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Jamestown Municipal Water Works recognized for outstanding water quality

Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland

Our Food and Beverage Shovel-Ready Certification was possible in large part because of our high capacity water and sewer infrastructure. Not only do we have a vast water supply from Lake Cumberland, we have among the highest quality water in the state. Congratulations to Jamestown Municipal Water Works for achieving this status, one of only 13 facilities in the state to receive gold seal recognition.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 17, 2018) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 42 surface water treatment plants in the Commonwealth for meeting the 2017 goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP).

AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which encourages drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that go beyond regulatory requirements. Kentucky is one of 26  participating states. All of Kentucky’s public water systems are encouraged to participate in AWOP in order to provide the highest quality water to residents.

AWOP provides tools and approaches for drinking water systems to meet water quality optimization goals and to provide an increased and sustainable level of public health protection to consumers. The program emphasizes the optimization of turbidity removal through the drinking water treatment process. Turbidity, or cloudiness, is a measurement of particles in water including soil, algae, bacteria, viruses and other substances. AWOP  also focuses on improving the operation of existing facilities rather than implementing costly capital improvements.

“Together, these 42 drinking water treatment plants serve more than 1.1 million Kentuckians,” said Joe Uliasz, supervisor of the Division of Water’s Drinking Water Compliance and Technical Assistance Section. “These drinking water treatment plant operators deserve our recognition and appreciation for their daily efforts to exceed the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”

Two Kentucky water treatment plants received an AWOP Champion Award. This award takes into account the high level of optimization achieved, as well as the system’s overall compliance record for the previous three years. Logan Todd Regional Water Commission was awarded the 2017 Champion Award for a large drinking water treatment plant (designed to produce three million or more gallons of water a day). Leitchfield Water Works received the 2017 Champion Award for a small drinking water treatment plant (designed to treat less than three million gallons of water a day).

Thirteen AWOP drinking water systems received special recognition, with a gold seal on their certificates, for achieving the AWOP goals 100 percent of the time in 2017. These include Barbourville Water and Electric, Bullock Pen Water District, Glasgow Water Company – Plant A, Greenup Water System, Jackson County Water Association, Jamestown Municipal Water Works, Kentucky American Water Co. – Plant B, Laurel County Water District No. 2, Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department, Liberty Water Works, Logan Todd Regional Water Commission, McCreary County Water District – Plant B, and Rattlesnake Ridge Water District.

For additional information about AWOP visit or contact Jackie Logsdon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 270-824-7529

RCIDA announces ‘Build-Ready’ site development

Congressman James Comer was on hand to help announce the French Valley Build-Ready site plan. 

August 8, 2018

The Russell County Industrial Development Authority announced today its Build-Ready site preparation in the French Valley Business Park. This initiative will make the park very attractive to companies looking for a large industrial site prepared and ready for construction. Build-Ready is a certification awarded by the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development and prominently promoted by them to companies looking to locate in Kentucky.

“Having this certification is one more tool in our belt to attract manufacturing to Russell County,” said Bennie Garland, RCIDA Executive Director. “We have recently attained Food and Beverage Shovel-Ready Certification, thanks largely to our robust wastewater treatment infrastructure and the ample water supply of Lake Cumberland. Adding a Build-Ready site has proven to be a smart investment for other communities in Kentucky who have done so, and it will increase our location status significantly.”

A Build-Ready site allows companies the opportunity to bypass much of the red tape required when establishing a new location by addressing needs and concerns before they arise. This proactive preparation of sites allows for quick decision site selection. Build-Ready certification if proof to a company that unknown obstacles have been removed, that the site due diligence has been performed and the project implementation timeline has been significantly accelerated.

With a Build-Ready site, much of the work, other than actual construction, has already been completed. That includes control of the land to be developed, archaeological, environmental and geotechnical studies performed, construction of a build pad, preliminary design work (complete with project cost and construction timeframes clearly defined), approved site plan permits and necessary infrastructure in place. On a Build-Ready site, construction can begin immediately.

“A good deal of the research necessary for obtaining a Build-Ready certification has already been completed for the Food and Beverage Shovel-Ready Certification, so it only made sense to go for the next step,” said Garland 

The Build-Ready project was awarded to MSE of Kentucky, Inc, a Lexington engineering firm that has worked on many projects in Russell County and is familiar with the French Valley Business Park. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“Build-Ready sites are a win-win for both businesses and communities because they provide a method to start operations more quickly, which, in turn, creates local jobs faster,” said Garland. “This is an exciting time for future growth and possibilities in manufacturing of the food & beverage industry as well as other manufacturing processes.”

French Valley Build Ready Pad


About RCIDA:
The Russell County Industrial Development Authority is set up to streamline the entire process of relocation, expansion or creating a new development in Russell County, Kentucky. RCIDA can help locate available state and local incentives, efficiently channel building permits, provide statistical information, secure quality service accounts and deliver a whole range of other services. The RCIDA Board draws its members from key areas of the county's business and industrial community, with executives representing the areas of finance, public utilities, construction, development, education and business. They have a single purpose: to give your business a foundation for success in Russell County. 

