The Innovation Center

The Ashland Area Innovation Center (AAIC) is a business accelerator charged with developing Eastern Kentucky’s economy through the creation of knowledge-based businesses.  The AAIC, which serves Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis and Rowan Counties, will enable clients to develop innovative knowledge-based business opportunities in an ever-changing global market.

AAIC supports the creation of Knowledge-Based Businesses by:

  • Fostering entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Assisting clients with the application of appropriate technology
  • Expanding existing businesses
  • Providing access to a synchronized statewide network including capital, web-based resources, technical guidance, reference materials and ICC protocols.

The scope of work for the AAIC includes entrepreneur guidance and mentoring, skills-set development, public education, public relations, technical assistance and facilitation, as well as participation in the network of applicable statewide programs.

The AAIC complements existing organizations and agencies; however, the approach taken by the AAIC differs substantively in that it:

  • Offers comprehensive entrepreneurial services Mentors business professionals throughout the process
  • Provides a comprehensive business acceleration program
  • Serves as a catalyst for business development and expansion
  • Serves as a feeder system for the ICC program

The Ashland Area Innovation Center addresses economic challenges that Eastern Kentucky must overcome if it is to be a player in the new knowledge-based economy. These grassroots challenges (brain drain, a weak entrepreneurial culture, lack of new company start-ups and downsizing of existing companies) have hindered Kentucky’s competitive position in the creation of new economy jobs. Entrepreneurs can only flourish in regions that provide a supportive infrastructure. Through the AAIC, that infrastructure is being nurtured and developed.

Innovation Center Staff


Director: Mick Fosson

4818 Roberts Drive
Suite 104
Ashland, KY 41102
Phone: (606) 922-2678
Fax: (606) 326-2191

Support Staff: Jennifer Criswell - (606) 326-2130

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