COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A business improvement district has formed in Covington.

The first sign of the new organization is a cleaner downtown. Four men clad in yellow could recently be seen recently picking up litter along the sides of roads. Matthew Cosgrave, who was one of the workers, told The Kentucky Enquirer that the group found cigarette butts, plastic soda bottles, cans and cups.

The district will also market the downtown area in an effort to boost business and property values.

The organization, which is led by the Urban Partnership, will employ workers to clean Covington streets from Martin Luther King Boulevard north to the Ohio River and from the Licking River west to Interstate 75.