The perfect business climate for growth

In 2016, 54 new companies and 257 expansion projects were announced, resulting in 16,190 jobs and $3.1 billion in investment.

  • Site Selection’s annual Governor’s Cup awards make 2016 the third consecutive year Kentucky has placed first or second in the per-capita competition. Numerous Kentucky metropolitan and micropolitan regions also placed on top-10 lists for their economic development achievements. As well, Kentucky ranked seventh nationally in total projects, beating out states of far greater size.
  • Kentucky exports reached a record $29.24 billion in 2016, with products and services going to nearly 200 countries.
  • Kentucky is home to not one, but two major air cargo hubs, ranking the state 3rd in the nation in total cargo.
  • Kentucky’s industrial power costs rank 6th lowest in the U.S., and nearly 20 percent lower than the national average.

24 of the Fortune 50 largest U.S. corporations have operations in Kentucky. Why?

One reason is the excellent business climate, due in part to our competitive rates and award winning service, Kentucky's low relative business costs and an abundant supply of affordable labor.

  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Chevron
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Phillips 66
  • General Motors
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Electric Company
  • AT&T
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Cardinal Health
  • International Business Machines
  • Kroger Company
  • Marathon Petroleum Company, LP
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Amerisource Bergen
  • Amazon
  • Wellpoint, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • American International Group
  • Dow Chemical
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • United Parcel


Eight Fortune 1000 companies have their corporate headquarters in Kentucky:

  • Humana
  • Yum! Brands
  • Ashland
  • General Cable
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • Lexmark International
  • Brown-Forman
  • Temper Sealy International


Bridging a gap with the world

Proximity Map

City Distance (mi)
Atlanta 394
Chicago 200
Cincinnati 96
Cleveland 351
Detroit 360
Indianapolis 112
Memphis 369
Nashville 176
Pittsburgh 400
St. Louis 264

Kentucky is served by two international airports, Louisville International Airport and Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which are air cargo hubs for UPS and DHL, respectively.

Five major interstate highways provide access to all North American markets. More than 2,500 miles of railroad track are used by Norfolk Southern, CSX, Paducah & Louisville, and Illinois Central. With more than 1,100 miles of commercially navigable waterways and six public ports on the Mississippi River, Kentucky offers low-cost intermodal transportation.