Industrial Development
GOAL: Increase the amount of industrial employment which includes manufacturing, natural resources, processing, and distribution by expanding existing companies and attracting new ones

Objectives

Develop strategies for targeted sectors, identified by a third-party professional, for recruitment, expansion, and workforce development

Support the continued development of regional and/or public-private partnerships to drive industrial development in the region

Increase industrial demand of skilled trade workers (construction, electricians, HVAC, welding, plumbing) and the availability of fast-track certification programs for experienced workers

Improve the economic competitiveness of most viable (based upon objective third-party professional analyses) sites and buildings in Appalachia Kentucky

Provide resources to transition established businesses to value added chains and/or connect them with new markets both outside of their existing industry and in the global marketplace

Collect and positively communicate detailed data on the workforce in the region

Support value added opportunities for extractive industries including, but not limited to: coal, natural gas, oil, and forestry

Potential for Collaboration with Other SOAR Goals

21st Century Workforce- through opportunities for employment and valuable experience presented by entrepreneurial activities and increased businesses in the region

Broadband Infrastructure Expansion- in order to be competitive with other regions and successfully recruit industry, it is as important as sewer or water.

Healthy Communities- in order to provide a healthy, drug-free workforce to potential employers.

SOAR Regional Blueprint Goals

Strategic Partnerships

These partners are part of the existing ecosystem that can support the realization of increasing the amount of industrial employment which includes manufacturing, natural resources, processing, and distribution by expanding existing companies and attracting new ones.

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Ongoing Projects