Boards & Commissions

Helping to ensure the state’s economic development efforts remain cutting edge and business focused, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is led by the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board, some of the Commonwealth’s most prominent business men and women. In addition, several state boards and commissions also support Kentucky’s efforts to improve the local workforce, encourage business growth and help small businesses succeed.

Partnership Board

Comprised of 13 public-private sector members, the Partnership Board provides strategic governance to the Cabinet. The Partnership Board provides oversight of strategic plans, goals and structure for the Cabinet. Current members include:

Governor Matthew G. Bevin, Chairman
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Scott R. Audas
Farmers Bank & Trust Company
Luther Deaton Jr., Vice Chair
Central Bank & Trust Company
Secretary David Dickerson
Public Protection Cabinet
Terry E. Forcht
Forcht Group of Kentucky, Inc.
Secretary Terry Gill
Cabinet for Economic Development
Jean R. Hale
Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.
M. Melinda Karns
Blue & Co., Inc
Secretary William Landrum
Finance & Administration Cabinet
Secretary Don Parkinson
Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet
Secretary Derrick Ramsey
Labor Cabinet
William T. Robinson
Frost Brown Todd, LCC
Secretary Charles G. Snavely
Energy & Environment Cabinet
William E. Summers IV
Louisville Metro Government
Jean Wells
Wells Health Systems

The Kentucky Economic Development
Finance Authority

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) is responsible for awarding most of the financial incentives offered by the Cabinet, including job growth and retention tax credit programs, loans, industrial revenue bonds, economic development bond grants and tax increment financing . Current board members are as follows:

Jean R. Hale, Board Chair
Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.
Aubrey Hayden, Board Vice Chair
Your Community Bank
Michael T. Vogt, Secretary/Treasurer
Mazak Corporation
Dorsey G. Hall, Assistant Secretary Treasurer
South Central Bank
Tucker Ballinger
President & CEO, Forcht Bank
Joe Kelly
Columbia Gas of Kentucky - Retired
Secretary William Landrum
Finance & Administration Cabinet


Decisions from recent KEDFA board meetings is available here.

The Bluegrass State Skills Corporation

The Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) oversees the approval of Skills Training Investment Credits and Grant-in-Aid projects to encourage workforce development in Kentucky. Current Members are as follows:

Randall Fox, BSSC Board Chair
Capstone HR Services Inc.
William “Carl” Lay, BSSC Vice-Chair
Akebono Brake Corporation North America
Brenda Bankston
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Tom Lund
Marion County Economic Development
Daniel Atzinger
Ford Motor Company - Retired
Rita Combs-Sterrett, Secretary
RCS Associates
Robert L. King
Council on Postsecondary Education
Eston Glover, Executive Member at Large
Pennyrile Rural Electric Coop.
Secretary Derrick Ramsey
Labor Cabinet
Torsten Langguth
Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems, Inc.
Secretary Terry Gill
Cabinet for Economic Development
John Y. Kuzuoka
Sheet Metal Workers #110
Doris Moody, Treasurer
Logan Aluminum Inc.
Dr. Jay Box
Hal Heiner, Secretary
Education & Workforce Development Cabinet
Commissioner Beth Kuhn
Department of Workforce Investment
Jeff Whitehead

The Commission on Small Business Advocacy

The Commission on Small Business Advocacy (CSBA) is an independent state commission that serves as a voice for Kentucky’s small business community during the regulatory and legislative development process.

The Commission relies on the expertise of a thirteen-member board, appointed by the Governor. The board members represent a diverse and unique mix of small business owners and advocates. Each member has a deep appreciation of small business and a commitment to represent the specific needs of the small business community.

Current members are as follows:

Tyrone Tyra, Chair
Commerce Lexington
Kerri Richardson, Vice Chair
C2 Strategic Communications
Normand Desmarais
Tier 1 Performance
Michael Goldston
Brewco, Inc.
Patricia Krausman
Elizabethtown SBDC
Laura Leigh Goins
Wesley Center Day School
Earl ‘Chip’ Hamm, Jr
Hamm & Associates, PLLC
Jason Francis Looman
Steinert US, Inc.
Jack McCann
Lincoln Memorial University
Herbert L. McKee
Self Employed
Malissa Shelton
Hometown Bank
Kristel Smith
Kentucky Innovation Network
Sandra Wilson
Hart County Tourist Commission