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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 News – 7-22-2016

Lunch with Warren Beeler in Mt. Sterling   KAED will host the annual Economic Development Best Practices Summit on Thursday, August 11th at the Clay Community Center in Mt. Sterling.  You will have the opportunity to have lunch with Warren Beeler, the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy.  Warren lives on a 250 acre… Read more »

Keeping You Connected – July 2016

July 2016 Goode News   When I think of summer, I love to think of those great summer songs.  I know our many “KAED Karaoke Singers” know the lyrics to many of them.   My favorites include “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran; “Summer Breeze,” Seals & Crofts; or “Saturday In The Park,” Chicago.  In the mid-’80s rocker… Read more »

KAED News

  Reminder To Register – Early Bird Rate Ends July 29th!   KAED will host the annual Economic Development Best Practices Summit on Thursday, August 11th at the Clay Community Center in Mt. Sterling.  The focus of this year’s event is “Growing Your Own”, with topics on Developing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Place Making.  Check out… Read more »