First-Rate Economic Development Agencies in the South

Over the next three issues, Southern Business & Development will publish write-ups about what we believe are the best economic development agencies in the 15-state American South. These will include state agencies, utilities and local organizations both large and small. This first segment will feature first-rate economic agencies in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. The next issue will feature agencies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The final segment will focus on organizations in South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The ranking is based on our knowledge of the agencies after visiting over 1,400 economic development organizations in the South over the last 26 years. It is also based on several other factors including deal activity, deal quality and the organization’s reputation among those in economic development in that state.

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Greg CanfieldAlabama Department of Commerce
Led by Greg Canfield and Ed Castile, (two members of SB&D’s Southern Economic Development Roundtable) the Alabama Department of Commerce had one of its most memorable years in 2018, as the state was named “State of the Year” by Southern Business & Development. That year, Alabama landed Mazda Toyota (4,000 jobs), Amazon (1,500 jobs), and saw expansions from Mercedes-Benz and Airbus. Alabama’s state economic development agency is one of the best in the country, as is AIDT, the state’s workforce development organization. The Alabama Department of Commerce also employs some of the best industry recruiters in the country.

Some accolades for Alabama and Alabama Department of Commerce:

  • Southern Business & Development: “State of the Year” in 2019
  • IBM Services/IBM Plant Location International (2019 Global Location Trends Report): Top state for jobs from FDI projects announced in 2018
  • Area Development: Golden Shovel Award in 2019
  • Business Facilities: “Deal of the Year, Silver” in 2019, No. 2 state for workforce training

Valerie Gray with Gov. Kay IveyChambers County Development Authority
This small economic development agency representing a county in East Alabama near the Georgia border has done some big things. Chambers County includes the cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley. The area is located on Interstate 85, convenient to three major urban centers — Atlanta (86 miles northeast), Birmingham (134 miles northwest) and Montgomery (79 miles southwest). The county has recruited several large automotive suppliers that serve the Kia and Hyundai plants located nearby. Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA) has been a main driver in rebuilding the community’s economic base after the textile mills declined. It has blazed a new trail for diversity and long-term stability, and has seen more than 28 industry expansions in the last five years. Valerie Gray, executive director of CCDA, was named the 2019 recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service to Alabama’s economic development. Gray is the first economic developer from a rural Alabama county to be selected for the award, which is the highest Alabama recognition in her field. It is named after Echols, a successful economic developer who died in 2010.

John BradleyTennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA’s economic development team — led by John Bradley and Heidi Smith (SEDR members), two outstanding economic development professionals — is a power company that serves parts of seven Southern states. On its website is a Site Selector suite of tools where you can search 2,000 available sites in TVA’s GIS database. In the last several years, TVA has assisted in billions of dollars of investments in the Valley, including the Mazda Toyota plant in Limestone County, Ala. The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States. It receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from the sale of electricity.

Alabama Power
Birmingham-based Alabama Power offers competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and stellar service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the Southern two thirds of Alabama. Alabama Power is a subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest producers of energy. It has been involved in thousands of projects in the state, including the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County, Ala. The company also provides electricity to the Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala., and Hyundai in Montgomery, as well as more than a hundred automotive suppliers in the state.

PowerSouth Energy
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Andalusia, Ala., is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative providing the wholesale power needs of 20 distribution members in Alabama and northwest Florida. Much of PowerSouth’s territory is in rural Alabama as it serves end-users in 39 Alabama counties and 10 Florida counties. It also serves growing suburban areas of the state.   

Ellen McNairMontgomery Area Chamber
The Montgomery Chamber’s experienced, professional economic development team is led by SVP Ellen McNair (also an SEDR member). The Montgomery Chamber is a key player in bringing new industry to the area, including the major economic game-changer, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. The Montgomery Chamber’s staff is an outstanding collection of economic development professionals. The Chamber has assisted in redeveloping downtown Montgomery into a marvelous place to live, work and visit.

