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Community and Economic Development


This department coordinates activities pertaining to economic development, community development, project development, project administration, grants research, public administration, infrastructure planning, and geographic information systems. Staff also work with local elected leadership to provide public administration assistance. Our Economic Development Planner markets sites and buildings in the area to prospective businesses and industries. Our project developers are very effective in working with funding agencies to coordinate projects from just being a thought on a piece of paper to holding groundbreakings and open houses. Grant proposal writing, application submittal, and environmental review record preparation are just a few of their activities. We have certified project administrators who work as liaisons between the grantee, funding agencies, engineers, and project beneficiaries to make certain all requirements are met for financial management, contract administration, and labor compliance standards. Funding sources for community and economic development projects may include but are not limited to any number of federal and state programs such as: Community Development Block Grant, Appalachian Regional Commission, Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development, Homeland Security, Land & Water Conservation Fund, Recreational Trails Program, Transportation Alternatives Program, and Economic Development Administration.

Our GIS/Information Department staff, using GIS equipment and software, are able to display visual representations of data by utilizing a mapping program that geo-references points, lines, and polygon features. This information is collected and stored in a database environment.  Staff also provides mapping services.  Our Transportation planner works extensively with the 6-year highway plan, the ADD Transportation committee and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  He offers his expertise and technical assistance to constituents of the region on all transportation projects.

  • Projects   ( 5 Articles )
  • Geographical Information Systems   ( 1 Article )

    A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

    GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that revel relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

    A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

    GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.


  • Economic Development   ( 1 Article )

    ig Sandy Area Development District staff work with local governments, industrial authorities, and economic development professionals serving the region to facilitate economic development projects throughout the District. Whether providing information in response to prospective employer visits, planning for infrastructure to serve ED properties, or seeking federal/state funding for ED projects involving buildings or equipment, BSADD can assist in project planning, development and implementation.

    The Big Sandy Economic Development Council is a committee of professionals that are engaged in economic development activities throughout the region. Workforce development, education, tourism, entrepreneurial and economic development activities are the focus areas for the group that meets regularly to interact, network, and plan for the region’s growth and development. The Big Sandy Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is developed and/or updated each year by the group.

    Click the link below to access available sites and buildings in the region that are marketed through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s searchable database:



    April is Fair Housing Month


  • Planning   ( 6 Articles )
  • Public Administration   ( 1 Article )