Gov. Fletcher Presents Transpark Funding

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Governor Fletcher was in town today to dedicate an expanded section of US 68-80 and present a check to a Transpark project.

The Governor reiterated his wholehearted support for the Transpark and its ambitions.

Governor Fletcher presented a $1.5 million check to the Warren Fiscal Court to buy equipment for this new training center.

The tech center will be used to train workers for the new Bowling Green Metalforming plant, and for other industrial businesses across the area.

Today's check presentation comes on the same day that two environmental groups and three individuals filed a lawsuit in federal court trying to stop construction at the Transpark site.

The groups claim the project is destroying landmarks, natural resources and historic property.

"Well I certainly hope that's not successful. This park is a good park, we have a huge plant already in it. Magna/BG Metalforming. There will be others, there are others in the works, I believe. So I hope that's not successful," said House Speaker Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green).

The speaker went on to say he believes most of the Transpark opponents don't even live in our area.

That point may have been partially born out today, the federal lawsuit was filed in Washington D.C.

Governor Fletcher also announced the state's support for the completion of the Bowling Green Bypass on 7th street, and said a new connector from US 31 to I-65 that will run through the Transpark site could begin construction in early 2007.

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