Additional Resources

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

The Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging job creation and retention, and new investment in the state.

Whether you are an existing business in Kentucky with an opportunity to expand or a company evaluating our state for a new business location, you must be able to access accurate and timely information from a single source. The Cabinet’s Department for Business Development staff is that source. With years of experience in economic development, any member of our highly qualified team can be your single point of contact for the duration of the site selection/expansion process.

To assist in your understanding of Kentucky’s business environment, as well as to guide you through Cabinet programs, a project manager is assigned to each project as a single point of contact for the duration of the process. This provides confidentiality for the company while affording a degree of comfort to the local communities being evaluated. 

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Why KAM?

  • Only statewide business association focused solely on manufacturing
  • Most effective and experienced advocacy team for manufacturers
  • Up-to-the-minute legislative updates and alerts

Workforce Development, Education and Training

  • Serves as a connector across the Commonwealth and beyond
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for talent development solutions, working with educators, manufacturers and government partners to ensure a 21st century workforce for manufacturers in Kentucky
  • Promotes training and seminars

Cost-Saving Benefits for Members

  • Special rates on insurance services: health, property and casualty coverage
  • Core expense reduction metrics and energy audits
  • Save on uniform/textile provision, less-than-truckload shipping and office supplies
  • Discounted marketing opportunities of member products and services through KAM seminars, e-communications and special events
  • Issue-focused articles and information in the bi-monthly digital magazine, The Goods

Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Why Buy Local?
To Keep it Weird: Locally-owned businesses are one-of-a-kind enterprises that are vital to the unique character of the Louisville Metro community.

To Keep Your $$$ Local: Dollars spent at community-based merchants create a multiplier effect – a boost to the local economy. Check out their 2012 Louisville study!

To Keep More Jobs: Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

To Help the Environment: Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging. 

To Keep Good Karma: Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

To Keep Your Options: A multiplicity of independent retailers creates a greater diversity of products available to shoppers.

Advantage Kentucky Alliance

Their Mission
Advantage Kentucky Alliance’s mission is to assist Kentucky manufacturers and distributors by boosting productivity and growth opportunities so they can retain and create additional jobs, be more globally competitive, and produce new revenue streams.  

Their Core Values

  • Connect with individuals to build trusting relationships 
  • Committed to delivering high-value programs and holding ourselves accountable for results
  • Expand ideas through enhanced innovation and shared resources with each other and our clients
  • Actively engage with our clients, partners, and communities we serve

Kentucky Association for Economic Development

The Association is incorporated and consists of more than 600 members that represent 355 unique companies. KAED’s membership represents diverse professionals across the state who share a common interest in building and growing Kentucky. The organization is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors and managed by full-time professional staff. KAED continues to work with the Cabinet for Economic Development and other state organizations that support economic development.