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The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame (KVHOF) Board of Directors recently voted to add Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to their governing body.

“I’m humbled and excited to accept the invitation to join the KVHOF Board of Directors,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton. “This opportunity allows me to continue supporting and advocating for Kentucky veterans, especially those who deserve recognition and celebration for their service to our nation and to their communities.”

“It is an absolute honor to welcome Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to our Board,” said H.B. Deatherage, executive director of KVHOF. “As a veteran of the United States Air Force and KVHOF inductee in the class of 2015, Lt. Gov. Hampton shares a special connection with Kentucky’s veterans and it’s obvious in her work around the state that she is a champion for the veteran community. I look forward to working with the Lt. Governor as a director with KVHOF to solidify the organization as an ongoing means to honor the Kentucky’s veterans.”

Lt. Gov. Hampton will be involved in encouraging citizens to submit inductee nominations, reviewing KVHOF nominations for the annual class of inductees, and helping to plan the annual induction ceremony.

“Jenean is a dedicated servant leader,” said Gov. Bevin. “I’m so thankful for her commitment to the Commonwealth, and know the veterans of Kentucky will be in good hands as she serves them in this role.”

For more information on the KVHOF visit

The First Lady’s Office, along with Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities and Casey Family Programs, last week hosted the third meeting of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council in Frankfort. Members met to discuss and brainstorm solutions to today’s issues that affect them. The fourteen-member council consists of young people representing different backgrounds throughout the state.

“These council members serve as a voice for the voiceless, and it has been an honor to see what each of them have accomplished over the past year,” said Mrs. Bevin.

The Council kicked off their retreat by attending the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address at the Capitol on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the group was invited to have breakfast with Gov. Bevin and several legislators. The Council also attended a rally for child advocacy and a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion where representatives of the Governor’s Cabinet, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and various legislators were in attendance. During this working luncheon, council members shared their personal testimonies and were presented with citations of achievement by Rep. Addia Wuchner, Chair of the House Committee on Health and Family Services.

“I’ve never been in any event such as I was yesterday,” said Natalia Hatchell, a council member from Youth Build Louisville. “I feel important to be a part of such a great movement and to be able to be a voice of the youth.”

Lt. Gov. Hampton concluded the luncheon by encouraging members to continue their work on behalf of Kentucky’s young people.

“Your stories are powerful and need to be shared not only with other kids in Kentucky, but also with adults,” Lt. Gov. Hampton said. “The next generation of leaders are in this room today and I’m excited to see what you accomplish.”

These events were made possible by the partnering of Kentucky Youth Advocates and Kosair Charities, along with funding provided by a grant from Casey Family Programs.

The Council will reconvene in May 2017.

Yesterday, on behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo in a Capitol rotunda ceremony to announce over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 13 new projects in Kentucky. These grants impact multiple regions and counties across the Commonwealth.

“We are excited to announce 13 new Community Development Block Grant projects. Each project is designed to aid critical infrastructure needs across the Commonwealth, such as water safety, public facilities and local health resources,” said Gov. Bevin. “These block grants will not only have a significant impact on improving quality of life for Kentuckians, but will create economic opportunity and jobs as well. Great things happen when we work together.”

“It has been a true joy over the last year visiting different communities in Kentucky and hearing their stories,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton. “These grants have created wonderful opportunities for communities across the Commonwealth in terms of economic development, tourism, education, the environment, and more.”

“I’m pleased by the governor’s announcement of these projects to help address many of the community challenges and infrastructure needs facing Kentucky,” said DLG Commissioner Dunahoo. “We are always looking at ways to coordinate our efforts with local regions for community projects and economic development.  This grant assistance does that in a big way.”

The 13 projects include:

  • Hawesville WWTP in Hancock Co., $800,000.
  • Cumberland Hope Community in Harlan Co., $220,000.
  • Hickory Hill Recovery Center for Men (Recovery Kentucky) in Knott Co., $220,000.
  • Madison Co. God’s Outreach Food Bank Expansion Project in Madison Co., $300,000.
  • Gamiliel City Hall and Community Ctr Architectural Barrier Removal Project in Monroe Co., $85,000.
  • Centertown Water Tank Project in Ohio Co., $403,000.
  • Hartford Water System Capital Improvements Project in Ohio Co., $896,250.
  • Apple Patch Education Adult Day Program Relocation Project in Oldham Co., $405,000.
  • Mt. Olivet Wastewater Treatment Plant Renovation and Expansion in Robertson Co., $634,500.
  • Morehead Inspiration Ctr (Recovery Kentucky) in Rowan Co., $220,000.
  • Fritz Winter Rail Spur Development in Simpson Co., $997,000.
  • Todd County Health Department Expansion Project in Todd Co., $500,000.
  • Guthrie Koppers Natural Gas Line Project in Todd Co., $100,000.

The CDBG program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.

Applications for CDBG funds are also submitted to DLG. To learn more, visit

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton traveled across Kentucky this week meeting with over 2,000 high school students to share her personal story and promote the Lt. Gov.’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC).

The visits included stops in Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, Fulton, Grant, and Boyle counties.

Lt. Gov. Hampton briefly discussed her personal story of rising from poverty and encouraged students to surround themselves with people who uplift rather than hold back. She cited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and NASA as two of the most inspirational influences in helping her dream beyond her circumstances.

After sharing her story, Hampton’s time was dedicated to sharing details of the LGEC with students and giving them examples of how entrepreneurial endeavors (e.g., Apple, Uber) have led to positive societal changes and innovative job opportunities.

“Visiting with students, answering their questions, and sharing my story are some of the best parts about being Kentucky’s Lt. Gov.,” said Hampton. “I want students to know as well as believe that they are wildly creative and capable of incredible accomplishments.”

More information on the Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge can be found at