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Gov. Beshear made stops in Murray, Paducah to promote programs

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 9:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2021 at 10:13 AM CDT
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WESTERN KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear made three stops in western Kentucky on Friday, July 9 to promote various programs and to make announcements.

Gov. Beshear’s first stop was at Murray to congratulate Murray State University’s partnership with a Chinese firm GREE Electric Appliances and Murray based Sunway Energy Solutions.

Governor Beshear visited Murray State University where he took part in a ribbon cutting at the...
Governor Beshear visited Murray State University where he took part in a ribbon cutting at the Agriculture Department to kick-off a partnership between the college and two solar power companies.(Digital Media Murray State | Source: Murray State University)

The two companies will be providing a solar powered climate control system for the Agriculture Department.

“This agrivoltaics system will offer the students here with hands-on training and learning with some of the most advanced technology available,” said Beshear. “If you are a current or prospective Murray State student – this is your ticket to being part of the emerging industries of the future. This will further our push to make Kentucky the agritech capital of the world and to ensure our people have the well-paying jobs of tomorrow.”

Governor Beshear visited Murray State University where he took part in a ribbon cutting at the...
Governor Beshear visited Murray State University where he took part in a ribbon cutting at the Agriculture Department to kick-off a partnership between the college and two solar power companies.(Digital Media Murray State | Source: Murray State University)

State Energy and Environmental Secretary Rebecca Goodman joined the governor for this event.

Governor Beshear visited Murray State University where he took part in a ribbon cutting at the...
Governor Beshear visited Murray State University where he took part in a ribbon cutting at the Agriculture Department to kick-off a partnership between the college and two solar power companies.(Digital Media Murray State | Source: Murray State University)

Beshear then traveled to Paducah for a meeting with city leaders and the director of the CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men.

At the meeting, the governor announced a $200,000 award to help address the continuing need for substance use disorder residential treatment in McCracken County.

Gov. Beshear awarded $200,000 to the CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men in Paducah to help...
Gov. Beshear awarded $200,000 to the CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men in Paducah to help fight addiction in western Kentucky.(Source: KFVS)

The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money is meant to help communities recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Substance abuse increases during times of stress, like the pandemic.

Beshear said the money helps local organizations provide treatment.

“And we’ve got to be there to support that, beating addiction is harder than most of us will ever be able to understand ,for those here It is very real and surrounding them with the resources to get it done is so important,” said Beshear.

CenterPoint Recovery Centers a 120-bed, six-month, residential drug treatment center.

The governor’s last stop was in Madisonville where he announced a school safety transportation projects.

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.

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