FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) announced that Terri Bradshaw—an industry leader with three decades of experience spanning the economic and workforce development sectors—has been selected to become its next Vice President.
“We are elated to have Terri Bradshaw serve in this key leadership position,” said KAED President and CEO Haley McCoy. “Her extensive expertise and genuine commitment to KAED have been demonstrated over the years through her various roles in the association—from Executive Director of KIDC to serving as Secretary/Treasurer of our Foundation Board. I look forward to working alongside Terri in this new capacity and at this important time in Kentucky’s economic development history.”
KAED is Kentucky’s official economic development association, founded to represent diverse professionals across the Commonwealth who share a common interest in building and growing Kentucky. It is Kentucky’s premier professional development provider, a meaningful partner in Kentucky’s economic development and an advocate for practitioners of the state.
Since 2015, Bradshaw has served as the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation (KCDC). Since her arrival as head of the Frankfort/Franklin County economic development agency, she has worked to assist local businesses in creating thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of investments in the local economy; has successfully ensured the agency fulfilled its critical function of supporting development projects in Frankfort/Franklin County; and created various local development support organizations that are now active in the promotion of community growth.
Frankfort has been named one of the top 10 micropolitan areas in the country for job development and investment in seven of the last eight years and recently received initial approval for funding of an $8M regional industrial park in Franklin County. Before KCDC, she spent more than 20 years at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Workforce Development cabinets and as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Industrial Development Council.
She also serves as a member of the National Small Business Association Leadership Council, Bluegrass Area Development District Economic Development Advisory Committee, Bluegrass Community and Technical College Regional Opportunity Council and numerous local boards and committees.
“I am honored and thrilled to be selected to help lead KAED during this critical time for Kentucky’s economy,” said Terri Bradshaw. “I know first-hand what it takes to drive meaningful, sustainable, and equitable economic growth. I look forward to working with KAED’s President, staff, board of directors, partners and stakeholders to drive inclusive economic growth, vitality, and opportunity to every corner of Kentucky. The leadership in this organization truly understands economic development – the process, the importance, and the high ethical standards required. I look forward to working in such a professional environment.”
Bradshaw will officially assume the role of Vice President on January 16, 2024.