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Tuesday – March 5, 2013

NKY Forum to Feature CVG CEO Candace McGraw

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky Forum will hold an event on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Northern Kentucky University Otto M. Budig Theater .

“A Conversation With Candace McGraw” will provide an opportunity for the public to hear about the future of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati International Airport (CVG) and its impact on our region. McGraw became CEO of CVG in July 2011. She took the helm of an airport that, despite offering fewer flights, was still an economic driver for the region.

“The airport is a critical part of our infrastructure and economy, so we are very pleased to have a forum featuring Candace McGraw to talk about what's happening with the airport now and her expectations for the future,” said Northern Kentucky Forum Board Chair Tara Ford.

CVG continues to have an impact on the Greater Cincinnati economy – on business sales, household earnings, tourism and regional employment. This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the airport and what it offers our region.

CVG offers approximately 180 daily non-stop departures to 53 cities, including non-stop service to Paris and Toronto. About 7 million people use CVG each year. The airport offers more daily flights and serves more non-stop destinations than surrounding regional airports in Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville. And with nearly $4 billion in local economic impact, CVG directly and indirectly supports more than 50,000 jobs within the region.

CVG is home to DHL’s main North American cargo hub; the company employs 2,000 people at CVG and has plans to hire several hundred more once it completes a $47 million expansion this year.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Dan Hurley, host of WKRC-TV’s “Local 12 Newsmakers.” It will feature a Q&A session with stakeholders representing local government, economic development, tourism and media. As with all Forum events, there will also be opportunities for audience members to share their opinions and ask questions of the panelists.

“The Northern Kentucky Forum is dedicated to providing a place where everyone can take part in community conversations about important events and public policies that affect us all,” Ford said.

In advance of the event, Northern Kentuckians are invited to participate in a quick online poll at RSVP (optional) by emailing and get additional information at

About the Northern Kentucky Forum
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy – three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

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