Economic Development Council | Why Us
Why Us

Morehead and Rowan County are strategically located on Interstate 64 just 60 miles from Lexington Kentucky and Huntington West Virginia. Locating in Morehead and Rowan County places you within six hours of 55% of the U.S. population, 56% of the nation’s personal income, 52% of retail sales, and 62% of manufacturing employment.

Rowan County is the regional hub for employment, education, health care, dining, shopping, and recreational opportunities. Rowan County, with a population of approximately 24,500, is located near the rustic Daniel Boone National Forest and pristine Cave Run Lake. Rowan County is home of Morehead State University—ranked as one the best public universities in the south by U.S. News and World Reports—and the Rowan Campus of the Maysville Community and Technical College. From quality health care at St. Claire Regional Medical Center to a well educated workforce, Rowan County has everything your business needs to succeed.

Ask 10 people what economic development means and you will likely get 10 different answers. Some might say better employment opportunities, new business starts or expansions, a well educated and trainable workforce, state-of-the-art healthcare and maintained infrastructure in a thriving regional economy. All correct, in summary an improved quality of life.

The mission of the Morehead and Rowan County Economic Development Council, Inc. (EDC) is to coordinate all aspects of local economic growth. We serve the region by providing first class industrial properties at which businesses may develop and prosper.

Rowan County is home to one of a select few parks designated by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development as a Regional Business/Industrial Park. The MMRC, a 509 acre park offers Class A-1 industrial property. The MMRC, located one mile from Interstate 64 offers level, flood-free acreage with truck accessibility and industrial infrastructure ready for developments of most sizes.
Another exciting option for expansion is the 64 acre business and aviation park located 1.5 miles from I-64 adjacent to the new Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Airport. The airport features a 5,500 foot general aviation runway and T-hanger rentals. This new property is ready for development and is a perfect location for aviation-related businesses.

Strong partnerships are the foundation for success in economic developments. Partners from industrial development, local government, education, healthcare, the chamber of commerce, and tourism are working together to help you grow your business. When you come to Rowan County, you can rest assured our community is dedicated to your success.

The workforce of our region is enthusiastic, highly skilled, and ready to work. We encourage you to schedule a tour of the MMRC, talk to representatives of the many fine companies located here, and see for yourself what Morehead and Rowan County has to offer.