Muhlenberg County is blessed with a significant physical feature in the Green River. It has the potential for again becoming a significant economic development engine for the county and the region.
The terminals, ports, and COFC/TOFC facilities operating in Kentucky are further strengthened through their close association with a statewide network of ports of entry and foreign trade zones. Each of these systems offers unique services that can be of particular value to companies choosing to do business in the Bluegrass State.
Rivers have played a vital role in the historical development of the United States of America. Kentucky’s 1,100 miles of navigable waterways comprise one of the most expansive and complex systems in the nation. It is the only US commonwealth to be bordered on three sides by rivers – the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and the Big Sandy River and Tug Fork River to the east. Its major internal rivers include the Kentucky River, the Tennessee River, the Cumberland River, the Green River, and the Licking River. The Green River is large, powerful, deeply navigatable, and connects to the top & bottom of the Ohio. It ranges from 100 to 300 feet (30 to 100 m) wide in the upper course to 300 to 1,500 feet (460 m) wide in its lower course and ranges from 3 to 50 feet (1 to 15 m) in depth.
Kentucky has twelve public Riverports, seven of which are operating ports and five of which are developing ports. Kentucky is also home to a large concentration of marine industries. A state-of-the art towing industry training facility is located in Paducah and several barge lines have headquarters and/or operations centers in Kentucky.
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