Renaissance Covington’s mission is to socially and economically activate downtown Covington by fostering community efforts and partnerships concentrating on organization, promotion, design, economic vitality, and creative enterprise for everyone. When we say that our mission is for everyone, we do not take that lightly. One of our core values is diversity and inclusion, and that value guides each facet of our work.
Renaissance transforms public spaces for everyone who lives, works, and plays in downtown Covington. Madlot on 7th and Washington was a dynamic public art and performance space that hosted programs and events that Covington will not soon forget (though we’ll miss the space, we’re interested to see the how the new housing development will bring more residents to the urban core). Curb’d, a downtown parklets project, created new public spaces for all families to enjoy throughout our downtown. The Madison Avenue Flower program continues to make our downtown a more welcoming place. The new The Look Here! project is a public commemoration of our city’s gorgeous architecture. Simply put, we believe everyone deserves great public spaces and a vibrant downtown community.
To intentionally create economic sustainability in downtown Covington for everyone, we use strategies that support new and budding business owners. Our pop-up markets and shops provide new and small business owners an opportunity to validate their business in a safe, low-risk and efficient way. We are proud that some of these businesses have since created brick and mortar stores, which has helped to stabilize property values and fill vacant storefronts. We are excited to be in the process of planning a free public WiFi initiative to ensure equitable access to the internet. Stay tuned for more in 2017!
Renaissance Covington also believes in hosting community events and public art that benefits all. Art off Pike has been a helpful in showcasing public art while providing emerging artists a venue to share their creative pieces. Similarly, the Covington Night Bazaar make the holidays brighter by both hosting free entertainment and providing local businesses an opportunity to share their wares and promote their businesses, while providing a unique shopping opportunity to the community. Finally, the Covington Farmers Market is our city’s public weekly farmers market that runs from October – May. The market hosts over 20 vendors each week, providing Covington greater access (as several of the vendors accept SNAP and WIC as well) to seasonal produce and other products like meats, flowers, coffee, and breads.
If you believe in a strong, vibrant, and inclusive downtown Covington, we hope you will join us by volunteering your time or investing in our mission. Together, we can spread the #covlove!
Keith Lanser has served on RCOV’s board since 2013, he previously served as Board Secretary, and currently serves Board Vice President. Keith serves on the executive committee of the board, and assists the organization with strategic planning and sustainability efforts. He is a resident of Covington, and works at Mount St. Joseph University as the Coordinator for Service Learning.