• Looking for sky high potential?
    Think Aerospace in Kentucky.

  • Kentucky's Aerospace industry employs more than 17,000 people
  • Aerospace products are Kentucky's top export
  • Kentucky Aerospace exports up 183% in the last 5 years
  • Kentucky-made MICROSATELLITES are orbiting the earth




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An Added Incentive

In business, there is no "one size fits all" approach, and we realize that. For that reason, we work personally with each company to help lower the cost of doing business. First, we listen to the challenges and needs of that company and then collaborate to find ways for them to grow and expand in the commonwealth. We have available a variety of customizable solutions:

  • Sales and usage tax rebates
  • Corporate income tax credits
  • Wage assessments
  • Fixed asset financing
  • Industrial revenue bonds
  • Low interest loans
  • Environmental stewardship assistance
  • Workforce training grants
  • Recruitment and other job services at no cost


Kentucky's colleges and universities – and even high schools – conduct unprecedented research and construct aerospace products that are used worldwide. For example:

  • Morehead State University’s Space Science Center is a world leader in nanosatellite and cubesat technologies that are being used by NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, other universities and aerospace companies around the globe.
  • Researchers at the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University have collaborated with NASA to create specialized fluids experiments on the International Space Station.
  • The University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University are conducting research into spacecraft thermal protection systems.

NASA Kentucky is actively engaged with NASA and the state’s institutes of higher education on a variety of additional research, education and workforce development projects that will further space exploration and knowledge.

Going the extra mile

Many communities are taking extra steps to attract aerospace-related industries. For example, the newly formed Aerospace Alliance of East Kentucky is working to showcase the Eastern Kentucky region. The Alliance is using its current expertise to attract new and existing Aerosapce companies, from satellite manufacturers to drone makers.

Eastern Kentucky also has been certified Aero Ready. The region was certified due to its existing available labor force and ongoing educational programs.

Your future–filled with sky high potential–awaits you in Kentucky

To grow Kentucky's business community, the state strives to partner with each company and mutally find ways to meet their needs. That includes providing assistance during location or expansion plans, as well as every step along the way.

We offer resources to help companies strengthen their businesses, with workforce development assistance, export help, access to capital and new markets, and so much more. Kentucky is emerging as a hub of manufacturing and engineering excellence in North America. We always have space for you to grow with us.