Dale GreerCullman Economic Development Agency
Long run by Peggy Smith and now Dale Greer, the Cullman Economic Development Agency is one of the most successful in its peer group in not only Alabama and the South, but the nation. Cullman has consistently been named among the top Micropolitans in the United States by such trade publications as Site Selection and Southern Business & Development magazines. Its central location directly on Interstate 65 — the spine of the Southern Automotive Corridor — is second to none. The automotive industry rules in Cullman, but the county is thriving with other industry sectors.

Industrial Development Board of the City of Auburn
Long run by Economic Development Director Phillip Dunlap, the City of Auburn has been a poster child for highly successful industry recruitment. Home of Auburn University, the city was recently named one of the best small cities to start a business by

Opelika Economic Development
The city of Opelika is directly on Interstate 85 and is located between two South Korean plants, Hyundai in Montgomery, Ala., and Kia in West Point, Ga. This has given the city a great opportunity to work with many Korean parts suppliers that supply both plants. The City of Opelika, the Opelika Economic Development Department and the Opelika Industrial Development Authority were excited in January to announce the creation of the Opelika Innovation and Technology Park (OITP). The new park is located in an Opportunity Zone (OZ) at the gateway corridor to Opelika along U.S. Highway 280 West between Veterans Parkway and Waverly Parkway. Lori Huguley is the director of economic development for the city of Opelika.

Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance
Led by David Thornell, an economic developer who has worked in rural areas almost his entire career, the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance is a three-county organization. Interstate 22 has opened up these three counties to prospective industry like never before. Having had the opportunity to lead economic development and chamber of commerce organizations in both Alabama and Mississippi for the past 34 years, Thornell has enjoyed success in every aspect of building and improving communities. The three rural counties in Northwest Alabama (Marion, Lamar and Fayette counties) have a diverse employer base, including automotive, textiles, building materials and metals.

Other first-rate economic development agencies in Alabama include: Huntsville Madison Chamber; Morgan County EDA; Tuscaloosa County IDA; Mobile Area Chamber; Birmingham Business Alliance; Shoals EDA; North Alabama IDA; Baldwin County EDA; Walker County Development Authority; Hoover IDB; St. Clair Economic Development Council; Coastal Alabama Partnership; Jefferson County EIDA; Talladega EDC; Limestone County EDA; Alabama Municipal Electric Authority; Dothan Area Chamber; Port of Huntsville; Wiregrass EDC; Butler County EDC; Gadsden Etowah County IDA; Selma and Dallas County EDA; Jackson County EDA; Franklin County EDA; DeKalb County EDA.



Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Guided by Secretary Of Commerce and Executive Director Michael Preston, Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is the state’s primary economic development agency. Companies in Arkansas hail from France, Germany, Japan and the U.K., to massive manufacturers like Nucor and the largest retailer in the world — Walmart — which operates its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Arkansas’ economy varies from large agriculture, steel-making, poultry and tech found in Northwest Arkansas and Little Rock.

J.D. LoweryElectric Cooperatives of Arkansas
As a not-for-profit cooperative, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are owned by members, so as you pay your utility bill, you are also building equity — capital credits — in your local electric cooperative, based on your usage. That means when the cooperative thrives, members earn a return that is distributed via capital credits to each member of the cooperative. In the last five years, the cooperatives have returned approximately $107 million to their members in patronage payments. Electricity costs from the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are some of the lowest in the entire South. J.D. Lowery is the manager of community and economic development for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Clif ChitwoodMississippi County Economic Development
Located on the Mississippi River and in the Northeast Arkansas Delta is Mississippi County, Ark. This county is the second-largest steel-making county in the U.S. Nucor Steel, Nucor Yamato Steel, Big River Steel and other steelmakers and suppliers employ thousands in this tiny county of less than 55,000 residents. In fact, Mississippi County, Ark., in terms of percentage of manufacturing workers in the labor force, is for sure in the highest 1 percent in the country. The county is also home to the Arkansas Aeroplex, a former Air Force base that has enormous potential for the aerospace industry. Clif Chitwood is one of Arkansas’ premier economic developers and is a member of SEDR. Since 1999, he has been working hard to attract industry to Mississippi County.

