In June and early July, representatives of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and the Georgetown/Scott County Economic Development organization visited Erlanger to share their perspectives on living in the area and provide TEMA team members with more information to help them evaluate their options. The six information sessions were attended by nearly 100 team members and significant others. (See the recap of the Plano Chamber of Commerce visits, and stay tuned for information on the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce visits to Erlanger.)

The presenters talked about the economy of the area and various aspects of the quality of life, education and housing. They also answered many questions ranging from the availability of senior services to where new schools are being built, and from taxes and road construction to how far city water and utilities run in Georgetown.

Each presenter also offered a peek into their own decision-making process about where to live and what the area they chose offered to them and their families. The overall message was that there is a diversity of options to meet a wide range of team member needs and preferences.

Interesting facts about the Georgetown and Lexington area

The region saw over $730 million in business investment in 2013.

Lexington was rated the 5th best city for families by Parenting Magazine and one of the top 25 high-tech hotspots by The Atlantic Cities.

95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, much of it in the Bluegrass Region.

The first registered distillery in Central Kentucky was in Lexington.

There are more than a dozen wineries in the Bluegrass.

You can fly non-stop to 15 destinations from Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, including Detroit, NY and Dallas.

Jif peanut butter is made in Lexington and you can often smell the roasting peanuts.

Kentucky’s 450 thoroughbred farms account for 30% of thoroughbreds foaled in the country.

Presentation Highlights

Here are a few highlights from the session:

  • Many national businesses have their manufacturing and corporate presence here, including Lexmark, Xerox, The J.M. Smucker Company (Jif), Tiffany & Co., Tempur Sealy International, Trane, and more. Among the biggest employers in the area are University of Kentucky, Toyota, and Fayette County Public Schools.
  • Area employment has returned to pre-recession levels as the region continues to benefit from growth in the construction, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services sectors.
  • Education:
    • Fayette and Scott counties lead the state in percentage of students meeting academic career ready benchmarks and both districts consistently score above state averages on the ACT.
    • The Bluegrass Region offers many quality options for K-12 and higher education. For a more in-depth look, read our recent Did You Know: Education in the Georgetown and Lexington Area article.
    • There are 10 colleges and universities within 40 miles of Lexington.
  • From newer, suburban neighborhoods, to older, historical, areas, the area offers many housing options.
  • Health care needs are well covered with 12 hospitals, about 250 physicians’ offices and nearly 150 dentists’ offices.
  • Arts and entertainment opportunities abound in the area, as do outdoor activities of all sorts from golfing, hiking, cycling and boating to rock climbing and, of course, the horses.

Links to information from the sessions: