Gov. Beshear gives Team Kentucky update on economic development, tornado relief

Governor Beshear announced a new round of aid for Kentucky tornado recovery.
Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 3:04 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2022 at 2:24 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, tornado relief, COVID-19 and the governor’s Derby Week kick-off.

The Team Kentucky update was at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the Capitol.

Gov. Andy Beshear - Team Kentucky Update - 4.28.22

Gov. Andy Beshear - Team Kentucky Update - 4.28.22

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday, April 28, 2022

Governor Beshear highlighted more economic growth, including Columbia Brands USA LLC expanding its presence in Henderson County, Summit Polymers Inc. moving forward with plans to building a new manufacturing facility in Anderson County, Whitehorse Freight LLC planning to buy a facility in Florence/Boone County, Casey Jones Distillery expanding in Christian County and Heaven Hill Distillery investing money to build a new distillery in Bardstown.

The governor also announced that Hopkins County will receive $8.5 million in assistance from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies fund to help them recover from the December tornadoes.

It’s the first county to receive SAFE funds. Kentucky Emergency Management anticipates as many as 19 additional applications for SAFE funding will be filed in the coming weeks, and those will be carefully reviewed.

According to the governor, all 120 Kentucky counties remain green on the state’s COVID-19 community level map for the second week in a row, representing both low incidence rate of the virus and low numbers of hospitalizations for COVID-19.

He reported that all Kentucky counties have been green since April 22.

Currently, he said 70 percent of Kentuckians 5 and older have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and 77 percent of those who are 18 years old and up have been vaccinated.

Governor Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear are inviting Kentuckians to the Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-off on Saturday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

The event will include arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, food trucks, live music, a beer and bourbon garden and more.

It will be on the south lawn of the Capitol, the area directly behind the Capitol building and in front of the Capitol Annex. Click here for a map.

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