Kentucky has been named Site Selection magazine's top state for economic development projects per capita for 2014.
Gov. Steve Beshear, who received a trophy, the Governor's Cup, for the title earlier this year, is taking it on a tour of Kentucky.
The governor and the trophy were at a news conference Monday with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other Lexington-area officials.
"Think about where we were seven years ago, when Kentucky's unemployment rate was 11 percent and business growth was at a near standstill," Beshear said in a written statement. "We've come so far. Our statewide unemployment rate is now 5.1 percent, and the Governor's Cup is further proof of the fruits of our labor."
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Since January 2008, the Fayette County region announced 115 new and expansion projects, which are projected to create 3,702 jobs and nearly $377.5 million in new investment.
Fayette's unemployment rate for May 2015 was 4 percent. Its 2014 tourism economic impact was $1.9 billion, a 3.9 percent increase from previous year.
Major local projects include:
■ J.M. Smucker (2008, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013): 30 new jobs, 279 retained jobs; $80.7 million investment
■ GE Lighting (2011, 2014): 48 jobs, $18 million investment
■ Tiffany & Co. (2010; 2013): 200 jobs, $4.75 million investment
■ Lexmark (2009, 2010, 2012): $38.5 million investment
■ Webasto Sunroof Systems Inc. (2009, 2012): 65 jobs, $13.5 million investment
■ Lexington Brewing Co. (2008, 2010, 2013): 63 jobs, $12 million investment
■ Creative Lodging Solutions (2014): 120 jobs, $5.4 million investment
■ Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (2015): 10 jobs, at least $8.5 million investment
■ Tempur-Sealy (2011): 65 jobs; $18 million investment
Site Selection, an Atlanta-based publication, rates states, metropolitan areas and "micropolitan" areas annually for its Governor's Cup. The rankings are based on the number of projects that involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create 20 or more jobs, or add at least 20,000 square feet of new floor space. To read more, go to Siteselection.com.