City of Fort Thomas for facilities, lunch
  • Overview of rekindling, reconnecting efforts
  • Nomination of Officers
  • Elections November meeting (11/18)
  • Introduce Chanda Calentine
12:00 Programming: Brian Robinson

12:20 Programming: Eric Haas, Ron Dill

12:45: End, Open Networking

To learn more about this event, please visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here.

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