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Advocate. Educate. Connect.

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

Welcome Message from KAED President/CEO

KAED President/CEO Matt Tackett & Family Hello, KAED, and thank you for welcoming me as the newest member of your Association family. I am grateful to work with you, as this is an exciting time to be part of KAED. More importantly, this is an exciting time to be a Kentuckian. Because of the great… Read more »

Keeping You Connected – June 2017

June 2017   GOODE NEWS   Hope everyone is having a great summer. Here at KAED our focus is on the great programs KAED has coming up: KIED, Best Practices, Golf Scramble and the TVA Fall Conference in Bowling Green.  Additionally, we are expecting a special session of the General Assembly – please read below… Read more »

Keeping You Connected – May 2017

May 2017   GOODE NEWS   A note of thanks to all who attended the Spring Conference in Owensboro.   A new record of 185 registrations is a great feat and the agenda was unbelievable.  I heard from many who attended about the quality of subject matter for the conference.  Our survey also had many positive… Read more »