Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond is home to Eastern Kentucky University, a regional, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
EKU has consecutively ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” according to Forbes, the popular business magazine. EKU has the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) that helps businesses, industries, organizations and communities throughout the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center at EKU offers a variety of counseling, training, and information programs and services to existing and potential small business owners. Their planning and consulting services are provided without charge.
Training workshops are offered at low to no cost. EKU Continuing Education & Outreach-Workforce Education provides quality professional development and training opportunities throughout Kentucky. Workforce Education draws upon the expertise of faculty, area business leaders, and professional trainers to develop and deliver programs tailored to meet the current economic needs of business and industry. EKU’s Department of Workforce Education is also home to an OSHA Training Institute Education Center — one of five Education Centers serving the eight states of Region IV.
In the fall of 2011 EKU opened the state-of-the-art Broadway-quality Center for the Arts with 2,100 seats. The Center has already booked headline attractions including “Mamma Mia”, “Spamalot”, Willie Nelson, Moscow Festival Ballet, Blue Man Group, Celtic Woman, ZZ Top and The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma and many more entertaining acts.
Other Education Sources
The University of Kentucky is the Commonwealth’s principal research institution located in Lexington. As part of UK’s service mission to Kentucky, several programs have been established to aid in economic development including an industrial extension program. Bluegrass Community Technical College is a post-secondary vocation institution located in Lexington offering career training in the areas of Business, Allied Health and Technical Education. Other Colleges and Universities in the Region are National College of Business, Kentucky State University, Georgetown College, Asbury University, Berea College, Midway College, Centre College and Transylvania University.
Madison County Area Technology Center
One of four agencies in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Department for Workforce Investment, the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) is responsible for administration of the Kentucky Tech school district – the first technical education system in the nation to become SACS-CASI accredited because of its continuous improvement process. One of Kentucky Tech’s 53 area technology centers (ATCs) is located in Richmond – Madison County Area Technology Center. With a vision to actively engage all students in the mastery of academic and technical skills, the primary purpose of ATCs is to enhance and expand options students need to be ready for college and a career.
Transportation and Market Access
The largest UPS ground hub in the state of Kentucky is located in Lexington just north of Richmond and delivers up to 60% of the US population in 2 days via ground and 79% in 3 days. UPS Worldport, the largest fully automated package handling facility in the world, is located about 1.5 hours northwest of Richmond via I-64 at Louisville International Airport. The DHL International Sorting Hub is located in northern Kentucky about 1.5 hours north of Richmond via I-75 at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
What to See and Do in Richmond, Kentucky
Richmond boasts a regional shopping center, theaters, live entertainment, cultural activities, fine dining, and many areas of scenic and historic interest.
- Historic Downtown Richmond is one of the finest restored 19th century commercial districts in the Southeast.
- The second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, the Battle of Richmond, was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories in the entire war. Annual Battle of Richmond Reenactment weekends feature living history exhibits, period music, etc. as well as the re-created battle event.
- White Hall State Historic Site is the former home of emancipationist and publisher Cassius Marcellus Clay, who was also U. S. minister to Russia and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln.
- Fort Boonesborough State Park is the site of a famous Kentucky settlement established by Daniel Boone in 1775. The site has been reconstructed as a working fort.
- The Hummel Planetarium and Space Theater is located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
- The Lake Reba Recreational Complex includes a swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, miniature golf, soccer fields, baseball fields & softball fields.
- The Richmond Area Arts Center creates quality artistic and educational opportunities for residents and visitors.
- The Valley View Ferry provides passage across the Kentucky River and is widely regarded as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s oldest continually operating business.
- There are 13 Parks and 7 Golf Courses in Madison County; and one can enjoy boating and fishing—on the Kentucky River, Wilgreen Lake and Owsley Fork Lake.