What is GRADD?

The Green River Area Development District is an Economic Development District (EDD) operating under the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA). GRADD includes seven counties in Northwestern Kentucky – Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster – and includes portions of the Green River and Ohio River. GRADD serves 27 cities within its seven counties.

Data Collection and Collaboration for this Plan

Community MeetingsBusiness and Nonprofit MeetingsResearchPublic SurveysADD Meetings
GRADD staff worked with elected officials and local leaders. Meetings and conversations identified the needs of local communities and how communities adapted during the pandemic.

Visits to businesses and nonprofits around the region identified best practices and lessons learned.

GRADD staff collected data and stories from a range of sources including online databases, U.S. Census Bureau, local newspapers, national articles, national associations, and federal partners.

GRADD staff conducted three online public surveys to gather information on households, businesses, and schools. The results presented evidence of how each of those groups handled the pandemic.

Starting in January 2021, Kentucky’s ADDs met on monthly video calls to share knowledge, best practices, and challenges regarding the creation of this plan.