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The Bluegrass Means Business


Kentucky is a Pro-Business Powerhouse


Wonder why Kentucky has quietly become one of the top states to do business? We have worked hard to create a climate that not only supports business, but allows it to thrive.
Business Climate
#1

In vehicle production per capita
#1

in FDI jobs by percentage
#1

In whiskey exports

Kentucky is within one day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population


Kentucky's logistical advantage is unmatched. Click the cities below to measure distance.
DISTANCE: 738 miles

  • Louisville
  • Lexington
  • Bowling Green
  • Owensboro
  • Covington
  • New York
  • Charlotte
  • Washington DC
  • Chicago
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Get in touch with people that can help


These are the faces of our cabinet and your gateway to growing your business in Kentucky. While our project managers specialize in various industries and regions, they are all driven to make Kentucky the most business-friendly state in America. Meet them here, and don’t hesitate to reach out!

Andy Luttner
Metals & Chemicals
Andy Luttner and his wife reside in Louisville and moved to Kentucky in the summer of 2017 from New York City. Andy primarily covers the metals and chemical sectors and works attraction projects.
(502) 782-1957
Annie Franklin
Food & Beverage, Agribusiness & Consumer Products
Annie Franklin is a native of Winchester, Ky., and a graduate of Morehead State University. She has a background in sales and marketing, and she’s lived in Hong Kong as well as Orlando, Fla. She focuses on attracting new business to the state of Kentucky in the food and beverage, agribusiness, and consumer goods industries.
(502) 782-1992
Beka Burton
EKCEP, TENCO &
Cumberland
Beka Burton is a resident of Somerset, Ky., and an avid outdoorsman. As a project manager covering the Eastern and Southern Kentucky regions, she’s honored to work with businesses to highlight why Kentucky is the perfect location for companies to locate, expand, and grow.
(502) 782-1998
Brittany Cox
Northern KY & BG
Brittany Cox primarily focuses on supporting existing industry and workforce needs in both Central and Northern Kentucky. She is also a proud University of Kentucky alumna and currently dserves as a mentor in the College of Communications and Information Mentor/Mentee program.
(502) 782-1995
Brooklyn Leep
Automotive, Aerospace & Defense & Renewable Energy
Brooklyn focuses on recruiting new business to Kentucky for the automotive, aerospace & defense, and renewable energy sectors. Brooklyn began her economic development career in her hometown of Morehead, Ky., where she worked at the local economic development office for three years before joining KCED.
(502) 782-1923
Bruce Zou
International,
China Specialist
Yifan Bruce Zou was born in China’s Jiangsu Province, Zou immigrated to the United States and lived in Windermere, Fla., for several years before moving to Kentucky in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Kentucky and a master’s in public administration with a strong focus in public-private partnership from the University of Pennsylvania.
(502) 782-1953
Corky Peek
West KY, South Central &
Green River
Corky Peek is the cabinet’s director of business development. He has more than 20 years’ experience with KCED, and primarily focuses on new and expanding companies in Western and South Central Kentucky.
(270) 210-0033
Craig McKinney
Director of International Affairs and Business Development
Craig McKinney joined the staff of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development in August 2019 as Director of International Affairs and Business Development. In this role, Craig oversees the Cabinet’s efforts to attract foreign direct investment and find new business opportunities for the commonwealth outside the United States.
(502) 782-1942
Elizabeth Bishop
Northern KY & BG
My name is Elizabeth Bishop and I am a Project Manager at the KY Cabinet for Economic Development. I am born and raised in Lexington, KY where I attended the University of Kentucky for both my bachelors and master degree programs. I still call Lexington my home, and always will. I oversee the Northern KY and Central Bluegrass County region.
(502) 782-1924
Evelyn Simmler
European Business Development
Evelyn Simmler is a Business Development Manager in our European Office. She supports Kentucky’s lead generation and business development efforts in Europe via foreign direct investment promotion and attraction and assistance for existing industry clients.
+49 (0) 40 35004440
Joshua Seeberg
Executive Director, European Representative Office
As director of the European Representative Office for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Joshua Seeberg oversees both daily and strategic operations aimed at growing the presence and impact of Europe-based businesses in Kentucky’s economy.
+49 (0) 40 35004440
Jeffrey Taylor
Commissioner, Business Development
Jeff Taylor is a native Kentuckian with 35 years’ experience in economic development. As commissioner for business development, Jeff leads the cabinet's efforts to create and retain jobs and generate investment throughout the commonwealth.
(502) 782-7670
Kristina Slattery
Executive Director, Business Development
Responsible for providing business services to companies and communities, including talent and workforce attraction, community preparedness and other existing industry needs. Also responsible for providing direction and oversight of the Cabinet’s Research function.
(502) 782-1946
Martin David-Jacobs
Healthcare, KentuckianaWorks & Lincoln Trail
Martin David-Jacobs is a project manager specializing in health care statewide, along with a focus on business retention, recruitment and expansion for 15 counties within the KentuckianaWorks and Lincoln Trail region.
(502) 782-1968
Mike Takahashi
Executive Director, Asia Office (Tokyo, Japan)
Mike Takahashi is stationed in Tokyo to bring investment from Japan to Kentucky. He previously worked for Itochu Corporation and worked in US for 17 years in total. His relationship with Kentucky began in 1985, and he has is proud to serve the state’s nearly 200 facilities owned by Japanese companies.
(502) 782-1968
Lucas Johnson
Project Manager
Lucas Johnson is a lifelong Kentuckian, originally from Shepherdsville. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in December 2017 with degrees in Political Science and Modern and Classical Literatures, Languages and Cultures. Lucas joined the cabinet in early 2020 and is thrilled to serve his home state.
(502) 782-1964


