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June 2017




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 and get involved.  As I have said many times, we don’t want to do this without you!


As you are aware, Governor Bevin announced that there is a 100% chance of a special session and right now it could be after August 15th. Our KAED Public Policy team is preparing for the called special session and will be reconvening soon.   There will be two issues to tackle, as Governor Bevin views them as intertwined: pension and tax reform.   We want your input, so feel free to reach out as this event is looking more likely.   I have been asked how a special session works.  Section 80 of the Kentucky Constitution authorizes the governor to issue a proclamation calling the General Assembly into “extraordinary session.”  He/she must state the subject(s) to be considered by the legislature, but that is where the governor’s authority ends.  Once the two chambers gavel in, they control the pace of the session and the time of adjournment.  However, they cannot add any new subjects beyond those initially chosen by the governor.


As always, please contact me if you have any questions or if you need anything.




Back in Shelbyville!  

2017 Best Practices & 

Jesse L. Puckett Memorial 

Golf Scramble 


Well, I’ve gone and done it!! I said yes!


They pulled me out of retirement. As you know, KAED is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and here at the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation we are celebrating our 60th Anniversary. What better way to celebrate both of these accomplishments than to bring the Jesse L. Puckett Memorial Golf Scramble back to Shelbyville?


Another reason to celebrate (if the above is not enough): this is the 25th Anniversary of the golf scramble. Little did we know back in 1992 that this event would be so successful. Just think of all the long drives, short putts and wonderful networking opportunities that have occurred over these years. Not to mention some really great fun!!


We are upping our game this time around. We are hosting “Best Practices” here the day before the golf scramble with a focus on the very timely topic of “Workforce.” Together let’s work towards solutions.


So, mark your calendars. Shake off your sponsorships, shine your clubs and let’s have a fabulous time back in Shelbyville.


Best Practices – “Workforce”

Thursday, September 21st


Golf Scramble

Friday, September 22nd


Watch for additional information coming soon.


Libby Adams

Executive Director

Shelby Co. Industrial & Development Foundation, Inc.



Register Now Online: 

Basic Economic Development Course 

Offered by the 

Kentucky Institute for Economic Development 


Registration is open for the Basic Economic Development Course offered by the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development (KIED) in Lexington, August 21-24, 2017.


The KIED educates participants in the fundamentals and emerging concepts of comprehensive economic development. The KIED is accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the nation’s largest membership organization for economic developers. This course counts towards the requirements for the Certified Economic Developer designation.


Topics that will be covered:

  • Marketing & Attraction
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Real Estate Development
  • Managing an Economic Development Organization
  • Ethics in Economic Development


Course Details

  • Dates: Monday – Thursday, Aug. 21-24
  • Course Price: $645 (if paid by July 22); $695 (paid after July 22). See scholarship info below. 
  • Location: Hilton Suites Lexington Green, 245 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington KY 40503
  • Hotel Rooms: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Suites Lexington Green for $119 (single or double room, excluding taxes.) Contact the hotel directly at 859.271.4000 and mention the KIED Course to obtain this rate.

To register for the course, visit the KAED website event calendar.


We look forward to the 32nd Annual KIED Course and hope to see you there. If you have questions, please contact us at 502.227.9653.



Scholarship Applications 


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


KAED Foundation 

2017 KIED Scholarship Form

Scholarship Application


Extended Deadline: June 30, 217


Scholarship Application Requirements

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


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June Events Linking Agriculture with Manufacturing 


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has teamed with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers to host three forums this month that link agriculture with the manufacturing sector.  Below is a listing of the meeting dates and locations.  KAED members are invited and encouraged to attend one of the sessions as  these groups work to further expand the utilization of agricultural products within the manufacturing sector.


Purpose: Manufacturing encompasses our state’s largest employment sector and generates a GDP of over $30 billion dollars.  Kentucky’s food manufacturers employ over 20,000 personnel and add value to a multitude of agricultural commodities, many of which are, or could be, grown on Kentucky farms.  Over $6 billion in food, beverage, and tobacco products were produced in our Commonwealth’s manufacturing facilities in 2012.  Kentucky’s manufacturers exported over $25 billion worth of goods in 2014.  The meetings will serve as networking opportunities to connect the Department of Agriculture with key industry, economic development, and community leadership to strengthen collaborations and foster greater utilization of Kentucky agricultural resources within the manufacturing sector.


Dates & Venues


June 27, 2017

Bath County Cooperative Extension Ag Center

2914 E Hwy 60

Owingsville, KY 40360-8815


June 28, 2017

Jeptha Creed Distillery

500 Gordon Lane

Shelbyville, KY 40065


June 29, 2017

University of Kentucky Research & Education Ctr.

1205 Hopkinsville Street

Princeton, KY 42445-0469


Those interested in attending any of the forums need to registered by June 20. Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive at 10:30 AM local time to meet and network with fellow attendees. The program will start promptly at 10:45 AM. Lunch, featuring locally sourced farm ingredients, will be served at 11:45 AM and the program will conclude at 1:00 PM. Two panel discussions, one from the ag producers’ perspective and one from the manufacturers’ perspective, will be included. Attendees wishing to tour Jeptha Creed Distillery after the forum in Shelbyville need to add this request in the note section of their registration.


There is no cost to attend these forums, but seating is limited and you must be registered! Please click HERE to register for one or more of these events!