Created by KRS 147A.05, Area Development Districts are organizations devoted to economic planning and development in a multi-county region. They provide a link between local communities, state and federal agencies, and private organizations. Area Development Districts exist throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, providing service to every Kentucky county. ADDs’ missions are to bring those local, civic and governmental leaders together to accomplish those objectives that could not be achieved by the governments acting separately.
Area Development Districts provide regional planning, economic development and social services to communities and individuals within their service area. ADDs serve as forums, clearinghouses, technical centers and conveners for their region. They also provide counties within their service area with extensive program opportunities, trainings, and services. Staff within the ADDs assist communities with writing grants, public administration, infrastructure planning and more.
As mandated in Kentucky Revised Statutes, each ADD is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of elected officials from counties and communities within the District, and non-elected citizen members representing a cross-section of the region’s social and economic institutions. The Kentucky Council on Area Development Districts (KCADD) serves as the coordinating body of the fifteen ADDs. KCADD is governed by a Board of Directors made up of two representatives from each ADD. In leadership of each ADD is an executive director, appointed by the Board of Directors and responsible for governing the day-to-day activities of his or her ADD.
The Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) is the Area Development District that serves the southcentral region of Kentucky. BRADD’s mission is to preserve and advance the quality of life and economic well-being for the citizens of the BRADD through regional collaboration. All programs and services of the BRADD are filtered through this mission. Operationally, BRADD has two service areas: Planning and Economic Development and Aging and Independent Living.
Read more about BRADD’s mission and goals.
BRADD serves the following counties and the incorporated cities in these counties:
BRADD has approximately 50 board members. Every BRADD county is represented on the Board of Directors by the county judge executive, the mayors of the first three classes, mayors of the county seat, and a citizen member chosen by the elected members. The board also includes special members representing diverse parts of the region. State and federal legislators are special advisors to the board. A smaller, ten-member executive council helps guide the agency in their day-to-day operations.
BRADD offers a wide array of services to help improve the lives of the people living within BRADD’s ten-county area. These services are related to community and economic development, financial administration & management and aging and independent living. The Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, an organization housed within BRADD, provides resources for elderly and disabled populations in the 10-county service area.
The Community and Economic Development staff assists local government and economic development agencies in improving the quality of life for the citizens of the BRADD region. This includes applying for state and federal investments through grants and loans, hazard mitigation planning, water and wastewater planning, transportation planning, and GIS mapping services. BRADD also formulates the district’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), as well as provides training, resources, and workshops for local officials. For a listing of upcoming trainings/events, visit BRADD's social media pages or the home page. BRADD also maintains a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for businesses and industries in our 10-county region.
The Finance department conducts the day-to-day financial administration at BRADD. The department prepares and monitors the annual budgets, develops and implements internal controls within BRADD, maintains all fiscal records, and is responsible for maintaining transparency, accountability, and compliance with federal and state issued regulations. Of BRADD’s annual budget, nearly 71% is pass-through dollars.
The Barren River AAAIL is an agency dedicated to identifying and addressing the needs of the elderly and disabled populations throughout BRADD’s ten county region. Services that this department provides include but are not limited to in-home and community services, assessment/case management services, family caregiver support services, and social, nutritional and health promotion services. The AAAIL is advised by the Barren River Aging Advisory Council, as well as the BRADD Board of Directors.
To read more about services provided by the AAAIL
Local Government Official/Representative
As a current elected official Mayor or Judge Executive, you serve on the BRADD Board of Directors. As such, you will be invited to attend regular meetings, trainings and more. We are your resource for state and federal grants, infrastructure planning, and business economic development. To learn more, call us at 270-781-2381.
Elderly or Disabled Individual/Caretaker
The Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living provides resources and assistance to those who serve as caretakers for elderly or disabled, and is the region’s authority on aging services. If you or a loved one are in need of services of this kind, please contact our Aging and Disability Resource Center at (270-782-9223) or (1-800-395-7654) or read more information about individual programs.
As a community stakeholder ourselves, we want to partner with you to promote the vision of regional cooperation. We would love to learn from, collaborate, and engage with non-profits, government agencies, local businesses and more in the district. Contact our Executive Director at 270-781-2381.