FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a news briefing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.
The governor talked about development in the Commonwealth, including two major new investments.
“I want to start today with an economic development update because though COVID has slowed things, while it has taken a lot of attention and while it has caused significant unemployment, I am pleased to report that outside interest in this state is still very strong,” the Governor said. “While we haven’t talked about it a lot as we have been dealing with this current pandemic and emergency, we have been working behind the scenes at those next generation of jobs that have been coming to Kentucky.”
Since December 10, Gov. Beshear and his administration have announced 135 new projects across the commonwealth. These projects are expected to secure nearly 4,700 new full-time jobs for Kentuckians and represent about $1.35 billion in new investments.
The first new project is a $9 million hemp processing facility being created by Shyne Labs in Simpson County. It’s expected to bring 60 more full-time jobs in the Commonwealth as the company expands its CBD oil-extraction business.
The other project is a $2 million plan by Richmond-based Truck Equipment & Body Co. of Kentucky Inc. to build out a facility in Powell County. The new facility is expected to create 43 full-time jobs.
Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, provided information Tuesday about an extension of benefits aimed at keeping children healthy and properly fed.
The deadline to apply for Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer was extended until the end of August. P-EBT provides equivalent funding for meals that students would have been provided in school this spring without the closures due to COVID-19.
Also on Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced the state has hired a globally renowned firm, Ernst & Young, to help overcome years of funding and personnel cuts to the Office of Unemployment Insurance and begin immediately processing outstanding claims that resulted from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
He said about 56,000 initial claims from March, April and May have not been processed.
Earlier on Tuesday, the governor issued an executive order to ensure all Kentuckians are treated fairly by the state when it comes to employment, services and contracting.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported a total number 15,642 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 30.
They reported a total of 565 deaths and at least 3,990 recoveries.
Currently, 404,781 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.