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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.

RCIDA partners with Russell County Schools on college and workforce training center project

Industrial authority provides $50,000 in matching funds for facility construction

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Kentucky (June 22, 2017) — The new Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center will be a building for economic development in the community, not just a building for Russell County Schools. 

It’s a point Superintendent Michael Ford is sure to make when discussing the center, which board of education members learned would become reality last month when the state’s Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee granted $5.7 million for the project. And it’s a point that’s illustrated when flipping through the grant application’s 128 pages, which includes 48 letters of support from industry leaders and community partners from Adair, Russell and Casey counties. 

“We want this to be a building for the entire region and community,” Ford said. 

Meet Russell County, Kentucky!

RCIDA has just released our newest video to showcase Russell County and announce our recent Food and Beverage Shovel-Ready Certification. Take a look at what Russell County has to offer!

French Valley Business Park receives food and beverage processing shovel-ready site designation


Industrial authority will begin recruiting food and beverage processing companies

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Kentucky (February 27, 2017) — Following a months-long analysis by a nationally renowned consulting firm, the French Valley Industrial Park has been certified as a shovel-ready site for food and beverage processing facilities.  

By receiving the Austin Consulting Shovel-Ready Site Designation Award, the Russell County Industrial Development Authority will focus recruitment efforts on the food and beverage industry, a possibility that presented itself when Fruit of the Loom closed its Jamestown factory in 2014 and left the county with excess water and wastewater capacity. 

“When Fruit of the Loom closed, we felt the impact on a number of levels,” RCIDA Executive Director Bennie Garland said. “And though we are grateful to have Stephens Pipe and Steel as a tenant in that location, we have excess water and wastewater capacity that was built specifically for Fruit of the Loom that needs to be utilized. Recruiting the appropriate industry to our county will hopefully keep us from continuing to pass along utility costs to consumers by raising rates.”

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.