FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday accepted $30,000 from the government of Taiwan to help the state recover from recent tornadoes and storms.
At a news conference, Beshear thanked Taiwan for "an unexpected gift of money, compassion and concern from many miles away."
This year is the 30th anniversary of a sister-state relationship between Kentucky and Taiwan, the governor said. Taiwan gave $20,000 in June after severe weather hit the state last spring, he said.
A $30,000 check was presented to Beshear by Anna Kao, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta.
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"We are confident that Kentucky will come back strong," Kao said.
The money will go to Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or KyVOAD, a statewide network of faith-based and nonprofit response groups, Beshear said. It works with the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency.