KENTUCKY

Region: Central East Region

Capital City: Frankfort

State Governor: Andy Beshear

Principal Cities: Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington 

Welcome to Kentucky, your new American Home

Combine a perfect location in the United States with a strong workforce, overnight delivery virtually anywhere in the world, and an abundance of opportunities for growth and profit, and you can see why Kentucky can be your ideal U.S. location. 

Kentucky is located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern U.S. Its borders are within 1000 km of more than 65 percent of the U.S population manufacturing establishments. 

A number of large European corporations have found prosperity in Kentucky, such as L’Oréal, Nestlé and Unilever, but Kentucky is also home to many European small-to-medium sized companies (especially from the German Mittelstand but also from Great Britain and France) that manufacture their products in environments that are very similar to their starting points in Europe. All of these companies appreciate the unconditional and uncomplicated support they receive from the local communities and the state. Kentucky values your investment whether you create 5 jobs or 5000 jobs. Every job is important to Kentucky, and that’s the way you will be treated. We value your know-how, want to learn from you and help you thrive in the United States. That is why a long, successful and personal partnership is our primary goal. Kentucky only succeeds when you succeed.

"Now You Know"

Kentucky Economic Development

Why Kentucky is the best place to bring your business in under four minutes.

Investing in Kentucky: Supporting European Companies in the U.S. Market

Top 10 Reasons for Locating or Expanding Your Business in Kentucky

We’re in the middle of everything

Unmatched logistics

Effective networking

Cost of Doing Business

Electrifying power rates

We’re training the workforce of the future

Business-minded educational approach

Strong support for innovation and entrepreneurship

Unsurpassed quality of life

Business-friendly attitude

What we Do / How we Help

If you are a European company evaluating the United States for a new business location, Kentucky’s European Representative Office should be a resource for you. We are the direct link to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a state that is highly competitive in offering business sites to European companies. We will give you a first glimpse of Kentucky’s many attributes, before connecting you with our American colleagues at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. 

The European Representative Office in Hamburg, Germany is your direct link to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The Kentucky Europe team travels frequently across Europe to discuss investment opportunities in Kentucky with interested companies. 

Support in Europe and Kentucky


We will be there for your whole Kentucky experience – whether you need assistance on your first trip to Kentucky, a person that introduces you to the right people or government support once your business is established. We know that you must be able to access accurate and timely information from a single source. The Cabinet's Department for Business Development staff is that source. With years of experience in economic development, any member of our highly qualified team can be your single point of contact for the duration of the site selection process.

Kentucky offers a wealth of programs and services designed to cultivate a pro-business climate, including some of the most innovative tax incentives and business development programs in the nation. Kentucky has many other advantages, including low business costs, available and productive workforce, and a central location.

Site Selection Services


To enhance your understanding of Kentucky's business environment as well as to guide you through Cabinet programs, a project manager is assigned to each company as a single point of contact for the duration of the process. This provides confidentiality for the company, while affording a degree of comfort to the local communities being evaluated. Our support for your site selection includes:

  • Site evaluation services, including detailed physical characteristics of shovel-ready sites and available buildings
  • Detailed community data on utilities services, business costs, local government services, labor availability, and other local resources
  • Accompany officials to Kentucky communities for confidential community and site evaluations
  • Liaison with state and local government agencies, utility companies, and other organizations, including arranging confidential meetings when appropriate
  • Preparation of financial packages, including training, tax incentives and other project inducements
  • Assistance in obtaining required state permits and licenses
  • Coordination of public announcements for location decisions, groundbreaking ceremonies, and facility grand openings.
  • Contact Information

    Joshua Seeberg, Director European Representative Office, CASE President
    CASE President

    Poststrasse 14-16 
    20354 Hamburg 
    Germany 

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