About Berea KY


Berea and Madison County is one of Kentucky's fastest growing areas. Known as Kentucky's Folk Arts and Crafts Capital, our affordable cost of living allows residents to spend less on life's necessities, and more on entertainment, travel, leisure, arts, and culture. The Pinnacles at Indian Fort, the Brushy Fork Trails, and canoeing at Owsley Fork are just a few of the outdoor recreational opportunities available to families and visitors daily. We are home to Berea College, the Historic Boone Tavern, Hitachi Automotive, the Kentucky Artisan Center, and over 70 galleries and restaurants that add to our unique appeal.

Berea Business & Economic Development works diligently to show why Berea is the ideal place to do business. We support our business community, regardless of size, and are here to help you START, GROW or RELOCATE your business. We understand opening a business anywhere can be a daunting task, so Start Here with us. We'll take the extra steps to make that process as smooth as possible.

More About Berea KY

Berea offers two exits directly off of I-75 which puts us minutes away from Lexington Kentucky, I-64, and within a day drive of 54% of the US population.  We are a short two-hour drive to Louisville KY, Cincinnati OH, Knoxville TN, and Charleston WV.  Within a six hour drive of Berea you could be in Nashville TN, Indianapolis IN, Atlanta GA, St. Louis MO, Charlotte NC, and several other major east coast cities.

The Berea Industrial Park is only six miles from the Central Kentucky Regional Airport, and 45 miles away from the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington KY. Other domestic and international airports within a three-hour drive include Louisville, Cincinnati, Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

CSX rail service directly supports our Industrial Park and provides access to several of the manufacturing facilities today.

Exit 77 off of I-75 is less than one mile away from the Berea Industrial Park and the Menelaus Industrial Park. U.S. Route 25 is a secondary option and provides a backup route to the industrial parks in the event I-75 is unavailable.

Berea has a population of just under 15,797 and is located on the southern edge of Madison County with a population of 89, 000.  Within a one hour drive time, Berea’s businesses have access to a labor market of over 745,000 people. This includes 3,500 high school graduates, and 12,000 college graduates annually.

Berea Stats

a growing community

Population Increase since 2010 - 8.0%
Within a Days Drive to US Population - 54%
Unemployment Rate as of December 2016 - 3.5%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-2015 - 85.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, - 28.6%


About Berea Business & Economic Development

Berea Business and Economic Development, a department of the City of Berea, assists companies in starting and growing jobs in our area. Our community’s future depends on our local businesses’ ability to start, grow, and be competitive with the times. We understand that for our citizens, jobs have a positive impact for families and generations to come. The services we provide include site selection, community related data, business training programs, and assistance in navigating governmental regulations.


Our Workforce

Within an Hour Drive
Workforce Numbers

Our location on I-75, in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, provides access to a labor market of over 745,000 people. This includes a workforce that commutes from several adjacent counties including Fayette, Rockcastle, Estill, Jackson, Garrard, and Clark Counties.

Each Year
College Graduates

Annually our regional colleges and universities produce over 12,000 college graduates. This colleges and universities include Eastern Kentucky University, Berea College, University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community Technical College, Somerset Community College, Kentucky State University, and American National University.

Workforce Certification Program
Work Ready Certified

Since 2013 we've been designated a Work Ready Community. The Work Ready Communities program requires communities to meet criteria in six key areas that are critical to producing a productive workforce. The certification criteria includes an evaluation of high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft skills and internet availability.


Site Selection

Site Selection

Commercial Listings

Click below to see a list of properties available for rent, lease, or sale that can accommodate a restaurant, retail, or office space.

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Site Selection

Industrial Listings

Click below to see a list of properties available for lease, or sale that can accommodate manufacturing or warehousing.

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Berea is home to two industrial parks with over 400 acres available for future manufacturing growth and is currently home to eight major industrial manufacturers, that employ over 3500 people.

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  • #Hitachi Automotive
  • #Hyster-Yale
  • #KI (USA)
  • #Kentucky Steel Corporation
  • #Middletown Metalworks
  • #Novelis
  • #Pittsburgh Glass Works



With six established commercial and retail districts, a population on the rise, and residents supporting commercial development we are primed and ready for growth. Explore any of our existing districts to see available properties, high traffic shopping areas, and one of a kind galleries. These commercially zoned properties are just right off I-75, which sees 31,000 vehicles passing through our town daily, and another 300,000 tourists visiting Berea each year.

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  • #Richmond Road District
  • #Calico Place
  • #Chestnut Street District
  • #College Square
  • #Old Town Artisan Village
  • #South West Berea Shopping District



In Berea, you don’t have to do it on your own. We have a network of non-profits and government agencies that offer assistance to manufacturers, existing businesses, and entrepreneurs who are starting new, or growing existing operations.

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  • #Berea Chamber of Commerce
  • #KY Innovation Network
  • #Berea Tourism
  • #KY Cabinet for Economic Development
  • #KY Small Business Development Center

News & Events

The Berea Business and Economic Development department works to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for Berea, by identifying business opportunities that create and retain jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base across industrial, commercial, and entrepreneurial sectors.

Berea Tourism hosts 19th annual L&N Day

Critley King/ cking@richmondregister.com May 30, 2018 Richmond Register Article “No tickets are necessary and all are welcome Saturday at the

NESCO Resources in Berea KY

New Location New Location, Same Great Service – NESCO Resource in Berea, KY, an employment agency, relocated to 219 Prince

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Kentucky Monthly Magazine | by Deborah Kohl Kremer |  READ FULL ARTICLE “Known as the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, Berea