On January 27, the Gateway Board of Directors approved and submitted to KCTCS a Six-Year Capital Plan that included a top request for $62.8 million for the comprehensive urban campus and $11.8 million for renovation of the Urban Center facility (Two Rivers).
In December 2010, Dayton, Bellevue and Newport hosted community input forums to obtain feedback that will be used in continuing to plan the Urban Campus Project.
On September 1, 2010, Gateway buys the Two Rivers Middle School building.
In February and March 2010, the Covington Business Council, Center for Great Neighborhoods, the Covington Neighborhood Collaborative and Vision 2015 hosted community input forums to obtain feedback that will be used in continuing to plan the Urban Campus Project.
On December 9, 2009, KCTCS president Michael B. McCall and GCTC president Hughes presented an update of the project and the KCTCS advocacy campaign to a special meeting of the Covington Business Council attended by over 200 individuals.
In December, the college employed a project manager to expedite the planning and implementation of the Phase One move to Two Rivers Middle School.
On November 6, 2009, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education recommended the Gateway Urban Campus project to the Governor as the 14th priority overall for 2010-12 for new construction.
On October 1, 2009, Gateway entered into an agreement with the Covington Independent Public Schools to lease 55,000 square feet of space at the Two Rivers Middle School with occupancy anticipated in the spring 2010. CIPS relocated its alternative school to the third floor of Two Rivers in January 2010, and GCTC will relocate its Urban Center operations from a district-owned facility next to Holmes High School and its evening classes now housed at Holmes.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Regents recommended the Urban Campus as a top priority capital project to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on September 25, 2009. The Board requested $25.8 million for a new facility and authorization to use college and system funds to purchase and renovate the Two Rivers Middle School and plan the new Phase Two building.
The Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee, a group of business, government and community leaders from across the region, endorsed the Urban Campus project as a top capital construction request to the 2010 General Assembly. Read the endorsement in Where We Stand, a publication of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
On August 25, 2009, Dr. Hughes met with the Kenton County Fiscal Court to present the plan and seek its endorsement and input.
On June 18, 2009, Gateway Community and Technical College President Dr. G. Edward Hughes and Covington Mayor Denny Bowman met with Governor Steve Beshear regarding the Urban Campus project. The Governor indicated strong interest in supporting the concept.
The Covington City Commission adopted a resolution on May 26, 2009, endorsing the Urban Campus (OR 145-09).
The Covington Business Council endorsed the Urban Campus project on May 22, 2009.
The Urban Campus partnership was announced on May 22, 2009, at a press conference held at the Kenton County Public Library.