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January 2017


 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 point Automated Teller Machines (ATM) were put into service and the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in California featured some of the 60’s Icons including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Steve Miller Band, Simon & Garfunkel,  and the Grateful Dead. Otis Redding died in a plane crash at age 26; and of course who could forget the #1 from the Beatles “All you need is love”?   Born in 1967: Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Vanilla Ice. Also the birth of KAED in 1967. This year we will celebrate 50 years of KAED. What a ride!

On an industrial recruiting trip to New York in 1967, members of what was then known as the Kentucky Industrial Team decided a statewide industrial development group should be formed in the Commonwealth. The team members surmised that the formation of an association would enable Kentucky’s industrial development efforts to withstand changes in the preferences and priorities of each new Governor’s administration in Frankfort.

Later in the same year, an organizational meeting was held for the newly established Kentucky Industrial Development Council, KIDC. Approximately 40-50 people attended this meeting in Louisville at the Brown Hotel. Bylaws were adopted and Bruce Kennedy was elected President. Nick Kieffer, then Director of Industrial Development for L&N Railroad, was elected Vice-President, and Clarence Taylor was elected Secretary/Treasurer. This newly formed KIDC would later become today’s Kentucky Association for Economic Development, KAED.

KAED has been promoting the economic development profession, providing education and training opportunities for the economic development professional and influencing the economic development process in Kentucky for 50 years.  KAED will continue to be a key contributor to the economic well-being of our Commonwealth, the increased quality of life and standard of living for Kentuckians.

FYI, 1967 was also a good and bad year for Evil Knievel as Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row, then later in that year failed in his attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Not a goode day.

Thanks for your support and please contact me if you need anything.




2017 KAED Committees


At this week’s meeting, the Board of Directors reviewed the purpose of each committee and the particular focus for 2017. Please review the following committees and contact us if you would like to volunteer for one or more of these. The committee chairs would certainly appreciate your participation. Contact Cathy or Patti to volunteer for a committee. If you have questions about a particular committee, you may contact the Chair.

Marketing & Membership Committee  

The Sponsorship & Partnership Committee is now being incorporated into the Marketing & Membership Committee. As a result, there are two Chairs and two Co-Chairs listed – the chair and co-chair from each of the previously separate committees. Once the newly merged committee meets and discusses the organization of the new committee this may change.

The marketing committee cultivates the marketing strategy used to promote the organization’s mission and goals. Our basic marketing approach will focus on communications, public relations and membership retention. This committee will revisit, revise and implement new ideas to increase our brand using web based, print based and social media efforts, all the while developing strategies that encourage member involvement and investment in the organization’s mission. The committee will also develop new and innovative ways to attract new sponsors as well as retain current sponsors

Chair – Lynn Allen, 502/ 783-2525,

Chair – Donna Crooks, 270/ 826-7505,

Co-Chair – Tonita Goodwin, 606/ 439-6963,

Co-Chair – Tim Gibbs, 606/ 324-5111,

Community Development Committee

The KAED Community Development Committee promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings.

The KAED Community Development Committee seeks to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities. These skills are often created through the formation of social groups working for a common agenda. Economic developers must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities’ positions.

Chair – Brad Thomas, 859/ 595-6251,

Co-Chair – Sierra Enlow, 502/ 827-3332,

Public Policy Committee

The purpose of the Public Policy Committee is to assist the Board and the members of the organization in identifying, evaluating and reviewing social, political and related issues that could affect the Organization’s activities and ultimately our members’ success. KAED is quite active in Kentucky’s General Assembly and we continue to be sought out for support on items relating to business and economic development. This committee should assist the Board and its membership by reviewing management’s proposed actions to anticipate and adjust to such trends so as to more effectively achieve KAED’s long-term goals.

Chair – Brad Sowden, 859/ 367-5516,

Co-Chair – Tyler Glick, 502/500-3286,

Membership & Sponsorship Update


We are pleased  to have a solid start on membership and sponsorship recruitment for 2017. Our membership dues are quickly coming in with 67% of dues paid as of mid-January. We have 336 members who account for 517 representatives.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our Spring Conference, April 19-21, in Owensboro. If your company/association is interested in sponsorship, please email me and I will send you the details.

As previously mentioned, this year’s committees were recently fine-tuned and we hope that you will volunteer to be a part of those.

If you would like to renew your KAED membership, confirm who your organization has listed as representatives or have other questions, please let me know.