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Goal, Strategies and Initiatives

Northern Kentucky is challenged to maximize the use of our public dollars for public services, while at the same time preserving and enhancing the unique identify of our communities. In order to do this Northern Kentucky must become a model for “networked governance” by retaining and enhancing the benefits of small government – including a sense of community, responsiveness and local voice – while identifying ways to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.

Six strategies for achieving effective governance:

  1. Establish a Northern Kentucky Effective Governance Commission that will ensure the most effective delivery of government services through research and analysis
  2. Develop a fair, equitable and flexible revenue system for local governments and remove competition for limited resources
  3. Ensure planning in all Northern Kentucky counties by developing a regional council of planning and zoning professionals
  4. Transform the application, licensure and tax collection system to foster business retention, attraction and development
  5. Eliminate outdated constitutional offices and convert certain partisan elections to non-partisan
  6. Enhance communication between local governments and citizens, and establish one unified voice in Frankfort and Washington

Latest Developments on Related Initiatives

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Vision 2015 and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce have worked together to conduct a study that examines and showcases how our region’s governments have succeeded in collaboration efforts in recent years. This study was completed to both identify efforts that have been successful by cities and counties to collaborate, and to highlight cooperation that occurs every day in Northern Kentucky.

An accurate analysis of regional collaboration required research and input from all our local governments. As such, Brandon Hamilton, a student from Northern Kentucky University, met with and interviewed more than 30 local leaders.