Fayette County / Lexington, KY

We’re pretty smart cookies. Nearly 42% of our population has a bachelor’s degree or higher making us not only the smartest city in Kentucky, but the 11th most educated city in the nation. Home to 10 colleges and universities including the state’s flagship, University of Kentucky.

  • Location, Location, Location – Lexington is located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and Interstate 64 and within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population.
  • Access to three major airports – Blue Grass Airport and within an hour’s drive the Louisville and Cincinnati airports.
  • Home to many iconic brands including Lexmark, Conduent, HP, Tiffany & Co., and Jif Peanut Butter.
  • Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World and was home to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland.

Gina Greathouse

Commerce Lexington Inc.

Scott County / Georgetown, KY

The “Disputed” Birthplace of Bourbon. The invention of bourbon is often attributed to Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister and distiller, who is also said to have been the first to age the product in charred oak casks, a process which gives bourbon its reddish color and distinctive taste.

  • Manufacturing home of America’s #1 bestselling sedan - the Toyota Camry.
  • Home of the first U. S. built Lexus vehicle (the luxury ES 350).
  • Home of Georgetown College – founded 1829.
  • Site of the regional Bluegrass Community and Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Center.

Jack Conner

Scott County United, Inc.

Clark County / Winchester, KY

Birthplace of Beer Cheese! Home of Kentucky’s Original soft drink – ALE-8-1! Childhood home of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah!

  • 2,500 new jobs created in last 10 years.
  • 17 new industry locations.
  • 21 expansions.
  • Located on Interstate 64

Todd Denham

Winchester-Clark County Industrial Authority

Madison County / Richmond, KY

There are many great reasons to locate in Richmond, Madison County including low cost of living, affordable housing, scenic landscape, and great quality of life.

  • Richmond is a certified Kentucky Work Ready Community.
  • Richmond Industrial Park, a 187 acre park, is 3 miles from Interstate 75 with access to Interstate 64 that can connect to global markets.
  • Home of Eastern Kentucky University, enrollment of 16,000 and offers 165 degree programs leading to associate’s. Has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges.
  • Richmond has a unique blend of warmth and small–town friendliness with the advantages of a big city including shopping, entertainment, recreational activities and fine dining.

David Stipes

Richmond Industrial Development Corporation

Madison County / Berea, KY

Well known for being the best place in Kentucky to find handmade arts and crafts, Berea is much more than meets the eye. An ideal retail destination for tourism, local foods, outdoor recreation, and shopping. Berea is also:

  • Home to Hitachi Automotive, Hyster-Yale, and six other industrial manufacturers creating over 3,500 jobs. The industrial park has over 400 acres of industrial zoned property available within minutes of I-75.
  • Kentucky's Folk Art and Craft Capital and home to over 40 unique working artist and galleries, and voted the best place to find “Made in Kentucky” items by Kentucky Living Magazine.
  • Home to Berea College, US News & World Report’s top ranked Liberal Arts College in the South.
  • Only a few minutes away from several outdoor recreation opportunities including the Pinnacles at Indian Fort, Anglin Falls, Owsley Fork Reservoir, Daniel Boone Trace, and the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.

Danny Isaacs

City of Berea – Business & Economic Development

Bourbon County / Paris, KY

Horses – History – Hospitality. Birthplace of Hunt Brother's Pizza and Mingua Beef Jerky.

  • Located 20 minutes from Lexington.
  • Over a dozen industry expansions in the last 5 years.
  • 92.7% graduation rate at Bourbon County High School, higher than the state average.
  • Historic downtown entertainment district featuring vibrant retail establishments, restaurants, distillery, and a brewery.

Gordon Wilson

Paris-Bourbon County Economic Development Authority

Montgomery County / Mt. Sterling, KY

100% of all Hot Pockets are made in Mt. Sterling, KY.

  • Third fastest growing county in the state of Kentucky.
  • Ranked in the top ten communities in the South worth a visit.
  • More people commute into Montgomery County to work than out.
  • Montgomery County High School is ranked in the top 10% in Kentucky.

Sandy Romenesko

Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Industrial Authority & Chamber

Woodford County / Versailles and Midway, KY

Bourbon, wines and bloodlines. Small town feel you want…Urban access you need.

  • Located in the center of the Bourbon Trail and home to Woodford Reserve and Castle and Key.
  • Woodford County High School ranked 7th best in the state of Kentucky.
  • Designated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Work Ready Community.
  • Over $250 million in committed industrial investment in the last 24 months that will create over 700 jobs.

John Soper

Woodford Economic Development Authority

Franklin County / Frankfort, KY

Through partnerships, we seek to build a community that is globally competitive as a place to live, work and do business.

  • Located 20 minutes west of Lexington, 30 minutes east of Louisville and about an hour south of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, businesses in Frankfort enjoy outstanding access to air, waterways, rail and major highways.
  • Frankfort-Franklin County Business Park and Industrial Park #3 has some of the lowest utility costs in the country and has the fiber-optic infrastructure in place to provide the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.
  • Our workforce and employers have access to 41 four-year colleges and universities, 32 two-year colleges and 19 technical schools within 60 miles of Frankfort.
  • Frankfort is home to the Buffalo Trace Distillery, a National Historic Landmark with the distinction of being the first ever distillery to ship bourbon down the Mississippi River. Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its over 200 year history of producing spirits in Frankfort and is recognized as a worldwide winner of more than 40 awards for its bourbon.

Terri Bradshaw, President and CEO

Kentucky Capital Development Corporation

Jessamine County / Nicholasville, KY

Jessamine County is home of oldest Winery in the United States (Chrisman Mill Winery) and Kentucky’s oldest continually operating business (Valley View Ferry).

  • Over 275 acres of industrially zoned property
  • 14 Miles from Blue Grass Airport and 18 miles from the intersection of I-64 and I-75
  • Headquarters of Alltech, Inc. and RJ Corman Railroad Group
  • Sixteen four-year educational institutions located within 40 miles

D. Craig McAnelly

Jessamine County Economic Development Authority