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."
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.