Lake Cumberland Area Development District: Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

Many houseboat manufacturers in Wayne County, Kentucky faced drastic layoffs and plant closures through the economic downturn. A regional venture capital firm and the University of Kentucky School of Architecture worked together to develop the Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences program, a creative way to address the need for improved energy efficient housing, utilization of an equipped manufacturing plant, and reemployment of a skilled and ready workforce. The Lake Cumberland Area Development District partnered in grant writing and administration of the project’s funding. Architecture students have created prototypes for energy efficient houseboats, helping one business increase employment from 12 to 56 full-time staff. The project will potentially bring back 575 skilled houseboat builders and 1,000 related jobs in the region.

Donna Diaz, Executive Director: [email protected]

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