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KAED is the state’s premier organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating economic development in the Commonwealth.

The purpose of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) is to educate, advocate and connect our association members. Our membership covers all parts and aspects of the industry in Kentucky, from rural to urban areas. This allows us to provide a broad array of resources and expertise in the field of economic development.

We are an active presence at our state’s capital in Frankfort. Our staff and Public Policy Committee work year round with legislators and other business organizations to develop sound economic development policy. We provide our members with timely and pertinent legislative updates so that they are informed on how the actions in Frankfort will impact their communities.

The KAED staff, board members and committee members/volunteers of KAED are dedicated to providing leadership and a vision to advance economic development professionals and economic development.

Learn more about KAED and Membership Benefits

KAED members speak about the value of association

Listen to members share what the association means to them.

Our video was filmed on location at the 2016 KAED conference in Lexington by one of our very own members Michael Breeding.

If you’re interested in learning more about member benefits follow the link below.

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Latest News

Keeping You Connected – March News

March 2017 GOODE NEWS   Konnichiwa KAED members, Thanks to Ed Webb with the World Trade Center, David Carpenter with JASK and Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED) Secretary Terry Gill for leading our March Trade Mission to Japan with our KentuckyUnited team. Our meeting with the leaders of Japanese manufacturing showed that Kentucky will… Read more »

Keeping You Connected – Feb. 2017

February 2017 GOODE NEWS You know you’re 50 when you’re in an elevator and your favorite song comes on. You know you’re 50 when your back goes out more often than you do. You know you’re 50 when you have a party and the neighbors don’t even notice. You know you’re 50 when a kid… Read more »

Keeping You Connected – Jan. 2017

January 2017 GOODE NEWS  Nothing you can make that can’t be made.  No one you can save that can’t be saved.  Nothing you can do, but you can learn  How to be you in time  It’s easy.  All you need is love, all you need is love. McDonalds introduced the Big Mac, the first cash… Read more »