Newport and Bellevue Forums to Discuss Gateway Urban Campus

Gateway Community and Technical College officials will participate in community forums Dec. 1 and 2 in Newport and Bellevue to gather urban community input about the colleges proposal to create an Urban Campus in downtown Covington.

The Newport forum will be Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the World Peace Bell, 425 York Street. The Bellevue session will be Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the City Building, Callahan Center, 616 Poplar Street.

The forums are open to any member of the public, regardless of residency.

"We are in the planning stages for the Urban Campus that will serve the entire urban core including the residents of the River Cities and are seeking input on the kinds of programs and services residents, business and community leaders desire to see included in the planning for the campus. The campus is a long term commitment so our planning must encompass short term and long range issues, and it must address the needs across the entire urban core, said GCTC President/CEO G. Edward Hughes.

Sessions are sponsored by Southbank Partners and facilitated by the Center for Great Neighborhoods and Vision 2015. Refreshments will be provided by the Gateway Foundation.

The Urban Campus has been the top priority of the college and includes replacing the outdated campus now located on Amsterdam Road in Covington/Park Hills. The college has formed a variety of partnerships that include the Covington Independent Public Schools, Newport Independent Schools, STRIVE, Kenton County Public Library, the Gateway Foundation, City of Covington, Covington Business Council, Kenton County Fiscal Court, Southbank Partners, TANK and Kenton County.

For more information about the Urban Campus project, visit www.gateway.kctcs.edu and click on Visitors and Community.