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Governor Makes Three Stops in Western Kentucky and Hints at Major Jobs Announcement

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Jeremy McKeel, Murray State University
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Gov. Andy Beshear made three stops in western Kentucky Friday. Pictured here are his remarks at Murray State University's West Farm.

Gov. Andy Beshear took a three-stop trip through Western Kentucky announcing many economic advancements on Friday, July 9th.

The stops in Calloway county, McCracken county, and Hopkins county included topics that spanned from agri-tech to highway safety and substance abuse recovery.

At his stop at Murray State University, Beshear was on hand to “throw the switch” for a new solar installation that powers HVAC equipment for a building on the university’s west farm. The project is the product of the Hutson School of Agriculture’s partnership with Sunway Energy Solutions, based in Murray, and GREE Electric Appliances, based in Zhuhai, China. The donated system will provide sustainable energy for the West Farm Shop. Along with lauding the future of agri-tech in Kentucky, Beshear hinted at a major announcement. He claimed it will be the biggest job announcement in decades for western Kentucky.

“I’m really excited that, I think in 2 weeks, not too far from here, we’ll have one of the biggest job announcements in Western Kentucky in the last several decades,” said Beshear.

In Paducah, Gov. Beshear announced a $200,000 award to the CenterPoint Recovery Center for men to address the need for substance use disorder residential treatment in McCracken County.

“Today’s announcement aligns with one of my administration’s top values: improving health care – both physical and mental,” said Gov. Beshear. “My faith tells me that second chances are possible and that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” said Beshear.

Lastly, in Madisonville, Gov. Beshear presented a ceremonial check for $2.2 million from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), representing highway safety projects bordering two Hopkins County school campuses. This announcement is on the heels of the Governor’s announced plans to spend 23-million dollars to improve highway safety near schools.

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