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Posted on: January 16, 2024

How Kenton County is using its federal Covid-19 assistance

Kenton County Government Center

The Kenton County Fiscal Court was awarded $32,437,404 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). These funds were a one-time injection of capital designed to help in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government established guidelines designating how the funding could be used. After discussing their goals and objectives, the Kenton County Fiscal Court decided to use its funds to address five areas:

  • Broadband 
  • Job training
  • Infrastructure (sewer/water)
  • Human services
  • Revenue replacement/employee retention

“From day one, we knew we wanted to treat these funds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support projects that would be transformative for Kenton County residents and might not have gotten done as quickly as they will now,” Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann said in a statement. "We believe the slate of projects we've supported accomplish that objective."

Infographic breaking down how ARPA dollars were spent

The table below provides a list of the committed investments from the Kenton County Fiscal Court across its five chosen categories: 


Deliver high-speed fiber optic Internet to 100% of Kenton County.


Northern Kentucky Water District$1,400,000Support the development, planning and construction of water main extensions to unserved customers within Kenton County

Nixutil Sanitation Association$160,000Address deficiencies to existing sewer treatment plant in unincorporated Kenton County and transition properties from the Nixutil Sanitation Association to the Sanitation District One (SD1) system.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Dept. of Highways$250,000Complete the design phase for the sanitary sewer and water location for Stevenson Road in Erlanger.

Job training

Enzweiler Building Institute$406,250Hire a full-time trades administrator and invest in the construction and development of teaching labs at Enzweiler Building Institute in Covington
Enzweiler Building Institute
$3,183,400Fund training for 240 Kenton County high school students and 400 Kenton County adults in skilled trades, including carpentry, facilities maintenance & remodeling, electric, HVAC, masonry, plumbing, welding and heritage trades through 2026
Life Learning Center$600,000Fund wraparound services to adult students participating in the Enzweiler skilled trades accelerated courses

Human services

Be Concerned$180,000Provide food and other items to keep its pantry stocked so that Kenton County families can count on continued access to staple items for the next three years
Children's Home of Northern Kentucky$242,500Fund technology and telehealth expansion along with facility renovations
Family Nurturing Center$500,000Fund construction of a new building to expand operations and services, increasing accessibility and enhancing the overall client experience
Go Pantry$367,400Fund costs of the GO Box food program for Kenton County students for 2023 through 2026
Master Provisions$415,000Add four modern refrigerated trailers and one container chassis to their fleet, expanding capacity for cold food storage to serve downstream food partners better
New Perceptions$18,000Fund industrial sweeper to eliminate hazards and provide an effective and efficient process for keeping the work area clean and sanitary
Northern Kentucky Children's Law Center$117,500Fund individualized legal assistance and group/community education workshops for vulnerable youth
Notre Dame Urban Education Center$30,000Fund the Homework Plus program for three years
Transitions KY$50,000Fund the renovation of 11 additional recovery housing beds for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder

Revenue replacement/employee retention

Kenton County$10,000,000Provide revenue replacement pursuant to federal regulations
Kenton County$2,717,354Support the retention of Kenton County employees

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