Little Rock Regional Chamber
Led by President Jay Chesshir, the Little Rock Chamber recruits business to a dynamic city. Metro Little Rock is at the crossroads of Interstate 30 and the most heavily traveled Interstate in the nation, Interstate 40. The region benefits from a diversified economic base revolving around advanced manufacturing, aerospace, information technology, medical/healthcare, military and nonprofit industries.

Paragould Regional Chamber
SB&D publisher Michael Randle has visited Paragould and met with Sue McGowan, CEO of the Paragould Regional Chamber, and was astounded by its manufacturing base. The community of Paragould has enjoyed the restoration of historic landmarks, the construction of new facilities, and numerous commercial and industrial investments. Paragould’s investment represents a long-term belief in the future of the community. Results from the Census showed population increased 18.6 percent over the past decade in Paragould. It should be noted that Paragould Light Water & Cable (a municipal owned utility) will complete a fiber optics project to every home and business in the city this year. 

Jonesboro Regional Chamber
Home to Arkansas State University, the Jonesboro Chamber is led by CEO Mark Young and Vice President of Economic Development Mike Philpot, a very capable team. The area near Memphis has a strong manufacturing base with Nestlé, Unilever, Nice-Pak, ABB Group, TrinityRail and FMH Conveyor operating large plants in the area. . .just a small sampling of the manufacturers operating in Jonesboro.

Other first-rate economic development agencies in Arkansas include: Port of Little Rock; Northwest Arkansas Council; Conway Development Corporation; Invest Bentonville; Fayetteville Chamber; AR-TX Regional Economic Development; City of West Memphis; Batesville Chamber; Springdale Chamber; Mountain Home Area Chamber; Jefferson County Alliance; City of Maumelle; Greater Hot Springs Chamber; Arkadelphia Regional EDA; Arkansas Valley Alliance; Newport EDC; Marion Economic Development; El Dorado Chamber; City of North Little Rock; Magnolia EDC; Fort Smith Chamber; Rogers-Lowell Chamber; Searcy Chamber; Forrest City Chamber; Harrison Chamber of Commerce.



St. Johns County, Fla.St. Johns County Economic Development
Based in St. Augustine, Fla., the economic development agency in St. Johns County is certainly one of the best in the South. It’s a small department that accomplishes huge things. For example, the expansion of the PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach has been recognized by numerous media assets, including Southern Business & Development, Area Development and Facility Planning. The new 187,000-square-foot facility will serve as the worldwide headquarters for the PGA Tour. The $86 million deal will add 307 jobs to the 800 existing employees at the PGA headquarters. But there is a lot more to St. Johns County than beautiful weather and pristine beaches.

Melissa Glasgow, Director of Economic Development for St. Johns County, runs a tight ship. She was just recognized as a Top 50 Economic Developer in North America for 2020 by Consultant Connect. St. Johns County was ranked as the top performing local economy in Florida in a Wall Street 24/7 analysis of counties’ gross domestic product growth from 2012 to 2015. In 2018, St. Johns County was ranked No. 1 in retail and business investment in Florida with 13.1 percent growth. You might want to check out this county that is located just South of Jacksonville. It is on the move.

Enterprise Florida
Morphed from the Florida Department of Commerce in 1993, Enterprise Florida was the first public-private funded state economic development agency. Enterprise Florida’s private funding got off to a rough start in the 1990s and the state stepped in to support the agency. Led today by Secretary of Commerce, President and CEO Jamal A. Sowell, Enterprise Florida is one of the South’s strongest state agencies. Its newsroom is first-rate, up-to-date and very well written.

Florida Power & Light/NextEra Energy
Florida Power & Light Company hasn’t always been one of the best economic development utilities in the South, but it certainly is now, and has been for years. The company generates, transmits, distributes and sells energy. On the solar front, it is one of the most innovative utilities in the region. Its economic development department is now run by Crystal Stiles, a very impressive leader. Crystal’s Economic Development Manager, Cathy Chambers, worked for Jerry Mallot at the JAXUSA Partnership in Jacksonville, Fla., for many years.

