From the Executive Director's desk

Happy New Year! As we enter January 2024, I'm optimistic about what lies ahead. The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD) has always been at the forefront of driving positive change and development across the Commonwealth, and this year is no exception. 

Reflecting on the past year, we have witnessed remarkable achievements and overcome challenges together. Our commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our communities has never been stronger. Thanks to your support and collaboration, we have made significant strides in economic development, community planning, and providing essential services to our citizens.

As December swiftly transitioned into January, we find ourselves at the beginning of the 2024 legislative session. This pivotal session, primarily dedicated to formulating a two-year state budget, also presents an opportunity for revisiting the 2023 House Bill 9, known as the Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation (G.R.A.N.T.) Program. These changes are anticipated to expand the program from the original 41 counties outlined to be able to make an impact in nearly all 120 counties across the Commonwealth. During this session, we'll monitor any developments related to the G.R.A.N.T. Program and share updates with you. 

KCADD's 2024 legislative priorities include the continuation of the $4 million investment in Joint Funding Agreement, as well as the additional ARC and DRA funding of $250,000, respectively, as well as:

  • Fully funding the water management planning services and maintenance of the Water Resource Information System in the amount of $2.1 million.
  • Sustaining the Expanded Senior Meal Program, which currently totals $14.48 million.
  • Maintaining participant-directed coordination and financial management of the Home & Community Based, Michelle P and Supports for Community Living waiver programs and attaining sustainable reimbursement rates for case management and 
  • Enhancing the flexibility of workforce development efforts with the investment of state funds to complement federal dollars. 

Throughout this legislative session, we're committed to closely monitoring key bills and advocating for the interests of our 15 Area Development Districts and the communities they represent. For any inquiries or feedback regarding KCADD's legislative priorities, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Before I close, I'd like to express my appreciation to the Inauguration Day Open House Committee members and our collaborative partners at the Kentucky Magistrates & Commissioners Association, the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association, KACo, and the Kentucky League of Cities. Your efforts resulted in an outstanding event for the dozens of folks from across the state who joined us for the celebration. 

I'm eager to collaborate with all of you and look forward to the encounters and experiences that await us in the year ahead. 

Casey Ellis, Executive Director

Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts

Kentucky Association of District Directors

KIPDA awarded planning grant for passenger rail service

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the region, is thrilled to announce its successful bid in securing a planning grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). 

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Area Development Districts in the News

Shake named to ‘Notable Women in Kentucky Politics and Government’ list

Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Executive Director Joanna Shake was named to the Kentucky Gazette’s “2023 Notable Women in Kentucky Politics and Government.” 

The Kentucky Gazette is a publication covering the Commonwealth’s government, politics, and public affairs. According to the editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock, the “Notable Women in Kentucky Politics and Government” is an annual special edition of the journal that “celebrates women who work in public affairs to advance the Commonwealth.” Read more here.

Lincoln Trail ADD responding quickly to area's growth needs

2023 was a hectic year for the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, and its Executive Director Daniel London didn’t want it any other way.

After completing his first full year in September and his first full calendar year, the district has set a fast pace to respond to the area’s growth and needs. 

“We have a great board and a great team here in terms of staff,” London said following the last district board meeting of the year that was chock full of agenda items. “They all bought into the vision right off and what we needed to accomplish. That vision is we have got to step up as an ADD for this region.”

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KIPDA staff joins stakeholders for Milton Planning Project update

KIPDA staff joined stakeholders within and beyond Trimble County to hear from University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture students on this year’s capstone projects, which focused on downtown revitalization in Milton. Each project, led by teams of undergraduate students, examined potential large-scale projects to capitalize on Milton’s riverfront. 

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