Governor Announces Funding For Corbin Projects

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Millions of dollars is headed to Corbin for various projects including more than two million for the new Southeast Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center.

The mayor of Corbin, Williard McBurney, says he's received several phone calls from businesses wanting to move to and open in Corbin since they've heard about the new expo center. Governor Fletcher says he's hoping the new center will attract businesses and restaurants causing the economy to grow not only in Corbin, but across the state.

Governor Fletcher says he's trying to pave the way for new opportunities in small Kentucky towns.

"It's so good to work with cities that have a vision. The cities that know where they want to go," Fletcher said.

Thursday the governor made a stop in Corbin to help lay the groundwork for the towns vision of an exposition center, which they hope will boost the local economy.

"Corbin is a thriving place, but it lacks something like this. If you're going move a city up to the next level, you've got to make it an attractive community," Fletcher said.

"It's just unreal the events we'll be offering that people in this area have never been offered before. It's really something we look forward to," McBurney said.

Construction for the facility is already underway. Right now it's just a pile of dirt but soon it will bring jobs and opportunities to the area.

"Kind of like Freedom Hall in Louisville. You'll be able come in and have rodeos, equestrians, stables connected to it and at the same time, we'll be able to have a floor for basketball," said Senator David Williams.

"There's even talk about the World Equestrian Games having events down here related to that event every year," Fletcher said.

"This is not just a plus for Corbin. This is for the whole region. This is the only one between Lexington and Knoxville," McBurney said.

Mayor McBurney says in total the AG Expo Cener will cost twenty million dollars. Bids for construction will open April 18th.

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