London Downtown Accepting Applications for Local Assistance to Downtown Businesses

Local Assistance to Business applications are open! Deadline to apply for up to $1500 is July 31, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact, London Downtown Director, Julie Rea, at 606-224-1126.

DISCLAIMER- Application submission does not mean you will receive funds. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Determinations as to awards, including recipients and amount, will be made after the July 31, 2021 deadline.

Awards will be based upon a blind review of applications by a committee comprised of members of London Downtown, the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership Collective. No individual member of either organization has the authority to promise an award or the ability to choose award recipients.

Land Purchased for 8th Industrial Park In Laurel County

Today is another banner moment in the development of London and Laurel County.

Just as walls are going up for a massive new warehouse-distribution center in the county’s seventh industrial park, economic development officials announced Wednesday they have purchased a prime piece of property that will become the county’s eighth industrial park.

The 177-acre Rowland Acres Industrial Park will be located on West Ky. 192 less than two miles from I-75 exit 38. The farm currently is being used to grow wheat and soybeans.

Rowland Acres is a large, accessible and mostly-level piece of land that is perfectly suited for the county’s development needs now and in the future, said Paula Thompson, executive director of the London-Laurel Economic Development Authority.

“All of parks are full or filling up quickly, so it became imperative that we secure more property to recruit new businesses to the area,” Thompson said. “We’ve been looking all over the county for available property, and this by far is the best tract available. We’re fortunate to get it.”

Thompson said she contacted owner Chuck Rowland of Greensboro, Ga. about three months ago to see if he would be willing to sell the farm, which he received from his late father, former Laurel County resident Jeff Rowland.

April 2021 Economic Development Update

In the April 2021 update, Executive Director Paula Thompson has 19 announcements about new and expanding businesses in London and Laurel County. Watch the video to the very end to hear a tasty NUGGET about a unique food truck coming to London on May 7. The cuisine it will bring is at the top of our culinary wish list!

Block 300 Ribbon Cuttings

Three ribbon cuttings were held Thursday morning in the Block 300 development, an ambitious project by local developers to repurpose abandoned or under-used buildings in the 300 block of downtown London.

Mayor Troy Rudder first cut the ribbon for Local Honey, a new farm to table restaurant with a ”hip eclectic comfort foods” vibe. Co-owner Phil Smith said the response has been tremendous since the opening and the restaurant is expanding to include lunch hours.

Amber Royster, owner of Redeemed Boutique, first began her ladies’ fashion shop online, then expanded to a physical location when one became available in Block 300.

The third ribbon cutting was held at The Make Space, a shared creative space in downtown offering art, education, and community opportunities. Gabbi Hartzell gave details about how the unique space came about. She is one of the four women who have shops there, along with Lisa Smith, Megan Angel, and Denise Abner. Congratulations to all the owners, managers and employees for this amazing vision to revitalize an entire block in downtown London.

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