JNC Travel Information

Meeting Location

FEDCON U.S. only sessions (August 24-26) will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center (NKCC), in Covington, Kentucky. The classified session (August 27) will be held at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio.

Transportation Information

Flying to NKY

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is situated 12 miles (15 minutes) from the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, and is located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.

Ground Transport from the Airport

  • Hotel Shuttle: At this time, none of the official conference hotels offers airport shuttle service.
  • Lyft and Uber are authorized to operate at CVG.
  • Taxi Service is available at baggage claim door 5. Average fare to Covington is about $34.
  • Rental Cars: Catch a shuttle from baggage claim to one of ten available rental car companies. Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.
  • Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK): Board the TANK Airporter (route 2X) bus at the east end of baggage claim. Ride to the Covington Transit Center. 22 minute ride, cost is $2. From the Covington Transit Center stop, walk 500 feet to the Marriott or Embassy Suites, and 0.5 miles to Courtyard or Holiday Inn.

Parking Around the Convention Center/Conference Hotels

Parking is avaialble at each conference hotel, and at several nearby parking garages. The nearest parking garage to the NKCC is the Kenton County Parking garage located at 220 Madison Ave.Covington, KY 41011. 500 spaces are avaialble to the public during daytime business hours, and parking is $2 an hour with a daily max of $10. More parking options are avaialble here: https://www.nkycc.com/page/about-us/#parking

Getting Around Once You're Here

ThJNC20-Trolleye Southbank Shuttle Trolley travels the riverfront cities of Covington, Newport and downtown Cincinnati, making travel between entertainment venues, sports arenas, shopping and dining favorites and cultural destinations so easy! Trips are $1 each. Download the map and more information here. 

  • Nearest Trolley Station to Courtyard/Holiday Inn: West 3rd & Philadelphia (half a block walk)
  • Nearest Trolley Station to Marriott/Embassy Suites/NKCC: Rivercenter and Madison (in front of the Marriott/Embassy Suites)

JNC20-BikeCincy Red Bike is the region's Bike Share program with 57 stations and 442 bikes in Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue. A convenient, low cost, healthy and green transportation system, Red Bike is designed for short, point-to-point trips, and provides a different perspective of the city for riders. Pricing is $3 per 20 minutes or $10 per 24 hours. You will need a valid credit card, along with zip code and phone number (mobile preferred for SMS notifications and optional 2-step verification bike checkout). Download the map and more information here. 

  • Nearest Red Bike Station to Courtyard/Holiday Inn: West 3rd & Bakewell (half a block walk)
  • Nearest Red Bike Station to Marriott/Embassy Suites/NKCC: 2 E Rivercenter Blvd (in front of the Marriott/Embassy Suites)

About Northern Kentucky (NKY)

Northern Kentucky, the top of the South & the end of the North, is perfectly situated along the Ohio River across from big sister Cincinnati. Encompassing the historic towns of Newport and Covington as well as the suburban centers along the Covington/Cincinnati International Airport, NKY is a strong part of the Cincinnati USA region with its roots firmly planted in Kentucky. Northern Kentucky is less than a half-day car ride, and a two-hour flight from 60% of the U.S. population!

NKY shares a riverfront with Cincinnati. From hotels in Covington or Newport, it’s only a 10-minute walk across a bridge to all the nightlife, hustle & bustle of downtown Cincinnati.


The average August high in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky metro area is 84°F, and the average low is 66°F


NKY's booming restaurant scene boasts everything from gourmet hot dogs and French pot ice cream to Bouillabaisse and celebrity steaks. Check out the local offerings with a printable dining map and searchable dining website.

Want to Know More?

Northern Kentucky, the top of the South & the end of the North, is perfectly situated along the Ohio River across from big sister Cincinnati. Encompassing the historic towns of Newport and Covington as well as the suburban centers along the Covington/Cincinnati International Airport (CVG), NKY is a strong part of the Cincinnati USA region with its roots firmly planted in Kentucky.

NKY shares a riverfront with Cincinnati. From your hotel in Covington, it’s only a 10-minute walk across a bridge to all the nightlife, hustle & bustle of downtown Cincinnati.

The riverfront hotels are within a half-mile of 45 restaurants and close to countless culinary talent. Nearby Mainstrasse Village is a German-influenced cobblestoned neighborhood known for street festivals, pub dining and quirky boutiques & shops and has recently elevated to one of the region’s go-to urban neighborhoods for foodies & culinary fun-seekers. Learn about the region’s rich history in Bourbon & Brewing. Take a tour & cooking class on the Craft Bourbon Trail at New Riff Distilling or embark on a historic underground brewery tour.

