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First daughter Ivanka Trump praised Toyota’s innovative efforts to train Kentuckians with the technical and vocational skills needed in a rapidly changing industry.

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The automaker Toyota announced Thursday major new investments in facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia to increase production of hybrid vehicles. Toyota plans to invest about $750 million in facilities in five states with almost half of that going to its plants in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky.


Outgoing U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to Georgetown on Tuesday to campaign for Republican Congressman Andy Barr, who’s facing a tough re-election challenge.

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30 years ago, the Japanese car company Toyota opened it's first U.S. based plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. As WFPL's Ashlie Stevens reports, the plant's success led to an influx of Japanese businesses which has impacted the area's culture in an unexpected way...through it's food.

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State and local dignitaries in government, education, and business helped formally recognize Toyota’s new Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center in Scott County.

Illinois will not be the home of a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant the automakers Toyota and Mazda plan to build in the United States.


  An economic development authority in far west Kentucky is offering more than 2,000 acres of “free land” in an effort to attract Japanese automakers looking to build a facility.

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The governors of Kentucky and Tennessee are both vying for major Japanese automakers to locate in their state.

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Governor Matt Bevin says Kentucky has surpassed its record for business investments in less than half a year. The Republican governor said on Friday that business investments in the state already top $5.8 billion.