KAED annual conference coming to Bowling Green

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By Special to The Sun


On Nov. 14 through 16, more than 150 economic development professionals; local, regional, and state elected officials; and leaders in workforce training, exporting, and various industry sectors will gather in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) annual fall conference and Hall of Fame banquet.

The conference will be Kentucky’s premier event to address the current economic climate and to connect economic developers with resources.
“KAED is recognized in the state of Kentucky as the premier economic development organization in the state,” stated Hal B. Goode, president of KAED, “with our theme of connecting leaders and growing Kentucky, our week will include consultants and developers who travel the world and work daily in job creation and capital investments for business.  It’s a great agenda for economic development professionals and elected officials alike.”
Speakers for the conference will include Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson, and Kentucky Commissioner, Department for Business Development Erik Dunnigan.
According to Ron Bunch, President and CEO for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, “South Central Kentucky is thrilled to host this year’s fall conference. We have worked closely with KAED to recruit nationally recognized experts and some of the state’s foremost contributors in economic development to participate as keynote speakers and panelists, all with the purpose of addressing ways we can grow Kentucky’s economy.”
The conference will address topics such as job creation, talent development and international business. Site consultants will discuss business recruitment in sectors that include life sciences, batteries/energy storage, and data centers.  Jim Martin, a retiree of the Tennessee Valley Authority, will be inducted into the KAED Hall of Fame for his economic development efforts throughout South Central Kentucky.
Goode added, “Bowling Green has rolled out the red carpet for our organization for the annual conference and KAED looks forward to a productive session in leading economic development efforts in Kentucky.”
For additional information, call 502-227-9653 or go online to www.kaedonline.org.