The quality of life, natural resources and human capital in Kentucky provide a fertile ground for starting and growing businesses. The Commonwealth has programs in place, administered by the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, to assist in the development and growth of tourism businesses.
Kentucky offers premium facilities to host events in great locations through the state. Learn more about some of the professionally managed convention centers available for business or social functions.
Kentucky Exposition Center
One of the top 10 largest public facilities of its kind in the United States, the Kentucky Exposition Center features large facilities with diverse capabilities. The 400-acre property offers more than one million square feet of indoor space including Freedom Hall, an indoor arena which seats over 19,000 people. The expo center accommodates an amazing spectrum of events year round and remains the permanent home for the Kentucky State Fair, the National Farm Machinery Show, and the North American International Livestock Exposition.
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209-1398
P.O. Box 37130
Louisville, KY 40233-7130
Telephone: (502) 367-5000
Ticket Info Hotline: (502) 367-5001 (recorded message)
Event Hotline: (502) 367-5005 (recorded message)
TDD: (502) 367-5131
Kentucky International Convention Center
From the supertruss towering over the two city blocks it spans, down to the brickwork and wall of windows overlooking tree lined sidewalks, the Kentucky International Convention Center provides a beautiful and functional convention facility in the heart of downtown Louisville. Able to accommodate a wide variety of events, the convention center offers 300,000 square feet of space, a 30,000 square foot ballroom and 52 meeting rooms - all under one roof.
221 Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 595-4381 or 800-701-5831
Fax: (502) 595-3675
For ticket office information call: (502) 595-4368
Kentucky Film Office
Tourism attractions tend to have difficulty obtaining financing through conventional lending sources. Many conventional lending sources find these operations to have high risk factors because they tend to be seasonal and are typically non-traditional business operations. This program was established to encourage the participation of conventional lenders by reducing their capital exposure. This is accomplished by the Tourism Development Loan Program lending up to fifty percent of development costs.