Regional Plan

Building a More Competitive Bluegrass Region

Lexington and Central Kentucky

The Bluegrass Region served by Commerce Lexington includes nine Kentucky counties: Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford. For more than two decades, Commerce Lexington has worked regionally through the Bluegrass Alliance, Central Kentucky Policy Group and Leadership Central Kentucky to promote economic development, job creation, workforce development and overall business growth in Lexington and the region. The goal of regional organization is to provide more regional continuity in key areas related to economic growth including recruiting and retraining business in the region, advocating for policy changes that benefit the regional economy and developing leaders who understand the impact of regionalism to economic competitiveness.

Faced with a rapidly changing competitive landscape, Commerce Lexington brought together a group of key regional stakeholders and the consulting team from Economic Leadership to create actionable intelligence about the region’s current economy and future competitiveness. This report resets the competitive landscape post-pandemic, identifies areas for attention, examines future growth opportunities and prioritizes the actions needed.