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Appalachia Kentucky is home to a highly-skilled and motivated workforce. From the natural resources sector to advanced manufacturing, the workforce of the region has the ingenuity to thrive and compete in a 21st Century economy. Appalachia Kentucky is home to two of the nation’s five AeroReady regions (Ashland Alliance and ONE East Kentucky. The region is also home to competitive industrial sites and existing structures that could competitively place your business or industry within one day’s drive to 70% of the U.S. Population. There are 71 tracts in 47 counties in Appalachia Kentucky that qualify as Opportunity Zones by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Since, 1996, the Center for Rural Development has provided leadership that has stimulated innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky
The Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) is a non-profit economic development organization serving 45 counties in Southeast Kentucky. SKED works directly with individual companies, their consultants and advisors to provide a wide range of services. Our services are provided on a free and confidential basis. We are a one-stop resource for: Site selection assistance, incentive and business tax information, business financing, business advice and training, key contacts in business and local government, demographic, wage and economic data, navigation through local government requirements, access to workforce training and recruitment resources, entrepreneurial/new small business startup training, established business growth and expansion support, diversified loan programs, partnership lending with banks and other non-profit organizations. SKED is a designated Certified Development Corporation (CDC) by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This designation authorizes SKED to process SBA 504 loans throughout the state of Kentucky. The 504 Loan Program is SBA's economic development tool to provide small business financing and create jobs all across America.
The Ashland Alliance Corporation aims to advance the economic development and business prosperity of Boyd and Greenup counties and the surrounding region by: Aggressively pursuing job creation opportunities and job retention programs; promoting capital investment in the area by both public and private sources.; fostering a business climate leading to increased trade and commerce among its members; initiating and supporting civil, social, cultural and educational programs designed to increase the quality of life in the area; and providing a unified voice and point of focus for coordinating efforts with external parties.
The exclusive mission of One East Kentucky is to recruit industry and investment to a nine-county region in Eastern Kentucky through the implementation of annual Economic Development Strategies. The organization is a partnership of private businesses, communities and chambers of commerce. The organization, through support from various partners, conducted the East KY Works report which highlights the available and highly-skilled workforce of the ONE East Kentucky region.
Whether you are an existing business in Kentucky with an opportunity to expand or a company evaluating Kentucky for a new business location, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is a single point of contact to provide comprehensive, accurate, and timely information.