Located in Central Appalachia, and the eastern coalfields of Kentucky, Magoffin County has been significantly impacted by changes in the economy including decreased coal production, and loss of jobs. EHI lead a team in the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Plan for Magoffin County. The goal of the plan was to develop a multi-faceted approach in providing economic opportunity while improving the overall quality of life for residents. The plan includes strategies for tourism development, business diversification/target industries, small business development, workforce development and disaster mitigation.
EHI sought out project champions early in the process and engaged the public to focus on the assets of the Magoffin County such as its natural environment, heritage and location as strategic economic driver. Magoffin County is surrounded by unique and geological significant landscapes, state parks and numerous cultural and outdoor activities, and is poised in the region as a tourist destination. Its location on the Mountain Parkway also provides an opportunity for the County to become an important economy player in the region. With future improvements scheduled, the Mountain Parkway provides a critical link to the Bluegrass Region, an important economic and tourists market for Magoffin County. The plan was completed in March 2015.