Infrastructure and Utilities

Lowest electric rates

Kentucky enjoys a tremendous competitive advantage in the provision of electric energy, natural gas, and water supply. Kentucky's electric power costs in the industrial sector ranked the lowest in the nation east of the Mississippi for 2012 based on annual rankings compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Kentucky has consistently placed among the lowest cost states for industrial electric power since 1990. In 2012, Kentucky had the sixth lowest industrial electric costs among all fifty states. Kentucky is well served by its abundant coal reserves, its proximity to the natural gas pipeline corridor, and its wealth of water resources.

Telecommunications networks

Kentucky is served by one of the most extensive networks in the country, with fiber optic, wireless, digital microwave and satellite technologies integrated into a sophisticated infrastructure capable of handling the most demanding needs. ConnectKentucky is a quasi-public alliance of leaders in private industry, government, and universities working together to develop the most effective technological infrastructure for Kentucky. ConnectKentucky’s mission is to accelerate the growth of technology in support of community and economic development, improved healthcare, enhanced education, and more effective government.

Logistical advantages

Kentucky is located in the center of eastern U.S. industrial and consumer markets, with its borders within 600 miles of over 60% of the nation’s population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Ten interstate highways and a network of nine state parkways serve the state. Kentucky's intermodal freight and passenger transportation systems have reached out to provide efficient and cost-effective access to all points of the globe. Regional markets are also easily served from Kentucky's strategic location, midway between the large Midwestern and growing Southeastern and Gulf export markets. Visit Kentucky's Logistics Quick Facts to learn more.


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development   Old Capitol Annex  300 West Broadway   Frankfort, KY 40601
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