Don’t let the history lessons fool you – NKY has no shortage of fun for outdoor adventurists! After JNC, arrange a skiing & tubing trip to Perfect North Slopes, be your own riverboat captain aboard a BB Riverboats cruise, soar through the trees at Screaming Raptor Ziplines or live your childhood figure-skating dream on the ice rink at Fountain Square (weather permitting).

There are thrills to be had indoors too! Visit the Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, American Sign Museum or Ark Encounter. You won’t be disappointed with the share-worthy selfies you’re sure to capture!

Sports reign in NKY & Cincinnati with two professional sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as one of the fastest growing soccer franchises in the U.S., FC Cincinnati. Plan a visit to the Reds Hall of Fame or take a behind-the-scenes tour of Great American Ballpark. With NKY's vibrant Arts community, visitors can take in a Broadway show at the Aronoff Center, listen to an amazing outdoor concert during the Kentucky Sympony Orchestra summer series, see a production at the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or Cincinnati Opera (one of the oldest and most highly regarded opera companies in the U.S.) (Download this section of text courtesy of MeetNKY: Top Things to See and Do - NKY in a Nutshell)

Additional Links and Info:

Attendee Safety Guidelines

As a general rule, please use common sense when traveling to and attending the event. If you need assistance at any time, please reach out to the ION at 703-366-2723 or registration@ion.org.

Before the Event: Travel Safety Considerations

  • Be sure to write down the name and contact information for all key venues:

  Conference Venue
  (FEDCON U.S. Only)

  Northen Kentucky Convention Center
  1 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011
  Phone: 859-261-1500

  Conference Venue
  Air Force Institute of Technology
  2950 Hobson Way
  WPAFB, OH 45433
  Hotel   Cincinnati Marriott RiverCenter
  10 W Rivercenter Blvd
  Covington, KY 41011
  Phone: 859-261-2900
  Hotel   Embassy Suites Cincinnati RiverCenter
  10 E Rivercenter Blvd
  Covington, KY 41011
  Phone: 859-261-8400
  Hotel   Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront
  600 W Third Street
  Covington, KY 41011
  Phone: 859-291-4300

  Courtyard Cincinnati Covington
  500 West 3rd Street
  Covington, KY 41011
  Phone: 859-491-4000


  • Share travel plans with a friend or family member, including dates, flight (or other transport) information, and your lodging information.
  • Research your destination and familiarize yourself with requirements for entry/exit, visas, local laws, customs, medical care etc. 
  • If traveling abroad, note the location of the embassy or consulate of your home country. 
  • Inform your financial institutions of your travels and familiarize yourself with the local currency.
  • Keep a sufficient supply of medications in your carry-on luggage
  • Make at least two photocopies of all your travel documents (passport, driver’s license, etc.). Leave one set with a trusted person at home and carry the other separately from your original documents.
  • Keep your passport separate from your wallet; do not carry your passport in your back pocket.

During the Event: Safety Considerations

  • Protect your identity. Wear your name badge only inside the meeting and convention facility
  • Plan for an emergency. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the nearest exists are located. Use the buddy system. Exchange contact information with another meeting attendee. In the event of an emergency, agree where you will meet up. Call for help if your buddy doesn’t meet up at the agreed location within a reasonable amount of time.
  • See something, say something. If you see something that raises a safety or security concern, please say something
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.  Avoid leaving bags out of sight
  • Report any lost/stolen items immediately to local authorities. Promptly cancel any lost or stolen credit cards.
  • Do not leave beverages unattended; do not accept food or drinks from people you do not know
  • Lock your vehicle and secure any valuables 
  • Do not write your room number on your hotel key

Emergency Evacuations

  • If you hear an alarm, please evacuate the facility immediately in a calm and orderly fashion. Pay close attention to your surroundings.
  • Follow all directions from emergency personnel and event staff.

Local Medical Facilities

Below is a list of the closest hospital and urgent care centers to the conference venue.


  St. Elizabeth Covington Hospital 
  1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, Covington, KY 41011 (2 mi.)
  Phone: 859-655-8800

  The Christ Hospital 
  2139 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (4.6 mi.)
  Phone: 513-585-2000

  Urgent Care

  Mt. Auburn Urgent Care
  2230 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (4.3 mi.)
  Phone: 513-621-2200
  Open daily, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  Newport/Ft. Thomas Urgent Care - St. Elizabeth Physicians
  1400 N Grand Ave, Newport, KY 41075 (5.2 mi.)
  Phone: 859-905-3070 
  Open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.