EDC of Florida’s Space Coast
This economic organization has not only survived total disaster (unemployment up to 13 percent) but thrived like never before in a recovery. According to Lynda Weatherman, the long-time CEO of economic development on the Space Coast, she got a call from NASA and was told, “Oh, by the way, we are shutting down the Space Shuttle program.” That was in 2011. Of course, Weatherman was shocked. Twenty-five thousand people worked on the Shuttle program “inside the gate of the Cape.” There were tens of thousands more working in Brevard County outside the gate on the Shuttle program. The problem then was very little was being manufactured in terms of space vehicles in Brevard, such as rockets, engines and capsules. It was essentially a launch site. Now, everyone on the Space Coast is manufacturing space-related products — Blue Origin, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, ULA, Firefly, Relativity and OneWeb. Brevard County and Florida’s Space Coast is without question one of the greatest comeback stories of any place in the South and since Lynda Weatherman has led the organization since 1994, she and her staff have seen it all.

Bay County Economic Development Alliance
In January 2019, Becca Hardin spoke to the invitation-only Southern Economic Development Roundtable near her home of Panama City. It was three months since much of eastern Bay County was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. It was an inspirational presentation considering the circumstances. Becca and her staff survived the disaster and came out fighting to restore everything that county lost during that hurricane. What they have done since Hurricane Michael is nothing short of a miracle. One of their largest employers — Tyndall Air Force Base, which was totally destroyed — has a minimum of $1.5 billion coming to it for a rebuild.

Lee County Economic Development Office
Lee County, Fla., (think Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Sanibel and many others) has a dynamic economy. In fact, SB&D publisher Michael Randle was in the Lee County EDO offices the week Hertz announced it was relocating its world headquarters to Estero, Fla., from New Jersey in May of 2013. Randle had met with Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce of Enterprise Florida, the day before in Orlando and Swoope had hinted that something big was about to be announced. Lee County has a population of slightly more than 750,000, and it has increased by 14.2 percent since 2014, so the labor shed has no issues. Aviation and aerospace are big in Lee County, as are headquarters and the life sciences. As an organization that was retooled a few years ago, Lee County Economic Development, led by John Talmage, has few peers.

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
First accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1974, the Ocala/Marion Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) is among the elite top 1 percent of Chambers of Commerce nationwide that have been recognized for excellence by receiving the 5-Star Accredited designation. This is the highest accreditation level awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ocala/Marion CEP is an outstanding organization that is well staffed, including CEO Kevin T. Sheilley.

Other first-rate economic development agencies in Florida include: Tampa Hillsborough EDC; JAX/USA Partnership; Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Orlando Economic Partnership; FloridaWest EDA; Team Volusia; BDB of Palm Beach County; Florida’s Great Northwest; Gulf Power/NextEra Energy; City of North Port; Central Florida DC; Pinellas County ED; Tallahassee-Leon County OEV; Seminole Regional Chamber; Florida High Tech Corridor; Bradenton Area EDC; Central Florida Research Park; Greater Osceola PEP; Seminole County ED; Indian River Chamber; EDC of St Lucie County; EDC of Okaloosa County; Charlotte County ED; Hernando County OBD; Columbia County EDD; Nassau County EDB; Flagler EDC; Pasco EDC; Plant City EDC; St Johns Chamber; Highlands County IDA; Boca Raton ED; Martin County ED; Greater Naples Chamber; Santa Rosa County EDO; Gainesville Chamber.



Jane FryerMeriwether County IDB
SB&D chose tiny Meriwether County, a second home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Warm Springs), not for the size of its economic development agency, but the person who is in charge of it, Jane Fryer. When Jane was running the economic development agency in neighboring Troup County, she greatly assisted in the capture of the Kia plant in West Point, Ga., in 2006.

