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Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette has been named the recipient of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious 2021 Next Generation Leader Award (NGLA)   in the Public Service & Community Based Organizations category.

 The NGLAs salute and applaud young professionals ages 40 and under for significant professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and community impact. 

“I believe we have a duty to leave this community better when we leave than when we got here,” Mayor Fette said. “If you have the time, the resources, or the talent to help your community, now is that time to stand up and get involved. Be bold, be fearless and go make a difference!”

The Chamber asked Mayor Fette the three words she would use to describe what it means to her to be recognized as an emerging regional leader.

“Curious, fearless and passionate,” she responded.

Following is the description of Mayor Fette’s background and accomplishments that are posted on the Chamber’ website:

A resident of Erlanger for 24 years, Mayor Jessica Fette has a longstanding record of bolstering the community through her service as a city leader and small business owner.

Earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), she served as an Erlanger City Council member from 2017-2019. During that time, she worked to create the police department’s Social Services Coordinator position, founded the Erlanger Business Council and advocated pension issues on the city’s behalf in Frankfort.

As Erlanger’s mayor, she has worked diligently with others to achieve several goals. These include moving the city’s fire/EMS department to full-time service, decreasing property and tangible taxes, creating the Legacy Business Incentive and Demo Revitalization grants. She has also completed two Young Leadership Academy of Erlanger sessions and serves as the chair of the city’s first and second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. events.