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Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project launches Bludot

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Local economic development leaders now have secure and direct communication with local businesses as part of the Kentucky Economic Recover and Resilience Project,

This is part of a two-phased project between the Kentucky Association for Economic Development and the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky.

Phase 2 provides Bludot, web-based business retention and expansion platform free to Kentucky communities. It is pre-populated with personalized business data so that communities can hit the ground running from the first login. Users will be able to sort business data by industry type, geographic area, size or age of business and by custom tags they create.

Bludot allows for multiple users but requires one lead contact from each community. This lead must currently be the judge-executive, mayor or the lead economic development staff person in a community. The lead contact may add other users such as the chamber of commerce directors, tourism directors, etc.

CEDIK will host three onboarding webinars so communities and local economic development teams may see a live demonstration of the platform and ask questions.

The webinar dates are July 20, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21, all beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. Registration for each date is available at https://bit.ly/3iP8Z7a

The informational website for Bludot is accessible online at http://www.cedik.ca.uky.edu/bludot.

The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has been instrumental in the development and implementation of initiatives specific to professional education, COVID-19 recovery and business retention and expansion.

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