Steady and sequential progress
On December 2, the college officially opened the Gateway Bookstore on the Urban Metro Campus with an open house and ribbon cutting.
On September 28, the college opened Emerge Hair Studio and Spa, a student run business, at 438 Scott Boulevard on the Urban Metro Campus.
On October 1, the college received a contribution of $100,000 for the Urban Metro
Campus from Dr. Anthony and Gerry Zembrodt.
On October 8, ground was broken on the Professional Services Building. October 8 was also the date for the community dedication of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise.
On June 28 the college accepted the first portion of a $500,000 gift from an anonymous
foundation for the further development of the Urban/Metro Campus.
On June 27 ground was broken and the first ceremonial sledge hammers pounded to signify the launch of renovations for the Marx Building. It will open as the Gateway Technology & Design Center in summer 2014.
On June 20 The Bank of Kentucky was thanked with a formal ceremony for their $1 million commitment to the Urban/Metro Campus by naming a building on the Gateway Boone Campus The Bank of Kentucky Classroom and Training Center. The building rests alongside I-75.
On December 13 the college announced that The Bank of Kentucky committed to a $1 million
gift toward the development of the campus. The gift represents the largest contribution
to the college to date.
On November 12 the college held a major press conference announcing the details of an $82 million Master Plan for an Urban/Metro Campus in downtown Covington. The college and Gateway Foundation announced the acquisition or commitments for nine existing properties that, once renovated, would create the new Urban/Metro Campus.
On June 20 Duke Energy announced that the Gateway Foundation would receive a $75,000 Urban Revitalization Grant for the Urban/Metro Campus development.
On December 7 the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus, elected officials and key
community leaders gathered at the Urban Center to hear plans for Urban/Metro Campus
On November 19 Covington residents and philanthropists Oakley and Eva Farris were honored for their $438,000 investment in the new campus. The gift will fund the Eva Farris Child Development Center.
On February 16 the college gathered community friends and leaders at the Urban Center to debut the Second Annual Report to the Community on the Urban Campus.
On January 27, the Gateway Board of Directors approved and submitted to KCTCS a Six-Year Capital Plan that included a top request for $62.8 million for the comprehensive urban campus and $11.8 million for renovation of the Urban Center facility (Two Rivers).
In December 2010, Dayton, Bellevue and Newport hosted community input forums to obtain feedback that will be used in continuing to plan the Urban Campus Project.
On September 1, 2010, Gateway buys the Two Rivers Middle School building.
In February and March 2010, the Covington Business Council, Center for Great Neighborhoods, the Covington Neighborhood Collaborative and Vision 2015 hostedcommunity input forums to obtain feedback that will be used in continuing to plan the Urban Campus Project.
On December 9, 2009, KCTCS president Michael B. McCall and Gateway president Hughes presented an update of the project and the KCTCS advocacy campaign to a special meeting of the Covington Business Council attended by over 200 individuals.
In December, the college employed a project manager to expedite the planning and implementation of the Phase One move to Two Rivers Middle School.
On November 6, 2009, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education recommended the Gateway Urban Campus project to the Governor as the 14th priority overall for 2010-12 for new construction.
On October 1, 2009, Gateway entered into an agreement with the Covington Independent Public Schools to lease 55,000 square feet of space at the Two Rivers Middle School with occupancy anticipated in the spring 2010. CIPS relocated its alternative school to the third floor of Two Rivers in January 2010, and Gateway will relocate its Urban Center operations from a district-owned facility next to Holmes High School and its evening classes now housed at Holmes.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents recommended the Urban Campus as a top priority capital project to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on September 25, 2009. The Board requested $25.8 million for a new facility and authorization to use college and system funds to purchase and renovate the Two Rivers Middle School and plan the new Phase Two building.
The Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee, a group of business, government and community leaders from across the region, endorsed the Urban Campus project as a top capital construction request to the 2010 General Assembly.
On August 25, 2009, Dr. Hughes met with the Kenton County Fiscal Court to present the plan and seek its endorsement and input.
On June 18, 2009, Gateway Community & Technical College President Dr. G. Edward Hughes and Covington Mayor Denny Bowman met with Governor Steve Beshear regarding the Urban Campus project. The Governor indicated strong interest in supporting the concept.
The Covington City Commission adopted a resolution on May 26, 2009, endorsing the Urban Campus (OR 145-09).
The Covington Business Council endorsed the Urban Campus project on May 22, 2009.
The Urban Campus partnership was announced on May 22, 2009, at a press conference held at the Kenton County Public Library.