UNION CO., Ky. (WEHT) — Governor Andy Beshear shared big news Wednesday afternoon while making several stops around western Kentucky.

The governor visited Henderson and Union County to announce that the state is funneling more than $16 million into career and technical education, infrastructure, tourism marketing, cleaner water projects and local nonprofit organizations.

“As Governor, and most importantly, as a dad, I want to make sure all of our kids have every opportunity right here in Kentucky, so they never have to leave home to chase their dreams,” Gov. Beshear said. “That’s why we’re putting education first, investing in clean water, building up community nonprofits and so much more in Union and Henderson counties today.”

Gov. Beshear announced the commitment of funds for the following projects in Union County:

  • $175,065 to the City of Morganfield to replace leak-prone waterlines along North Morgan Street.
  • $175,065 to the City of Uniontown to replace a problematic waterline on Main Street.
  • $175,064 to the City of Sturgis for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.
  • $175,064 to the Union County Water District to replace water pipes around the county.
  • $130,000 to the City of Waverly to purchase generators for their lift stations. This will help in the case of power outages.

Gov. Beshear announced the commitment of funds for the following projects in Henderson County:

  • $2,067,242 to the Henderson Water Utility to build a new raw water intake structure and piping to transport raw water from the new intake structure to the existing South Water Treatment Plant site.
  • 603,694 to the Henderson County Water District for three projects:
    • Construction of a waterline across the Green River on the new Spottsville Bridge. This will help serve the community of Reed in eastern Henderson County.
    • Update leak detection equipment county-wide.
    • Rehabilitate water storage tanks throughout the county.
  • $50,000 to the City of Corydon to purchase equipment for sewer system upgrades.

Beshear also presented a grant of over $40,000 to the Ohio Valley Art League to help the organization continue to promote local artists and exhibits.