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Kentucky Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Kentucky economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Kentucky and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Kentucky.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

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Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development State 40601
State of Kentucky - official government website for all services, not just economic development State 40601
Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts - network of county economic development districts State 40601
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Chamber 502-695-4700
Bullitt County Economic Development Authority County 40165
Greater Louisville Inc. Metro 40202
Jeffersontown Economic Development Authority Local 40299
Morehead - Rowan County Economic Development Corp County 40351
Winchester & Clark County Ind. Authority County 40391
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Utility 40391
LG&E Energy - regional utility for western Kentucky now owned by German utility e-On Utility 40507 Lisa Payne - contacts

Capital Community Economic / Industrial Development Authority, Frankfort KY City 40601 502-226-5611 
Corbin Economic Development Agency, Corbin KY Local 40701 606-528-6390
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp, London KY Region 40743 606-864-5175
Madison E-Zone - business accelerator in Covington KY for mentoring support of technology start-ups - as the Innovation and Commercialization Center (ICC) for Northern Kentucky Local 41011 859-292-8444
Northern Kentucky/ Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Covington KY area - serves Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties Region 41017 859-344-0040
Northern Kentucky Area Development District - multi county area, in Florence KY - serves Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton counties Region 41042 606-283-1885
Ashland Alliance - Chamber of Commerce, Regional Development Partnership - City of Ashland, Boyd and Greenup Counties Chamber 41105 606-324-5111
City of Ashland Economic Development City 41105 606-327-2005
FIVCO Area Development District - Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties Region 41129 606-739-5191
EastPark - Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Park Authority, in Russell KY Region 41169 606-833-1997
Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pikeville KY Chamber 41501 606-432-5504
East Kentucky Corporation, Hazard KY Region 41702

Tom Jones

Greater Paducah Economic Development - McCracken County County 42002

Wayne Sterling

George Harben

Caldwell Lyon Partnership,  Eddyville KY Local 42038

Jim Moore


West Kentucky Corp. - was disbanded - no new regional organization identified for this area as of Nov 2005, so refer to local or state-level contacts for this region of the state Region 42071   website discontinued
South Central Kentucky - Bowling Green Region 42102 270-781-3200
Bowling Green Area Chamber City 42104
Glasgow - Barren County Chamber of Commerce County 42141 270-651-3161
Glasgow/Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority - Glasgow KY County 42142 270-651-6314
South Kentucky Industrial Development Assn, Hopkinsville KY Region 42241

Sherman Chaudoin

Henderson Economic Development Council Local 42419
Southern Kentucky Economic Development Corp. Somerset Region 42502
Somerset - Pulaski County Development Foundation County 42502
Elizabethtown - Hardin County Industrial Foundation County 42701

"Rick" Games

Elizabethtown - Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Chamber 42701 270-765-4334
Lincoln Trail Area Development District - Elizabethtown KY Planning 42701 270-769-2393
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above links to the websites of many Kentucky economic development organizations (EDO) and provides contacts and Area Profiles, Surveys, or other available content about KY as a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the KY and larger Great Lakes region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices

Global directory: see other regional economic development or professional contacts

Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

We provide personal introductory referrals to such contacts and other assistance according to the direct investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.  Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.

Contact information for relationship leaders at Global Direct Investment Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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