Welcome Letter

welcome6Welcome to Richmond, Kentucky located in the heart of Madison County AND the heart of the Bluegrass State.  You will find Richmond to be a unique blend of small town warmth and friendliness while still having access to the advantages of a big city.

Richmond is the county seat of Madison County and has been one of Kentucky’s fastest-growing cities.  Richmond is located 26 miles south of Lexington, Horse Capital of the World, and 110 miles southeast of Louisville, home of Churchill Downs.  This legendary racetrack is home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, held on the first Saturday in May every year.  The metropolitan area of Cincinnati, Ohio is about 112 miles north with Knoxville, Tennessee 147 miles south.

Our beautifully-designed Richmond Industrial parks are conveniently located 3 miles off I-75 via a four-lane highway and offer infrastructure, rail service, some of the lowest electric rates in the country and are AT&T Fiber Ready. Richmond Industrial Park South, Richmond Industrial Park South II and Richmond Industrial Park South III contain an aggregate total of 624 acres. There are 187 shovel-ready acres currently available in Richmond Industrial Park South III. The street, curbs and gutters are installed and the environmental, archaeological, wetland and karst assessments have been completed. The terrain of the park features gently rolling hills and lots can be configured to suit almost any need.

Richmond’s location allows connection to global markets via Interstate 75 running north and south through the center of Madison County, Interstate 64 running east and west 20 minutes north, CSX rail and air travel from various airports:  executive jet access at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport (formerly Madison Airport) and commercial access through Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.   Interstate 75 has seven interchanges in Madison County with three of those serving Richmond.

work-readyBecause we are progressive and forward-thinking, we provide infrastructure and help facilitate continuing education to create quality jobs for all people of Richmond, Madison County and surrounding counties.  We understand that jobs provided by local industry enable our residents to enjoy a higher than average quality of life and revenue to the community in the form of taxes provides a solid foundation for needed services.

As of March 2016, Madison County’s Civilian Labor Force was at 44,668 with an unemployment rate of 4.6% which is below the state and national averages. Our 13-county Labor Market Area’s Civilian Labor Force was at 360,777 with an unemployment rate of 4.8%.  Madison County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community.

There are many more reasons that Richmond, Madison County is the place to be – Eastern Kentucky University; Richmond has a 105-bed acute care hospital; cost of living is lower than the national average; affordable housing; four seasons; arts; entertainment; shopping and dining…