Madison County, the City of Richmond, and the City of Berea hosted a countywide economic development tour of Madison County today. Community leaders from the three governments, Bluegrass Army Depot, Central Kentucky Regional Airport, and Eastern Kentucky University presented current economic initiatives, and highlighted areas of potential development within Madison County.
State and local leaders showed up to multiple locations across the county from Berea, Richmond, and back to EKU to hear about all the economic opportunities the area has to offer.
At the Central Kentucky Regional Airport, Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Terry Gill spoke about the Madison County and what central Kentucky is about to experience as far as growth.
Gill continued that the state is ranked number 2 in the country behind Washington state for its aerospace exports, and conveying just one of the reasons to entice businesses to invest in Central Kentucky.
Board members of the Madison County Airport also spoke, and outlined the plans for a new hangar on the property. Apparently, this is a much-needed upgrade, as not only is there a waiting list to park plans on the property, but it affects EKU as well. It was noted that at the moment, there is no more room for plans, and not enough flight time to be promised to students of the aeronautics program at EKU. The nationally-known program now has students being turned away because they can’t be accommodated at the airport until the new addition is complete.
The airport is currently flying about 100 planes per day, and with the new hangar expects to up this number substantially.