Rural Kentucky has a lot to look forward to during the next few years, thanks to 2018’s banner year for announcements of new and expanding businesses.

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives on Thursday congratulated and thanked the hundreds of leaders whose hard work helped to bring about corporate decisions to spend $2.5 billion and create nearly 3,000 jobs in coming years in 87 counties of rural Kentucky served by the co-ops.

“There are so many people and organizations who have contributed tremendously to this success, including local elected officials, industrial authorities and economic development directors, all working in concert with state elected officials and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development,” said Rodney Hitch, Economic Development director for Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

“Everybody has a vital role, and everybody hit it out of the park in 2018,” Hitch said.

Gov. Matt Bevin echoed those comments.

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