Ken­tucky: Home of horses, bour­bon

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

and busi­nesslike man­ner with the del­e­ga­tion, not shy­ing away from some sen­si­tive is­sues that have arisen from re­cent ac­qui­si­tions by Chi­nese com­pa­nies in the state.

“There are peo­ple in this coun­try who worry about com­pa­nies from this coun­try and that coun­try. Should they worry? Prob­a­bly not, but they do.

“Some­times per­cep­tion be­comes re­al­ity for some peo­ple; it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate to peo­ple and make sure that the re­al­ity is what re­al­ity is, not some peo­ple’s mis­un­der­stand­ing of it,” the gover­nor said.

“I see China as a very strong po­ten­tial part­ner for Ken­tucky. I be­lieve this, I have seen this, I have met with peo­ple who reaf­firm this, I know it to be true,” the gover­nor con­tin­ued.

The state of Ken­tucky is most known to Chi­nese as the home of KFC, but the state, sit­u­ated in the South­east­ern US, is strong in agriculture, auto man­u­fac­tur­ing, and horse breed­ing — it’s home to the Ken­tucky Derby — and of course, bour­bon.

When Tian men­tioned that some Chi­nese com­pa­nies face chal­lenges due to a shortage of man­u­fac­tur­ing la­bor, Bevin said that un­der his lead­er­ship, Ken­tucky is push­ing pro- busi­ness po­lices such as com­mit­ting $100 mil­lion in the next two years for work­force train­ing and cre­at­ing a tra­di­tional ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram.

More than 1,100 com­pa­nies have signed up for the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram.

“My goal is to make Ken­tucky the engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing hub of ex­cel­lence,” Bevin said.

When dis­cussing in­com­ing Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s pos­si­ble im­pact at the lo­cal level, Bevin, a Repub­li­can, was op­ti­mistic that Trump un­der­stands busi­ness:

“When he says we are go­ing to be pro­tec­tion­ists, he caused peo­ple to be con­cerned. I would en­cour­age you look at the ac­tual ac­tion he’s tak­ing.”

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