Live & Work

As a member of this fine community, we hope you always ThinkRichmond when you work, live and play! It is our mission to support and grow the many businesses in our city, improve quality of life and constantly enhance economic development, so we encourage you to embrace this mission, as well. Richmond has much to offer everyone from the young to those in their golden years of retirement. Madison County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Commonwealth, and we believe there are obvious reasons for such growth.

We hope this site will assist you in the daily needs of life, as well as guide you in working in and around Madison County. Our membership directory offers options for realtors, local/regional banks, utility companies, mortgage companies, churches, shopping and so much more!


Are you thinking about joining us here in Richmond, Kentucky and Madison County? We invite you to peruse our website, get involved in this community and seek out the many wonderful opportunities a town of our size has to offer!

If you are thinking of moving to the community, contact the Chamber office at 859.623.1720 to request a relocation packet and receive other pertinent facts. If you have already moved to Madison County, we encourage you to stop by our office at 201 East Main Street, located beside the post office and across from US Bank. We have many helpful resources that are free to the community.

Welcome to Central Kentucky… we hope you decide to stay for a long time!

Economic Development

Situated south of Cincinnati, Ohio, on the I-75 corridor, Richmond and Madison County are growing at an impressive rate. Due to its easy interstate access, proximity to Lexington, lower cost of housing, good employment base, large university,and cultural and educational opportunities, population has increased from 29,080 (Richmond city limits) or 74,814 (entire county) in 2003 to 33,348 (Richmond city limits) or 83,312 (entire county) 2009.

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the City have ignited a unified effort along with the County, Berea, EKU, Berea College and Madison County schools to develop and execute a comprehensive Economic Development Strategic plan with the Southern Growth Policies Board. This is a multi-year plan that strives to cultivate small business, welcome new business to the area, create business and educational partnerships, and continue enhancing life offered to all our citizens. It is our intention to introduce many new opportunities to Madison County over the next five years that will result in constant and healthy growth, as well as excellent quality of life thereafter.

Some of the major employers in Richmond and Madison County, aside from the university and county schools, include the Blue Grass Army Depot, Baptist Health Richmond, Lectrodryer, LLC, NACCO Materials Handling Group,Tokico, Guildhouse American Greeting, Enersys, Sherwin Williams, Okonite and (RAPT) Richmond Auto Parts Technology. This diversity contributes to a well-balanced population made up of government, health and educational workers, young professionals, skilled labor, students, military and retirees.