Larisa Sims Wins Legacy’s Next Generation Leader Award: Government & Public Affairs

Larisa Sims, Assistant City Manager in Covington, has received a prestigious award from Legacy; the premier organization for young professionals in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. Nominated by her peers, Larisa was named the Legacy Next Generation Leader in the Government & Public Affairs category at the annual Legacy Leadership awards ceremony in July.

In her present role, Larisa oversees and provides strategic focus for planning, zoning, historic preservation, economic development, code enforcement, housing, recreation, business recruitment and retention and engineering activities in the City.

She is in charge of the City’s riverfront development project and has successfully facilitated other development projects throughout downtown such as the Mutual Building, the Kentucky Career Center relocation, and the remediation of 20 West 18th Street for the Life Learning Center relocation and expansion.

“We are proud of Larisa’s recognition,” said City Manager Larry Klein.

Larisa previously worked as Regional Planning Manager at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) in Cincinnati. Larisa has 15 years of experience at the local and regional government level, and has been with the City of Covington since 2009.

Larisa served as the first woman president for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is still active in the organization, representing it on the Kentucky League of Cities Board of Directors. She has also served on the National Planning Accreditation Board, establishing criteria for accreditation for planning programs throughout the nation, and evaluating and recognizing educational institutions and professional programs for performance and quality. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

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About Legacy

Legacy was created as an initiative of Forward Quest on January 1, 2000. The purpose behind Legacy’s creations was to provide a forum that would offer the next generation of leaders the support and development needed to be successful in their careers and personal life while contributing positively to the region. Since that time Legacy has engaged with the Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY region by efforts such as Paint the Town, Legacy 5K Rock and Run, mentoring, and professional development sessions. Legacy partnered with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on January 1, 2008 in performance and fulfillment of its mission. Learn more at