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Center for Economic Education partners with City of Independence, KFEC for Financial Literacy Workshop

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January 31, 2022 - The Northern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education at the Haile College of Business is partnering with the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission (KFEC) and the City of Independence to provide a first-of-its-kind financial literacy workshop to city government employees in Independence. 

“We are excited to grow our economic and financial education programs in partnership with Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission and the City of Independence.” Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani, director of the Center for Economic Education at the Haile College of Business, said. “We value the commitment the City of Independence places on financial education and providing each employee access to quality financial education. We hope that this program can grow and serve more cities in our region.” 

Each public sector employee is eligible to participate in the workshop, including fire, police, public works, city building workers and more. 

“KFEC is dedicated to serving Commonwealth employees,” Matt Frey, executive director of KFEC and NKU alum, said. “We are excited Independence is the first and we are looking forward to servicing the rest of the state as well.” 

The workshop will cover what is unique to Independence employees. Classes will range from budgeting basics to retirement options available to city employees. Attendees will learn a more hands-on approach when planning for their retirement and other financial needs. The workshops will start Feb. 2 and occur twice a week. 

“We are thrilled to give our employees the opportunity to participate in the financial literacy workshop,” City of Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman said. “While we certainly have a spectacular team here, not everyone has had the benefit of a solid financial upbringing. We are equally grateful to Independence’s own Cain family. Not only have they helped make this program possible through NKU, but they’ve gone the extra mile to ensure success in their hometown.” 

To learn more about the Center for Economic Education at the Haile College of Business, click HERE.

About the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission: The KFEC promotes financial empowerment for all Kentuckians. We have six focus groups: Kentuckians with disabilities, aging Kentuckians, state employees, low-income families, students, and veterans and military personnel. Learn more about the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission at

About the Haile College of Business: With more than 2,000 students, the Haile College of Business’ goal is to educate and connect with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati business community by delivering globally relevant, innovative and sustainable programs and practices. The college offers 12 undergraduate degrees and three master’s level programs. For more information, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit