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Pendleton County’s Economic Development effort is a collaborative partnership among the Pendleton County Fiscal Court, the cities of Butler and Falmouth, the East Pendleton Water District, the Pendleton County Water District and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. The purpose of this planning partnership is to provide the Pendleton County community with fulltime certified professional economic development planning staff to assist leadership in creating jobs and enhancing the overall quality of life for all Pendleton County residents.

To build a strong foundation for our future, Pendleton County has adopted a strategic vision of concentrating efforts in the areas of overall economic development, infrastructure development, urban renewal and strategic planning. Project activities range from small business development, industrial recruitment, workforce development, industrial and commercial site marketing, emergency services infrastructure redevelopment and water and sewer line construction to urban renewal planning, civic engagement and leadership development.
Pendleton County is also serious about promoting workforce development as a means of supporting our current industrial and commercial partners while promoting our community to new investment.  Pendleton County was recently designated by the Commonwealth and is a Work Ready in Progress Community.
A complete economic development marketing profile of Pendleton County can be found at  Pendleton County Economic Marketing Profile.

Small Business Development 

Pendleton County has teamed up with the Northern Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Northern Kentucky University to offer one-on-one assistance here in our community one day a month. Each third Thursday of the month SBDC staff will be available at the Pendleton County Courthouse to assist business startups with most any business related need they have. 
The SBDC, working cooperatively with the Economic Development Office, provides the following services to help local small businesses startup or expand.
  • Preparation of financial projections and financial models required by lenders.
  • Preparation of financial projections and pro formas required by lenders.
  • Legal assistance regarding establishing a business.
  • Preparation of detailed business plans.
  • Assembly of loan and investor packages.
  • Assistance with local zoning regulations, permitting and licensing.
  • Analysis of current financial performance.
  • Marketing and performance plans.
To better assist entrepreneurs and investors in determining the market potential for doing business in Pendleton County, market leakage data is available at Pendleton County Commercial Market Leakage Analysis

Business Licenses and Regulations

Establishing a business in Pendleton County also requires certain licenses, fees and adherence to building codes and zoning regulations. Detailed information regarding understanding zoning and other regulations and where to go for assistance can be found on the "Starting a Small Business" website.

Industrial Development 

The Pendleton County Commonwealth Commerce Center, located just south of Falmouth on U.S. 27 includes 56 acres of available property for commercial and industrial development. The industrial park holds environmental clearance having completed a phase 1 environmental assessment and a comprehensive state approved archeological assessment. A comprehensive listing of information regarding the Industrial park is found at Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Quick Facts.
The Commonwealth Commerce Center is owned and operated by the Pendleton County Industrial Development Authority, a non-profit public purpose corporation.

Incentives Available for Commercial and Industrial Development

A complete listing of incentives available through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for both small business and industrial development can be found at Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Incentives and Financing ProgramsPlease call the Pendleton County Economic Development Office for more details.

Quality of Life Profile

The Pendleton County business and leadership community understands decisions regarding investment in a community do not necessarily rest solely on availability of property.  Location, transportation, education, community demographic profile and overall quality of life can also heavily influence locational assessment of communities.  For an understanding of the unique nature of our place in Northern Kentucky, view the Pendleton County Demographic Trends Analysis.
For more comprehensive information regarding commercial and industrial property availability, small business training and development, industrial site location and development, availability of incentives for business and industry, commercial market potential and workforce recruitment and development, contact:
Bill Mitchell, Director
Pendleton County Economic Development Office
P.O. Box 171, 233 Main St
Falmouth, Kentucky 41040


Bill Mitchell, Director
Economic Development Office
P.O. Box 171, 233 Main St
Falmouth, Kentucky 41040

Industrial Development
Pendleton County has two Class A industrial parks consisting of approximately 269 total acres of developable property.

AA Industrial Sites
The AA Industrial Park consists of two sites located close to the AA highway at Ivor Road and Kentucky Route 8. Site #1 consists of 27 acres of level and cleared land.  Site #2 consists of 186 acres of mostly wooded land located on the Ohio River.  The topography is rolling to level featuring two distinct developable tracts.

A four (4) inch waterline bisects the two tracts with planning in place to install a (6) inch waterline to the park. Electrical service is available from both Owen Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Both sites have undergone a full phase I and limited Phase II environmental assessment. The accompanying development video graphically details both sites and their development potential.  

Below is video.
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Commonwealth Commerce Center: