The Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA) hosted members of a regional economic development partnership Sept. 13 to discuss ways to promote south central Kentucky.
Kentucky Crossroads is an alliance of economic development organizations in 11 counties, including Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Marion, Mercer, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Taylor and Washington. Coalition partners emphasize collaborative regionalism, with the goal of marketing the region first and the sites available within it, and then allowing each county to respond to its specific interest in business prospects that are identified.
“As we continue to promote regionalism, SPEDA was privileged to host Kentucky Crossroads in Somerset to discuss how we can promote the south central region of Kentucky,” said Chris Girdler, SPEDA president and CEO. “Kentucky Crossroads is a forward-thinking coalition that is working together to bring about positive economic change for the region as a whole.”
Kentucky Crossroads partners openly share information and best practices with one another to improve the performance of local economic development organizations and advocate for region-wide public policy issues and solutions that enhance the overall business climate for participating counties. Ultimately, Kentucky Crossroads partners want to make it easy for companies to get the assistance they need to make site-selection and expansion decisions that will accelerate their success.
“This organization embodies SPEDA’s commitment to promoting cooperative spirit in economic development,” Girdler said. “The ability to work together does amazing things for a community, but also for a region. I am appreciative to be a part of this group of professionals who have south central Kentucky’s best interest at heart.”