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May 2017




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 things to say about the conference and Owensboro as our host.  Thanks to Madison Silvert and his team of Becky, Garrick, Joe and Mason – you guys are awesome.  Also, thanks to the KAED team of Cathy, Katie and Patti; they never back up from a challenge and did an outstanding job. View photos from the conference here.


The KAED Foundation (KAEDF) is embarking on a journey and we want you to come along.  For 31 years our friend Wayne Foster has led the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development (KIED).   The KAEDF recently acquired KIED and our office will proudly be working the 32nd KIED this year August 21-24 at the Hilton Suites Lexington Green in Lexington.   KIED is the first step for becoming a certified economic developer and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.  Please contact our office if you have any questions about this program.  We are excited about continuing the work Wayne Foster began.   Look for registration to begin soon.


Don’t forget: here are KAED we are always asked about sponsoring our many events. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Cathy, Katie or me regarding sponsorship opportunities for the many programs that KAED & KentuckyUnited will host the remainder of 2017.


As always, please contact me if you have any questions or if I can help with anything,



Economic Development Scholarships


KAED is proud to recognize its members for excellence in promoting economic development in Kentucky and supports the continued education of its members through a variety of scholarship programs and award recognition.


Economic & Community Development Training


The Basic Economic Development Course, offered by the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development (KIED), a prerequisite to the Economic Development Institute (EDI), is held each summer in Lexington and is scheduled for August 21-24, 2017.


The KAED Foundation awards up to two scholarships to KIED as part of its mission to develop professional skills.


2017 KAED Foundation KIED Scholarship Form

Scholarship Application

Deadline: June 2, 2017


Scholarship Application Requirements

  • Applicant must be a current member of KAED
  • Applicant must submit a completed application
  • Applicant must submit a current resume



Save the Dates 

for KAED Upcoming Events

  • KIED – August 21-24, 2017 – Lexington
  • KAED Best Practices  – September 21, 2017 – Shelbyville
  • KAED Jesse Puckett Memorial Golf Scramble – September 22, 2017 – Shelbyville
  • KAED Fall Conference – “Celebrating 50 Years” –  November 8-10, 2017 – Bowling Green




Economic Development Training for Elected Officials

June 26-27, 2017


Henderson Community College

Sullivan Tech Center Room 310

RSVP online

Continuing Education Credits are Pending! 


We are pleased to announce that the International Economic Development Council will be hosting economic development and resiliency training for local elected and appointed leaders in Western Kentucky this year. Training will be held in Henderson, KY on June 26-27. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn more about how you can be a champion for economic development. Effective local leadership is crucial to economic development, disaster resilience, and economic recovery activities in Delta communities. Elected and appointed officials play a unique and critical role in coordinating public resources and agencies in your community.


You can make a difference in supporting job creation, acting as an effective bridge between the public and private sectors, responding to disasters, and helping businesses recover in the event of an economic or natural disaster. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.


With the generous support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration and in partnership with Kyndle and the Delta Regional Authority, IEDC is offering this course exclusively to city, county, and regional leaders, so be sure to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to learn more about the role you can play to promote a healthy economy for your constituents and community members.


Locally Sponsored by Green River Area Development District


Kentucky: Where Business & Agriculture Partner for Growth


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development have collaborated on a publication that shows the Commonwealth’s assets as a location for agriculture- and food-related businesses.


“Kentucky caters to the food and beverage industry: Where business and agriculture partner for growth” is available in print and can be downloaded here.


“Kentucky’s climate, soils, location, infrastructure, workforce, and low energy costs make it an ideal location for any food-production business,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This publication will show business prospects that Kentucky has everything they need to succeed.”


Among the facts in the publication:

  • Kentucky is within one day’s drive or a two-hour flight from two-thirds of the U.S. population.
  • Kentucky is a major poultry- and egg-producing state with more than $1 billion in farm cash receipts a year.
  • Kentucky is the leading beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River.
  • Kentucky is in the top 15 states in the production of corn, soybeans, and wheat.
  • Kentucky’s labor costs are 18 percent below the U.S. average.
  • Kentucky is a “right to work” state as a result of legislation passed in the 2017 state legislative session
  • Kentucky’s industrial electricity rates are among the lowest in the nation.
  • Kentucky is home to UPS and DHL cargo hubs with a third global hub, Amazon Prime Air, announced in 2017.

“Kentucky has a rich agricultural heritage, but we also are well-positioned for a prosperous future,” Commissioner Quarles said. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development stand ready to work with food and beverage businesses that want to make this their new Kentucky home!”



2017 SEDC Annual Conference

August 20-22, 2017 

Charlotte, North Carolina


The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) conference committee is very excited to be bringing this event to Charlotte. This year’s theme is Redefining Competitiveness!


Find conference registration and schedule information here.