Kia was on the fast track to build a plant near its sister plant, Hyundai, which was up and running in Montgomery, Ala. Michael Randle was in Southwest Virginia when he received a call from Gray Swoope, then the head of Mississippi’s economic development department. Swoope said the Kia site search wasn’t going well. So, Randle pulled out his map and drew a line from Montgomery (home of Hyundai) to Georgia. The first county across the Georgia line on Interstate 85 is Troup County. Randle called Jane Fryer, the No. 1 economic developer in Troup County and LaGrange, and asked, “Jane, have you heard anything from Kia?” She said, “No, nothing.” “Well,” Randle said, “you are about to.” Jane helped with securing the land on Interstate 85 from multiple landowners and Kia is now one of the largest manufacturers in the state of Georgia.

Georgia Department of Economic Development
With Atlanta leading the way, this state is one of the South’s most innovative. Just look at Midtown Atlanta. Midtown is a tech mecca and Atlanta’s suburbs are home to some of the world’s most successful companies. It’s stunning to watch the growth of the tech industry in Atlanta. But, Georgia is a large state and has much more to offer than just Atlanta, even though the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation’s largest economies are incredibly impressive. The logistics industry in Savannah and Brunswick, with their ports, is a gateway to the Southeast. Augusta’s growing cyber industry is off the charts. Aerospace is also a huge industry in Georgia. And it all begins with a call to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, a more-than-capable state economic development agency.

Georgia Power
Walt Farrell is the statewide manager for economic development for Georgia Power, a subsidiary of The Southern Company, which is also headquartered in Atlanta. Given Walt’s accomplishments in business recruitment, his recent move into the role of Manager of Statewide Economic Development for the Georgia Power team comes as no surprise. Walt oversees the team and supports the facilitation of site selection, start-up and expansion of businesses investing in Georgia. Georgia Power’s economic development department is second to none.

Dr. Eloisa KlementichInvest Atlanta
This organization has taken the reigns as Atlanta’s primary economic development agency. The agency’s leadership is outstanding. Dr. Eloisa Klementich is the CEO of the organization. Previously, Eloisa served as managing director of business development at Invest Atlanta. Before coming to the organization, she served as special assistant for economic development at the U.S. Economic Development Administration in the Office of the Secretary. She also served as California’s assistant deputy secretary for economic development and commerce and has held various roles with city and national governments, including the consultant for Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, working on best practices for addressing constituent issues and requests.

Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Led by Misti Martin, who has served as the President of the Cherokee OED since 2004, this is a rock solid organization. The agency has earned several awards from the Southern Economic Development Council, including; (1) Special Judges Award for Comprehensive Community Outreach and Award of Excellence for the Cherokee Film Summit; (2) Award of Excellence for COED Website; (3) Award of Merit for COED Annual Report. The organization has also been recognized by IEDC with the Gold Award for Excellence for Redevelopment and Reuse. . .
Cherokee 75 Corporate Park and the Cherokee OED was the deal’s developer.

The Savannah Economic Development Authority
The Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) has been recognized many times over the years as an outstanding economic development agency. For example, SEDA is a 2018 recipient of the McKinley “Mac” Conway Award by Site Selection Magazine. Led by Trip Tollison, SEDA has been one of the most consistent economic agencies for its size in the South. Ideally located on the Atlantic Ocean, the Savannah region is home to close to 1 million people and a skilled workforce that includes more than 4,000 military personnel transitioning to the civil sector each year.

Other first-rate economic development agencies in Georgia include: Go Energy Financial; Electric Cities of Georgia; Griffin-Spalding DA; Jackson County Area Chamber; Cobb County Chamber; Valdosta-Lowndes IA; Gwinnett County Chamber; Dublin Laurens DA; Augusta EDA; Henry County DA; Fayette County DA; Cartersville-Bartow DED; Greater Hall Chamber; Coweta County DA; Carroll Tomorrow; Liberty County DA; Newton Covington ED; Greater Rome Chamber; Dalton-Whitfield County JDA; Macon-Bibb IA; DA of Bryan County; Albany Dougherty EDC; Columbus Chamber; DA of Fulton County; Houston County DA; DA of Walton County; Stephens County DA; Macon EDC; LaGrange-Troup County Chamber; DA of Bulloch County; Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber; Athens Clarke EDF; Duluth ED; Midtown Alliance; Decide DeKalb; Development Authority of Rabun County.