Board Chairman Clint Voils participates in Kentucky Association of Manufacturers LAND Forum

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have aligned to leverage agricultural resources of the Commonwealth with the state's robust manufacturing industry with a series of forums held across the state. These LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development) forums are intended for manufacturers, agricultural leaders, economic development professionals, local and state officials, academia, and other stakeholders.

As a life-long, second-generation farmer and someone well involved with the industrial landscape of the region, RCIDA Chairman Clint Voils was asked to participate in the June 12th forum held in London, Kentucky. Voils Farms grows corn, soybeans and wheat among other products in Russell County. Voils was part of the Agricultural Producers Panel.

The goal of these forums is to bolster existing collaboration between agriculture and manufacturing to develop and expand upon the existing supply chain for agricultural products to the manufacturing sector. 

The remaining forums in this series will be held on August 1 in Cave City, August 2 in Murray, and September 26 in Shelbyville. For more information about the forum series, visit the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers' website:

RCIDA has a powerful new recruitment tool


The Russell County Industrial Development Authority has a new tool that will enable potential business and industry to make well informed decisions about locating in the county. A comprehensive Workforce Analysis report prepared by the lake Cumberland Area Development District details a wealth of information about the available workforce in Russell and surrounding counties. 

“It is a good planning document for any industry,” said Bennie Garland, RCIDA Executive Director. “It used to be ‘Do you have land or do you have a building?’ ... but today it’s ‘what are your workforce issues?’ ”

The 123 page analysis includes detailed demographics, wages by occupation, commuting patterns, education, quality of life and more. One section presents “What If” examples of scenarios a potential industry might find in staffing a workforce in Russell County. It details availability by job / skill and regional wage.

JOMEL opening manufacturing location in Russell County

Russell County Industrial Development Authority is proud to welcome JOMEL Seams Reasonable, LLC to Russell County! JOMEL Seams Reasonable manufactures premium bedding, including quilted covers and pillow shams.

JOMEL will be occupying the former GGH Heritage facility (purchased by the RCIDA to attract another manufacturing entity) located on Ferco Way in Jamestown. An exact opening date has not been announced yet, but the company says they anticipate an initial employment of 10 with a goal of up to 30 within four years.

JOMEL currently has operations in Burkesville, Kentucky and Trinity, North Carolina. For more information visit the JOMEL Seams Reasonable website at

RCIDA recognizes founding organizations

From left: Tom Preston, Executive VP & CEO Duo County Telephone; Nick Shearer, Mayor of Jamestown; Eric Selby, Mayor of Russell Springs; Gary Robertson, Russell County Judge Executive; Don Cooper, VP Bank of Jamestown; Ronald Hopper, Executive VP First National Bank and Charlene Harris, President & CEO First National Bank

The Russell County Industrial Development Authority gave special recognition to six founding organizations whose support has been vital to the success of the RCIDA. Plaques of appreciation were presented to representatives of the City of Russell Springs, the City of Jamestown, Russell County government, the Bank of Jamestown, First National Bank of Russell Springs, and Duo County Telephone Cooperative.

The Resolution of Appreciation to Founding Organizations was read into the August 28, 2017 minutes for a permanent record of the Board of Director's appreciation.

The resolution also cited a few highlights of the RCIDA's 26-year history, including the creation of two industrial parks and the location of over five industries that are now employing more than 700 residents.

RCIDA receives grant to fund retail study and workforce analysis

RCIDA board members.

Seated, from left, Clint Voils, RCIDA Chairman; Mark Mason, USDA Rural Business Specialist. Standing, Gary Robertson, Russell County Judge-Executive; Bennie Garland, RCIDA Executive Director; Judy Keltner, Community & Economic Development Director LCADD.

Business owners considering Russell County as a location will soon have important data they need to make an informed decision, and existing businesses will have more tools at their fingertips to help with expansion.

New marina on Lake Cumberland will have economic impact

The new marina will join State Dock and Jamestown Marina as draws to Russell County.

A new marina to be constructed on Lake Cumberland will have a strong, positive economic impact on Russell County. Although the marina site is located in Clinton County, the primary access with be through Russell County resulting in increased tourism spending.

Tourism is a vibrant and vital industry for our region. Lake Cumberland is directly responsible for millions of dollars added to the Russell County economy annually.

Read the full press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A Growth Environment

Russell County's residents enjoy top-quality services, a range of activities and a beautiful recreational lake.

Strong Work Ethic

Russell County's rural farming traditions provide a workforce that is loyal, trainable and dependable.

Available Sites

More than 150 acres of choice industrial sites are now available in Russell County.

Why Choose Russell?

A short distance from I-65 and I-75, Russell County provides local industries with quick access to their markets.