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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.

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Latest News

KAED Public Policy – Governor Bevin’s Vetoes 4-29-16

Kentuckians will not have a new driver’s license, some high school graduates will have to wait for free college tuition and some parents won’t be able to send their children to public preschool programs after Gov. Matt Bevin issued his final round of vetoes on Wednesday evening. The first-term Republican governor vetoed all or parts… Read more »

2016 KAED Spring Conference Speaker Presentations

Below are the speaker presentations from the 2016 KAED Spring Conference held in Pikeville. Thanks again to Brad Hall, Kentucky Power, Elizabeth Thompson & Donovan Blackburn, City of Pikeville, Tony Tackett, Pikeville Tourism, Tyler Glick, Glick Strategies and Chuck Sexton, One East Kentucky for making the KAED attendees feel welcome. If you have any questions… Read more »


KAED Spring Conference KAED hosted the 2016 Spring Conference in Pikeville presented by Kentucky Power last week and we are calling it a huge success.  With over 130 registered attendees, informative presentations, generous sponsors and a rockin’ band, Pikeville rolled out the red carpet for our group!  Thank you to everyone who sponsored and attended… Read more »