S.W.O.T Analysis

KIPDA conducted an analysis of the region's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats or challenges, known as a SWOT analysis. The analysis includes the feedback from KIPDA's various regional committees, elected officials, and other stakeholders from the community on what they identified to be areas of priority for each of the categories. 

The SWOT had 56 respondents from all seven counties- Jefferson, Bullitt, Spencer, Shelby, Henry, Oldham, and Trimble. The respondents also ranked regional service priorities, economic development strategies, and capital improvements. The top five regional service priorities are: Affordable Housing, Infrastructure Improvements, Workforce Development/Job Training, Entrepreneur Support/Small Business Development, and High Speed Internet Availability/Access. The full list of rankings are displayed on the following page.


The results of the SWOT & Public Surveys are listed below:

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  • Schools

  • Recreational Opportunities

  • Community Involvement

  • Arts & Culture

  • Dining & Leisure Options

  • Interstate Access

  • Geographical Location 

  • Bourbon Tourism 

  • Cost of Living 


  • Affordable Housing

  • Access to Mass Transit 

  • Funding Availability 

  • Sprawl 

  • Lack of Skilled Workforce 

  • Food Deserts

  • Services for Elderly 

  • Aging Infrastructure

  • Living Wage Employment

  • Racial and Economic Segregation


  • Tourism

  • Workforce

  • Agriculture

  • Local Food Economy

  • Infrastructure Investment

  • Multi-Modal Transportation 

  • Bourbon Tourism

  • Infill Development


  • Aging Infrastructure 

  • Lack of Affordable Housing

  • Decrease in Funding for Community Based Services 

  • Opiod Epidemic

  • Income Disparities

  • Lack of Skilled Workforce

  • Poverty

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