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Inter-County Energy Cooperative, Ky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Win Site Selectors Guild Projects with a Purpose Award

(June 14, 2021) - The Site Selectors Guild (the Guild), the professional association of the world’s leading corporate location advisors, named Inter-County Energy Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives the inaugural winners of the Guild’s 2021 Projects with a Purpose award.The award, presented for the first time during the Guild’s 2021 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, honors individuals or organizations who have successfully implemented location selection projects that go beyond job creation to address social or environmental issues within a...

Diageo’s New 10M Proof Gallon Kentucky Distillery to Be Largest Carbon Neutral Distillery in N.A.

(June 30, 2020) Diageo’s Lebanon Kentucky Distillery project is continuing to make progress toward its 2021 opening. The distillery was announced in late 2018 with an official ground breaking in July 2019. The new $130 million distillery is expected to produce 10 million proof gallons per year of Bulleit Bourbon and other Diageo American whiskeys.

Diageo Takes Stride Towards Climate Change Goal with First Carbon Neutral Distillery

(June 29, 2020) – Global beverage leader Diageo announced today that its new Kentucky whiskey distillery, which will distill Bulleit, is expected to be carbon neutral – one of the largest in North America, and a first for Diageo. Reinforcing Diageo’s global commitment to reducing its carbon emissions and addressing climate change, the site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity, with a capacity to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year. 

A Greenhouse Large Enough to Feed the Eastern Seaboard

(Sept. 3, 2019) Proximity to big markets is crucial for the fresh produce business. So when AppHarvest, a two-year-old start-up, was looking for a site for a greenhouse, it picked a 366-acre field in Rowan County just outside Morehead, a university town in eastern Kentucky.

2 Kentuckians named among top economic developers in North America

(July 24, 2019) - Rodney Hitch and Brad Thomas are among the top 50 economic developers in North America, according to a leading economic development consulting firm. They work to bring new and expanding businesses to rural Kentucky on behalf of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Hitch serves as economic development director and Thomas as economic development manager.

Co-ops thank leaders for working to attract $2.5B in projects to rural Kentucky

(Jan. 10, 2019) - Rural Kentucky has a lot to look forward to during the next few years, thanks to 2018’s banner year for announcements of new and expanding businesses. Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives on Thursday congratulated and thanked the hundreds of leaders whose hard work helped to bring about corporate decisions to spend $2.5 billion and create nearly 3,000 jobs in coming years in 87 counties of rural Kentucky served by the co-ops.

Diageo to Locate New Distillery in Lebanon

(Dec. 13, 2018) - Diageo, a global producer of beverage alcohol, will locate a $130 million distillery in Lebanon creating 30 full-time jobs. Diageo will locate the entire manufacturing facility – including a distillery, dry house and warehousing – in Lebanon. Company leaders expect the project to begin in summer 2019 and go operational by early 2022.

Nucor to Double Gallatin County Steel Mill’s Capacity with $650 Million Expansion

(Sept. 7, 2018) - Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Nucor Corp. on its plans for a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its mill near Ghent, Nucor Steel Gallatin, and thanked the company for its ongoing commitment to the commonwealth. This second phase will increase the mill’s annual capacity from 1.6 million tons of coiled sheet steel to approximately 3 million tons. As well, it will allow the mill to produce coils up to 73 inches wide.

Shelby Energy, Norfolk Southern Railway partner to promote Shelbyville site to employers

(Dec. 18, 2017) — Shelby Energy Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are using high-tech tools to help draw employers to a high-profile Shelbyville, Ky., site. The 400-acre Norfolk Southern property, located adjacent to Interstate 64 in Shelbyville, is the latest site showcased on, which features locations available to commercial and industrial businesses looking to expand or relocate. Videos and detailed data about the property appear on the PowerVision page of the web site.


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2018 Excellence in Economic Development Award

National Rural Economic Developers Association

2017 Excellence in Economic Development Award

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