Local business owners and community leaders gathered for an open forum on “Why Covington?” during the Covington Business Council meeting Thursday.
Luncheon sponsor DBL Law presented on the company’s relocation back to Covington to the Monarch Building at 109 E. 4th St., which was part of a $11.3 million development.
Patrick Hughes, partner at DBL Law, said the decision to return to where it all began for DBL after being in Crestview Hills since 1983 was a good one.
“We started noticing clients making major investments in Covington, we saw the opportunity to serve and give back,” Hughes said. “(When recruiting talent for their firm) we knew they would want a place that was unique, walkable, and fun. Covington it’s just that. The sense of community is really exciting, the ability to walk down the street and get your hair cut, or grab a bite to eat. Covington is leading the region in a lot of important areas, and that was important to be a part of these exciting changes.”
Guy van Rooyen of Hotel Covington and the Salyers Group echoed the sense of community Hughes explained and noted it was a driving force behind the development of the $26.5 million dollar North by Hotel Covington expansion set to open in the next three months.
“Covington is such a bigger city than it seems, and the production companies love us because of the buildings in Covington, the assets,” van Rooyen said. “Covington city government and administration have always been supportive of the businesses here.”
When asked why they decided to expand the hotel and create office space and an event center, VanRooyen laughed.
“I had no choice, my in-laws are here,” he said. “But all kidding aside, we always loved the city. If anyone plays blackjack, they know the key is doubling down. We love Covington so much it was a no-brainer to continue on and expand.”
Sherrie Keller of M&M Supply opened a new $3 million corporate headquarters in Covington’s Helentown neighborhood in the Eastern Corridor. M&M provides petroleum equipment services and sales as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
“We started in Newport and were outgrowing our space, and like Patrick said the growth of our company allowed us to look for something else,” Keller said. “We have over 50 electricians and technicians we dispatch daily and so the location for us was fantastic. The economic development team were helpful in guiding us along the way during renovating the building we moved into. Being in Covington has helped us attraction and retain more talent, and we (M&M Supply) needed a facelift to bring people in, and Covington gave us that.”
Anthony Bradford of A.M. Titan touched on running a real estate development company that acquires and develops multi-family homes including the Mildred Flats construction project along Greenup Street.
“We moved here from OTR after we started in 2015, and rather than ask ourselves ‘Why Covington?’ It was more ‘Why not Covington?” Bradford said. “The city has been so helpful, they’re quick to answer questions and support us. We liked that the business community is strong and supportive, and were happy to be a part of it. We saw the move as an opportunity to bring value to Covington.”
The Covington Business Council will have its next event Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. in the First Financial building located at 601 Madison Ave. in Covington. Attendees can network with other business owners and talk shop and learn more about the Covington Business Council.