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Annual Report

Kentucky


Program # of Grants EDA Funds
Economic Adjustment Assistance 5 $4,832,950
Public Works 2 $3,145,200
Planning 1 $1,008,000
Technical
Assistance
1 $128,592
Total 9 $9,114,742

Bath County is a rural community of less than 12,000 residents in the heart of Kentucky.  When the county’s largest private employer, a company that processes food for manufacturers and food supply chains in North and Central America, announced its intent to expand its Bath County operations, the possibility created a huge opportunity for new jobs in this very small community where every job counts. 

Despite having the opportunity in its grasp, the City was unable to meet the infrastructure needs of the company’s expansion. To assist with the infrastructure needs of the community, EDA awarded $2 million to the City of Owingsville expand its wastewater treatment plant serving the Bath County Industrial Park. With this increased wastewater capacity, the company was able to expand, leveraging $44 million dollars in private investment and creating 272 new jobs.  Since the initial investment and expansion, the company has announced plans for another expansion that will create additional investment and employment, adding to the region’s growing food cluster.