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Russell County Industrial Development Authority Year in Review

Even with the strains of the pandemic, Russell County saw significant progress and new investments in 2021. The Russell County Industrial Development Authority (RCIDA) continues to work for economic development in our region by creating an industry-ready environment and facilitating invitations to potential businesses and site selectors.

Two businesses announced developments in Russell County: Neat Distributing is building a manufacturing facility to produce high-density polyethylene drainage pipe, a 5.2 million investment, and Davis Gate & Wire Manufacturing is expanding operations with a new 75,000 sq ft facility near Jamestown. Both projects are currently under construction and should begin employing next year. 

2021 saw the opening of the Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center (a great resource for students and industry), and initial funding was secured for building a new AgriTech education center on property donated by the RCIDA in the Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex Site One. The future looks bright for education and workforce development in our region!

An updated master plan was developed for the newly expanded Site One industrial park, and improvements to the site include an extensive water mitigation project to enhance site drainage. 

In April, news came that Russell County had been selected for a 60 Megawatt solar electric generation facility. The 475-acre site is projected to be operational in 2023.

This year construction began on a new terminal building at the Russell County Airport, funded by a $449,892 federal grant. The new facility will include office space, an attendant counter, lobby, meeting room, kitchen, and pilot lounge.

The Cumberland Parkway was officially redesignated as an “Expressway.” While this might seem trivial, it’s important for international site selection as the term “parkway” is thought of as a service road in many other countries. “Expressway” accurately reflects the Interstate standards the highway is built to and makes Russell County’s strategic location more understandable.

The RCIDA board of directors hosted a variety of guests this year including Rocky Adkins, senior advisor to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, 83rd District State Representative Josh Branscum, and 16th District State Senator Max Wise. Monthly board meetings are open and interested members of the business community are invited to attend.

To learn more about the business environment in Russell County and keep up with the latest developments, visit the RCIDA website at rcidaky.com and follow on Linkedin and Facebook.

davis new construction sept 2021

Davis Gate & Wire Manufacturing building under construction (September 2021) in Russell County.

Russell county airport terminal under construction.

The new Russell County Airport Terminal under construction (December 2021).

News & Events

Cabinet and Furniture Maker Locating in Jamestown

Cabinet and Furniture Maker Locating in Jamestown

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RCIDA Spec Building Sold — Will Become Distribution Center for Regional Healthcare Company

RCIDA Spec Building Sold — Will Become Distribution Center for Regional Healthcare Company

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It’s Been a Good Year for Russell County!

It’s Been a Good Year for Russell County!

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MWM Consulting Hired to Assist the RCIDA

MWM Consulting Hired to Assist the RCIDA

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Second Cumberland Expressway Interchange Proposal for Russell Springs

Second Cumberland Expressway Interchange Proposal for Russell Springs

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Bennie Garland Oversaw Many RCIDA Accomplishments During Term as Executive Director

Bennie Garland Oversaw Many RCIDA Accomplishments During Term as Executive Director

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First Look Inside the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center

First Look Inside the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center

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Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center Construction Progress

Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center Construction Progress

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Solar Farm Project Coming to Russell County

Solar Farm Project Coming to Russell County

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Russell County Receives Funding for Advanced AgriTech Center

Russell County Receives Funding for Advanced AgriTech Center

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Founding Board Member Gene Smith Honored for 30 Years of Service

Founding Board Member Gene Smith Honored for 30 Years of Service

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RCIDA Receives ARC Grant for Development of Master Plan

RCIDA Receives ARC Grant for Development of Master Plan

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New Manufacturing Facility Coming to Russell County

New Manufacturing Facility Coming to Russell County

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RCIDA Expands Industrial Park with Property Acquisition

RCIDA Expands Industrial Park with Property Acquisition

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Airport Building New Terminal with Federal Grant Award

Airport Building New Terminal with Federal Grant Award

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New Industrial Property Listing in Jamestown Industrial Park

New Industrial Property Listing in Jamestown Industrial Park

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McConnell, Guthrie, Rogers, Comer Introduce Bill to Give Cumberland Parkway an Interstate Designation

McConnell, Guthrie, Rogers, Comer Introduce Bill to Give Cumberland Parkway an Interstate Designation

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Russell County Featured in Business View Magazine

Russell County Featured in Business View Magazine

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Russell County is Ready to Get Cooking

Russell County is Ready to Get Cooking

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Agritech Rises in Kentucky

Agritech Rises in Kentucky

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Small Business Administration Disaster Loans Guidance

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans Guidance

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Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Commissioner Taylor Makes Russell County His First Visit

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Commissioner Taylor Makes Russell County His First Visit

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2019 was a Great Year for Russell County

2019 was a Great Year for Russell County

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Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex Unveiled in Russell County

Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex Unveiled in Russell County

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Russell County Welcomes Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary

Russell County Welcomes Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary

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Russell County Native Rodney Hitch Named One of Top Economic Developers in North America

Russell County Native Rodney Hitch Named One of Top Economic Developers in North America

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Gene Royalty, Former RCIDA Director Leaves Lasting Legacy

Gene Royalty, Former RCIDA Director Leaves Lasting Legacy

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KCED European Office Executive Director Visits Russell County

KCED European Office Executive Director Visits Russell County

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Russell County's First Business and Industry Symposium Well Attended

Russell County's First Business and Industry Symposium Well Attended

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Business & Industry Symposium to be Held May 14

Business & Industry Symposium to be Held May 14

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Ground is broken for the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center

Ground is broken for the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center

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Jamestown Municipal Water Works recognized for outstanding water quality

Jamestown Municipal Water Works recognized for outstanding water quality

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RCIDA announces ‘Build-Ready’ site development

RCIDA announces ‘Build-Ready’ site development

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

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

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RCIDA has a powerful new recruitment tool

RCIDA has a powerful new recruitment tool

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RCIDA recognizes founding organizations

RCIDA recognizes founding organizations

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RCIDA receives grant to fund retail study and workforce analysis

RCIDA receives grant to fund retail study and workforce analysis

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New marina on Lake Cumberland will have economic impact

New marina on Lake Cumberland will have economic impact

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

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

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Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex Site 1 receives food and beverage processing shovel-ready site designation

Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex Site 1 receives food and beverage processing shovel-ready site designation

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RCIDA hosts energy grants workshop

RCIDA hosts energy grants workshop

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Jamestown, Russell Springs among first in Kentucky to be gigabit Internet communities

Jamestown, Russell Springs among first in Kentucky to be gigabit Internet communities

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Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Opens in Russell County

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Opens in Russell County

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Duo County Telecom Makes Technology Donation to Area Schools

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Superior Battery Encourages Local Businesses to Export

Superior Battery Encourages Local Businesses to Export

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Superior Battery Hosts Innovation in Exporting Event

Superior Battery Hosts Innovation in Exporting Event

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