- United States
The Aerospace Alliance of East Kentucky (AAEK) is a group of like-minded economic development organizations brought together with the express purpose of attracting aerospace industry to East Kentucky. The region served by AAEK includes eleven counties and five industrial parks with more than 10,000 available skilled workers due to a decline in the coal industry. The work of AAEK has led to this region being certified as AeroReady. With the opening of the eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, the skilled workforce of this region will continue to grow. The goal of this organization is to recruit and locate prospective companies to this region while connecting them with low-cost labor, educational institutions, and meaningful incentives.