HagermanHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/1/18) — Ray Hagerman, president of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp., wrote the column below that appeared in the EDC January newsletter:

As we look back on 2017, we have reason to be optimistic. Activity is higher than it's been since the end of the recession. We opened the Kentucky Innovation Station for entrepreneurs and co-workers and even landed a Nashville accounting firm to establish its first 10 employees there. We received a $1 million grant to fund the development during 2018 of Kentucky Movers and Makers, a facility that allows access to machinery and facilities that would otherwise be unavailable to most people.

The old Goodyear Building was sold and Webstaurant Store is deciding the size of its expansion there. Ahlstrom is investing $30 million in its new facility, protecting nearly 150 jobs and adding a handful more, many of whom will be going through the Kentucky FAME program. The Madisonville Spec Building was finally sold after 14 years to Alliance Coal, which will improve it and locate some jobs there to manage their equipment and do shop work.

The Helicopter School is on track to open in early 2018, hopefully bringing many new students to the area, with most being veterans straight out of the military. Hopkins County has always prided itself on how well it embraces veterans and this is a golden opportunity for the community to showcase itself as one of the best places in the country for veterans to live and work.

I could go on and on, but I want to close by thanking all the many community members that have collaborated with us, helped us and supported us as we work hard to lead the community to prosperity in this and every year. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and we at EDC hope you have a blessed and productive 2018.

SurfKY News
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