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Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

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Boards & Commissions

Helping to ensure the state’s economic development efforts remain cutting edge and business focused, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is led by the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board, some of the Commonwealth’s most prominent business men and women. In addition, several state boards and commissions also support Kentucky’s efforts to improve the local workforce, encourage business growth and help small businesses succeed.

Partnership Board

Comprised of 14 public-private sector members, the Partnership Board provides strategic governance to the Cabinet. The Partnership Board provides oversight of strategic plans, goals and structure for the Cabinet. Current members include:

Voting Members

Governor Andy Beshear, Chairman
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Elizabeth McCoy
1st District
Fred Sipes
2nd District
Keith Hamilton
3rd District
Candace McGraw
4th District
Terry Forcht
5th District
Melinda "Lindy" Karns
6th District
James Ed Harris
James Lusk
Secretary Rebecca Goodman
Energy & Environmental Cabinet
Secretary Holly M. Johnson
Finance & Administration Cabinet
Secretary Ray Perry
Public Protection Cabinet
Secretary Jamie Link
Labor Cabinet
Commissioner Jonathan Shell
Department of Agriculture

Non-Voting Members

Secretary Lindy Casebier
Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet
Secretary Jeff Noel
Cabinet for Economic Development

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The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) is responsible for awarding most of the financial incentives offered by the Cabinet, including job growth and retention tax credit programs, loans, industrial revenue bonds, economic development bond grants and tax increment financing. Current board members are as follows:

Jean R. Hale, Board Chair
Chairman, President & CEO
Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.
Don Goodin, Vice Chair
Owner and Managing Partner
Lebanon Oak Flooring Co. LLC
Chad Miller, Asst Secretary Treasurer
LockNet, LCC
Tucker Ballinger, Secretary Treasurer
President & CEO
Forcht Bank
Mike Cowles
Chevron Corporation - Retired
Secretary Holly M. Johnson
Finance & Administration Cabinet
Naashom Marx
Senior Manager of Strategic Innovation
Kenton County Airport Board / CVG International Airport

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The Bluegrass State Skills Corporation

The Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) oversees the approval of Skills Training Investment Credits and Grant-in-Aid projects to encourage workforce development in Kentucky. Current Members are as follows:

Jai Y. Bokey, BSSC Board Chair
V-Soft Consulting Group Inc.
Rita Combs-Sterrett
RCS Associates
Mrs. Shannon Cales, BSSC Member-at-Large
NuLease Medical Solutions, Healthcare Administration
Marty Hammons
Commissioner of Workforce Investment, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Jeff Noel, Secretary
Cabinet for Economic Development
Zach Weinberg
John Y. Kuzuoka, BSSC Secretary
School Administrator Sheet Metal Workers # 110, Retired
Tom Lund
Ryan Quarles
President, KCTCS
Brenda Bankston, BSSC Vice Chair
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Dr. Aaron Thompson
Council on Postsecondary Education
Jamie W. Link
Secretary - Education and Labour Cabinet
Aimee Wulfeck
Dr. Houston Barber BSSC Treasurer
Deputy Superintendent Fayette County Public School
Nicholas Rapier
Jim Dodds

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The Commission on Small Business Innovation and Advocacy

Is a regulation, law or mandate affecting your small business? As a small-business owner, you need a voice in state government. The Kentucky Commission on Small Business Innovation and Advocacy (CSBIA) is that voice.The CSBIA is an independent state commission that relies on the expertise of a thirteen-member board, appointed by the Governor.

The CSBIA provides information on proposed state legislation, regulations and recently enacted state law that impact small business. The Commission looks at issues such as licensing/permitting requirements, taxes, and other areas of government that affect small business.

The CSBIA exists to accomplish the following:

  • Address matters of small business as it relates to government affairs
  • Promote a cooperative and constructive relationship between state agencies and the small business community to ensure coordination and implementation of statewide strategies that benefit small businesses in the Commonwealth
  • Coordinate and educate the small business community on federal, state, and local government initiatives of value and importance to the small business community
  • Create a process by which the small business community is consulted in the development of public policy
  • Aid the small business community in navigating the regulatory process, when that process becomes cumbersome, time consuming, and bewildering to the small business community
  • Advocate for the small business, as necessary when regulatory implementation is overly burdensome, costly, and harmful to the success and growth of small businesses in the Commonwealth
  • Collect information and research those public policies and government practices which are helpful or detrimental to the success and growth of the small business community
  • Review administrative regulations and provide advisory opinions on potential impact to small business
  • Promote awareness of the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Enforcement Act of 1996 which was designed to help eliminate and/or reduce the cost of regulatory compliance for small businesses.

Interested parties may review proposed new regulations and legislation and provide comment.

To review proposed new regulations, visit the RegWatch page.
To review proposed and new legislation, the Legislative Research Commission page.

If you have questions or comments about the impact of government regulations on small business, please email or call 800-626-2930.

The CSBA is overseen by a board of business owners and is appointed by the Governor.

Current members

Lesa Ann Seibert, Vice Chair
Dale Morgan
Lexington Fayette Urban County
Toa Vipavee Green
Crank and Boom
Geoff Marietta
5th Congressional District
Terra Leavell
Black Community Development
Sundeep Dronawat
West Wind Power
Todd Blume
Paducah Beer Works
Susan Hoechner
Barbara Stewart Interiors
Jeff Anderson
Self Employed
Larry Waddle
Metal Recycling Yard
Joshua Ravenscraft
New Frontier, Inc.
Loren Wolff

CSBIA 2024 Meeting Dates (Frankfort)

  • February 9, 2024 (11 a.m.)
  • May 10, 2024 (11 a.m.)
  • August 9, 2024 (11 a.m.)
  • September 13, 2024 (11 a.m.)

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