Op-Ed: Northern Kentucky Has a Great Governor in Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin has been great for NKY on a number of fronts. As a successful CEO, he is the ideal person to represent our state to other CEOs thinking about growing or moving their businesses. He can say with credibility, “come to Kentucky.” I’ve personally seen him outhustle other states for key investments. The nearly $1.5 billion Amazon Prime Hub investment is a great example of him outworking the competition. Kentucky was not originally at the top of the list, but Governor Bevin first worked to get us on the list, then got us to the top. It’s how he operates.
And this is why we have had more new investment in four years than any other governor(s) have had in any two-term stretch in the Commonwealth. NKY has been a key growth area, experiencing nearly 9,000 announced jobs and $2.9 billion in new investment. This, coupled with the lowest unemployment rate ever and highest workforce participation rate ever, means things have never been better economically for NKY.
Governor Bevin also listens and responds to key issues affecting Northern Kentucky. For a number of years, a top priority of the NKY Chamber and of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) was to move to an outcomes-based funding model for higher education. Historically, our higher education funding allocations were based solely upon what they received the previous years, and did not account for enrollment growth or outcomes. This resulted in both a funding disparity for NKU and a lack of incentive for providing degree programs in high-demand fields.
That changed when Governor Bevin included equity funding for NKU and the requirement for an outcomes-based funding model in his first proposed budget and companion legislation. And it passed. He was able to activate ten university presidents with disparate interests to agree on a funding model intended to drive better outcomes, and we are already seeing great results from this effort.
I can tell you from my personal experience serving previously as his Deputy Chief of Staff, and currently the Secretary of the largest cabinet in the Commonwealth, that he values the people of Northern Kentucky. Unlike previous administrations, he has placed Northern Kentuckians in key leadership posts, such as the director of Boards and Commissions through which a significant number of NKY residents have been appointed to key boards. In fact, due to the amount of time he has spent in NKY, he was once mistakenly introduced at Fancy Farm as residing in Northern Kentucky.
I believe the respect he has for Northern Kentuckians is directly correlated to the shared values he has with its people, our values of faith and family, personal liberty, strong work ethic, and unapologetic support for the sanctity of human life. I’m proud of all that the Bevin administration has accomplished for the future of the Commonwealth and the Northern Kentucky region. I’m calling on my fellow Northern Kentuckians to turn out on Election Day and show our overwhelming support for a second term for Governor Matt Bevin.
Adam Meier is a resident of Fort Thomas and currently serves as the Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.