The creation of Area Development Districts in Kentucky stemmed from the efforts of local elected officials and citizens to find collaborative means to deal with problems that befell their communities.  The combination of federal programs and state enabling legislation provided a national strategy and funding mechanism that allowed the concepts to become reality in the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

The Area Development Districts, as they now exist, serve as forums, clearinghouses, technical centers and as conveners for the region.  Unlike many other organizations structured along multi-jurisdictional lines, the ADDs have both federal and state statutory authority.

Buffalo Trace Area Development District was created in 1969 to provide these services to Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson counties.  We are located in the downtown region of historic Maysville on the third floor of the Kenton Commonwealth Center.