GE Aviation partners with NASA

NASA has chosen GE Aviation as one of the companies to develop electric propulsion technologies for aircraft. GE Aviation and Redmond, WA-based MagniX were awarded $253.4 million to do ground and flight test demonstrations as well as collaborate with NASA on other projects. GE Aviation received $179 million of the money.

Amazon Air at CVG

Amazon Air, the e-commerce giant’s 5-year-old cargo airline, is operating a 800,000-square-foot sorting center in the 600 acres along the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) southern boundary. The $1.5 billion hub will eventually handle enough goods to fill 75 to 100 flights a day within a few years and will create more than 2,000 jobs.

Miami to build new data science facility

The Miami University Board of Trustees approved the construction budget for a new data science facility. The new facility will house departments and programs related to analytics and data science, business opportunities for non-business students, and a Center for Cybersecurity.

NKU to open small business support center

Northern Kentucky University is transitioning its SBDC operations to the Kentucky Small Business Development (KSBDC) network, hosted by the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. By next July, NKU plans to open its own small business support center with a focus on family-run enterprises, underrepresented small businesses and rural small business throughout the tri-state area.

Cincy police use new tech

Cincinnati police are using new technology to reach mental health professionals while on scenes. Previously officers relied on mobile phones to reach mental health professionals at crisis scenes. Now they have iPad tablets that allow them to communicate with the professionals but also allow an individual needing mental assistance to see the person who is providing assistance.

Reskilling non-tech employees

Apprenti Cincinnati is partnering with Total Quality Logistics, a freight brokerage and third-party logistics firm, in an IT apprenticeship upskilling program offered by the Cincinnati Chamber. The TQL IT Apprenticeship Program is a unique approach to reskilling non-tech employees into tech roles by using a recurring cohort model.