Economic development and jobs are on the minds of Hopkinsville residents tonight as Governor Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, makes a stop in town.
In this room, full of dozens of people within a town full of tens of thousands of residents, one topic was on the mind of many.
"Good jobs. Good paying jobs,” said Gov. Bevin. He highlighted the economic progress the past two years, including thousands of jobs added statewide. But Christian County's unemployment rate, at more than 5%, is higher than the state average. The governor said the state's financial outlook limits how much they can spend and what incentives to give other companies.
"We can't compete with states that are more flush, because we're not. We have financial issues. We have to out-hustle people,” he told the audience at the Hopkinsville Municipal Center.
Some residents questioned the difference Kentucky's right-to-work laws have made.
Rich Cooper of Hopkinsville says while the planned I-169 corridor could help the county's economy, he also believes it will take a team effort involving schools and businesses to bring more jobs to the county.
"I think with the intentional effort by the schools and community colleges and not just the politicians, but the businesses that would come in, I think the opportunity for them to work together to make that a better outcome,” Cooper said.
(This story was originally published May 14, 2018)
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