Mary Ellen WiederwohlLouisville Forward
Louisville Forward is the primary economic agency for Kentucky’s largest market. . .an excellent, innovative, major manufacturing market in the American South. Louisville is home to UPS’ largest world hub. It is among only a dozen U.S. cities that have all five major performing arts groups. The booming bourbon culture permeates the Louisville MSA. Led by Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief of Louisville Forward, and Rebecca Fleischaker, Director of the Department of Economic Development, this is an impressive team. Some of its accolades include: (1) For the fifth year in a row, Louisville Forward recognized as a “Top Economic Development Group” by Site Selection magazine; (2) fDi Intelligence ranked Louisville the fifth most business friendly large American city of the future; (3) Microsoft named Louisville its first regional hub for artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and data science. Through this partnership, the Future of Work Initiative team is working with Microsoft to prepare Louisville businesses, educators and the public for the next wave of technological innovation, making Louisville a national leader in the emerging data economy.

Larry HayesKentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has been the most consistent state economic development agency in the entire South over the last 25 years. Rarely — if ever — has this state agency cleaned house after a new administration has been voted in. . . a good thing almost every time. Experts like Mandy Lambert worked long enough at the Cabinet to retire. Larry Hayes, one of the most dynamic Secretaries of Commerce in the South, is back in action in an interim capacity under new governor Andy Beshear. Hayes also served for years as Secretary for the new governor’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA’s economic development team, led by two outstanding economic development professionals, John Bradley and Heidi Smith, is a power company that serves parts of seven Southern states. On its website is a Site Selector suite of tools where you can search 2,000 available sites in TVA’s GIS database. In the last several years, TVA has assisted in billions of dollars of investments in the Valley, including the Mazda Toyota plant in Limestone County, Ala. The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States. It receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity.

Commerce Lexington Economic Development
Led by Bob Quick and Gina Greathouse, Commerce Lexington Inc. is an outstanding economic development organization. Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky and one of the most talented workforces in the South. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives gave Commerce Lexington the ultimate award as the 2016 Outstanding Chamber of the Year.

Jody LassiterDanville-Boyle County EDP
Jody A. Lassiter is CEO of the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership (Develop Danville, Inc.). It is a fantastic economic agency representing one of the most historic counties in not only Kentucky, but in the entire country. Global Trade magazine named the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership (Develop Danville, Inc.) as one of America’s 18 leading economic development corporations. Develop Danville, Inc. represented the smallest community in population among other state, metro and county organizations recognized. Today, the City of Danville, which is the county seat of Boyle County, is a thriving community of 16,292 people on the southern edge of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region. The City is blessed with an abundant water supply, highly efficient roads and infrastructure, and a well-educated workforce.

Other first-rate economic development agencies in Kentucky include: LG&E KU; Kentucky Power; Greater Louisville Inc.; Shelby County IDF; Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation; Nelson County ED; East Kentucky Power Cooperative; TRI-ED EDC; Franklin-Simpson IA; Bowling Green Chamber; One East Kentucky; Ashland Alliance; Team Taylor IDA; Hazard-Perry County EDA; Morehead-Rowan CED; Marshall County ED; Murray Calloway EDC; Bullitt County EDA; Kentucky CDC; Spencer Taylorsville Chamber; Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority; Greater Paducah EDC; Southwestern Kentucky EDC; Lebanon-Marion CED; Harrodsburg-Mercer County ID; Glasgow-Barren County IDEA; Corbin EDA; Somerset-Pulaski County EDC; Richmond IDC; Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County IA; Georgetown-Scott County Chamber; Winchester & Clark Co. ID; Logan Economic Alliance; Marshall County ED; Graves Growth Alliance; Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress; Greater Owensboro EDC; Madisonville Hopkins County EDC; Kyndle.

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