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Beshear named ‘Person of the Year’ by Southern Business & Development Magazine

Recognizes leadership in economic development

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear was named “Person of the Year” by the national economic development publication Southern Business & Development magazine.

The magazine’s winter 2012 issue, which hit mailboxes this week, applauds Beshear’s leadership in economic development and his ability to get past partisanship to accomplish his goals. It also marks the first time a governor has been named Person of the Year by the publication.

“It is an honor to be personally recognized by a leading economic development publication for my commitment to create and retain jobs across the Commonwealth,” Beshear said. “Since I became governor in 2007, my number one priority has been to cultivate a business climate where companies, both large and small, can invest and grow with confidence. We still have more we want to accomplish, but it’s nice to see that these efforts are recognized.”

The cover story highlights several his accomplishments, such as the partnership with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, to tackle one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects – the Ohio River Bridges Project.

“Major two-state cooperation is rare because it’s hard,” said Daniels in the article. “It can only happen when people on both sides put taxpayers and the public interest ahead of politics and parochialism. That’s the kind of guy I’ve found Steve Beshear to be and why I’ve developed such a feeling of friendship and respect for him.”

The story also highlights several high-profile economic development projects, such as Ford, GE, UFLEX, and Argonne, as well as the success of the Governor’s Incentives for a New Kentucky programs, which were created in 2009 to modernize and streamline the state’s economic incentives toolbox.

“The South’s recovery from The Great Recession is on a faster pace than the other three U.S. regions. In fact, on paper, this is the best economy we have seen in the American South since 1998,” said Michael C. Randle, editor and publisher of Southern Business & Development magazine. “The Commonwealth of Kentucky is right out front leading the region and has been the poster child of this incredible re-shoring event as manufacturers move capacity from Asia and elsewhere to the South and Mexico much more quickly than most folks realize.”

To read the entire story, visit www.sb-d.com.