It is not up to developers to solve a city’s problems. It is up to the people.

Fifth-generation Covingtonian Katie Mayer returned to her NKY hometown with a degree in Urban Policy and a newfound vision that cities could be solved like puzzles and improved upon incrementally. But how, exactly? Meyer, the executive director of the nonprofit Renaissance Covington, explains that it starts with seeing your relationship with a place differently and using your passions as power. Meyer goes on to illustrate how the community of Covington and its reputation are being revitalized through humble, incremental, inclusive, sustainable, and productive change, and that the same initiatives in ‘Love the Cov’ can be applied to any community.

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Katie Meyer has a deep interest in how cities work and what makes them thrive. She has worked as the Executive Director of Renaissance Covington, Inc., a Kentucky Main Street Program, for 8 years. Her work focuses on creative placemaking, small business attraction and retention, and smart city initiatives. Katie’s work inspired her appreciation of Greater Cincinnati’s architecture, history, public art, green spaces, street patterns, and local businesses. In fact, in 2015 she co-authored Walking Cincinnati: 32 tours exploring historic neighborhoods, stunning riverfront quarters, and hidden treasures in the Queen City. The 2nd Edition will be released later this year.

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