From the Executive Director's desk

We spent much of October on the road, first traveling to Morehead for the monthly Kentucky Association of District Director's (KADD) meeting hosted by the Gateway Area Development District (GADD). As part of the meeting, the 15 directors, myself, and my staff enjoyed a tour of the recently expanded Menifee County Senior Center/Gateway Regional Kitchen. The kitchen accommodates Menifee, Bath, Montgomery, Morgan, and Rowan counties and served 105,887 meals during the fiscal year 2022-23. The tour also included a look at GADD's Motor Meals, a food truck serving free, hot meals to anyone age 60 and up in the counties mentioned above. As we head into the winter months, it's a comfort to know that the 15 ADDs are going above and beyond to ensure the health and wellness of Kentucky's older adult population.

The topic on everyone's mind right now is House Bill 9, which led us back to Morehead Oct. 16-17—the first day focused on providing updates to ADD staff through the state and federal partners that will be crucial to the success of HB9. On the 17th, we welcomed 170 state, county, and city officials from across eastern Kentucky for another round of updates on state and federal programs that can be used to enhance their communities. The event mirrored the workshop held at Murray State University in July.

If you missed the event and would like to review the presentations, please email me at, and I'll be happy to pass them along.

If you follow KCADD on Facebook, you'll likely notice an increased presence there, as well as a new logo. The KCADD Facebook has lain dormant for the past three years. We're excited to begin sharing the incredible work of the ADDs with our followers, as well as more on what we're doing here in Frankfort. Give us a follow at We've also created an Instagram page. You can follow along here.

For the next two months, my staff and I will focus on collecting data from each of the 15 ADDs to share throughout the 2024 Legislative Session. Our goal is to effectively communicate our narrative, as well as arm ourselves with information on the incredible work our ADDs and local governments are doing.

If you would like to highlight a success in your community, please feel free to pass it along by emailing KCADD Executive Assistant/Public Information Officer Molly Haines at We'd love to hear from you.  

Thanks for reading,

Casey Ellis, Executive Director

Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts

Kentucky Association of District Directors

Enhanced communication efforts begin for KCADD

The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD) is proud to announce the implementation of enhanced communication efforts to foster greater community engagement and collaboration among its member districts. As a leading organization that promotes regional development and cooperation, KCADD recognizes the importance of effective communication in driving positive change and empowering communities across Kentucky. 

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Area Development Districts in the News

LTADD to host grand opening celebration

The Lincoln Trail Area Development District (LTADD) office recently moved to 750 S. Provident Way, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. LTADD will welcome its communities to the new location with a Grand Opening Celebration, scheduled for 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9. Interested in attending? RSVP here. 

BRADD executive director featured on The DeCesare Group Podcast

Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) Executive Director Eric Sexton recently sat down with Jim DeCesare, host of The DeCesare Group Podcast, to discuss the services BRADD provides to local governments to foster economic development and business growth. Listen to the podcast here.

What's Happening in Your Area Development District?

Green River Workforce Development Board awarded $1.5 million

The Green River Area Development District's Workforce Development Board has received $1.5 million through the Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training (QUEST) Dislocated Worker Grant.

The funds will assist dislocated workers and long-term unemployed in finding a career with a sustaining wage, focusing on marginalized populations.

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The Green River Area Development District serves the following Kentucky counties: Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster.

Northern Kentucky ADD completes regional housing study

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) has undertaken a comprehensive study focusing on housing inventory, cost, and its intricate relationship with economic conditions and employment opportunities across the eight-county northern Kentucky region. The study, facilitated by NKADD, emerged following rigorous competitive procurement procedures, resulting in the selection of Stantec, a nationally recognized consulting firm with a presence in Kentucky, from a pool of highly qualified candidates.

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The Northern Kentucky Area Development District serves the following Kentucky counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton

Petrie guest speaker at Bluegrass ADD's October board meeting

The Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) held its quarterly board meeting Oct. 25 at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Versailles. Rep. James Petrie served as the meeting's guest speaker. Petrie is diligently working to spread information about House Bill 9, which he sponsors from his leadership position as the co-chair of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Petrie was instrumental in securing additional funds for all Area Development Districts in 2022 through an increase in the Joint Funding Authority. 

HB9's purpose is to provide matching state funds that will aid eligible Kentucky communities in competing for federal funds available through the bipartisan infrastructure bill and other sources of federal grant funding. 

Petrie and BGADD Executive Director David Duttlinger also discussed the need for BGADD to improve its board governance by revising its bylaws. A draft copy of the revisions will be presented to the entire board of directors at BGADD's annual meeting Jan. 24, 2024. If passed, the BGADD would strive to increase the relevancy of its advisory committees, increase the engagement of board members, and move the date of the annual meeting to coincide with the end of the fiscal year. 

The Bluegrass ADD serves the following Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford. 

Petrie, Reed discuss HB9 at Barren River ADD board meeting

The Barren River Area Development District’s Oct. 30 board meeting included a packed house of regional leaders learning about the expansion of House Bill 9's footprint into the area. Rep. Jason Petrie and Rep. Brandon Reed shared insight on this state matching program. BRADD also recognized three staff anniversaries: Sharon Woods, one year; Katie White, one year; and Emily Hathcock, five years. 

The Barren River Area Development District serves the following Kentucky counties: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren.

Green River ADD hosts Senior Games

The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) partnered with the Union County Senior Center Sept. 19 to host the 2023 Senior Games at the Moffit Lake Recreation Area in Union County. The event was a huge success and was enjoyed by many older adults in Union County. 

The Green River Area Development District serves the following Kentucky counties: Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster.

Upcoming Events

KCADD meeting to be held at Central Bank Center

The Kentucky Council for Area Development District's quarterly board meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, at the Central Bank Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington, KY 40507.

The NADO Annual Training Conference is set for Nov. 7-10 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown (100 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114). The NADO Annual Conference is a highly anticipated event that brings together industry leaders, policymakers, and professionals from across the country to explore new ideas, share best practices, and discuss emerging trends in community and economic development. 

The 49th Annual KACo Conference & Exposition is slated for Nov. 15-17 at Lexington's Central Bank Center. Featured speakers include Jim Gray, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; Senate President Robert Stivers, and State Rep. Jason Petrie. Early Bird Registration continues through Nov. 4! 

The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD) will host an Inauguration Day Open House from 8:30 a.m. until after the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. Join us at the KCADD office, 501 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601. Pastries, fruit, coffee, and cider will be offered during the morning. Grilled pork chops, chicken, and more are on the menu for lunch. Stay tuned for additional details! 

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