What They Say

Every time we've invested here, the community and state have reaffirmed this is the right location for future growth.
Luke Durudogan
President, Meggit Aircraft Braking Systems
For 50 years, Dow has been an employer, neighbor and corporate partner in the region. We are proud of how far the Carrollton site has come and excited to recommit to the site with the groundbreaking of the new Cabot plant.
Howard Ungerleider
CFO, DowDuPont
Kentucky's state resources and strong local workforce have provided us with a significant leg up in getting this project off the ground.
Stephen Croskey
CEO, Danimer Scientific

Available Sites & Buildings

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Lexington Metals
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
County: Montgomery County
Type of space: Warehouse/Distribution
Min Size: 270,000 sqft
Max Size: 270,000 sqft
I-24 Industrial Park
Paducah, KY 42001
County: McCracken County
Type of space: Vacant Land
Min Size: 136.60 acres
Max Size: 136.60 acres

Louisville Logistics Centre
Hillview, KY 40229
County: Bullitt County
Type of space: Industrial
Min Size: 302,500 sqft
Max Size: 302,500 sqft
Southwest One Industrial
Benton, KY 42025
County: Marshall County
Type of space: Vacant Land
Min Size: 270.60 acres
Max Size: 270.60 acres
MMRC Spec Building
Morehead, KY 40351
County: Rowan County
Type of space: Industrial
Min Size: 48,320 sqft
Max Size: 48,320 sqft
Mt. Washington Business Centre
Mt. Washington, KY 40047
County: Bullitt County
Type of space: Vacant Land
Min Size: 91.10 acres
Max Size: 91.10 acres

Recent News

Press Releases, Expansions, Relocations, News

March 29, 2020
Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Remain Vigilant on Social Distancing

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March 28, 2020
Gov. Beshear: 92 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in biggest one-day jump

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March 27, 2020
Gov. Beshear: Together Kentuckians will get through COVID-19

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March 26, 2020
Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Stay Healthy at Home

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March 25, 2020
Gov. Beshear Tightens Restrictions amid COVID-19

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March 24, 2020
Gov. Beshear Acts to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

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March 23, 2020
Gov. Beshear Announces New Steps to Protect Kentuckians from COVID-19

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March 20, 2020
Special Meeting Notice

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March 17, 2020
Notice of Public Hearing - TO BE CONDUCTED VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE

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March 16, 2020
Gov. Beshear Takes Aggressive Steps to Contain Spread of COVID-19

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March 09, 2020
Meeting Notice

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February 28, 2020
Gov. Beshear, Crown Holdings Executives Break Ground for 126-Employee Plant in Bowling Green

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February 27, 2020
AtCorr to Create 31 Jobs with Glasgow Expansion

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February 27, 2020
Startup Envision Modular to Create 85 Jobs in Hancock County

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February 27, 2020
Gentis Solutions to Create 80 Jobs in Covington with New Headquarters

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February 27, 2020
STEP CG to Add 83 Jobs with Expansion of Covington HQ

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February 27, 2020
T. Marzetti Co. to Add 140 Jobs with Horse Cave Expansion

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February 26, 2020
Shady Rays Expected to Create 38 Jobs at Simpsonville HQ

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February 17, 2020
Kentucky Nation's Leading Whiskey Exporter

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February 17, 2020
Meeting Notice

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February 07, 2020
Eastern Kentucky's Logan Corp. Operation to Expand Again

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February 05, 2020
African American Owned Kentucky Bourbon Distillery to Create 25 Jobs in Lexington

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January 30, 2020
CGS Machine & Tool to Expand in Bowling Green, Create 15 Jobs

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January 30, 2020
Tokai Carbon GE to Add 15 Jobs with Fulton County Expansion

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January 30, 2020
Wastequip to Create 100 Jobs with New Distribution Center

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