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Beshear Gets "MVP" Award for Forging Partnerships

June 13, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Community Action Kentucky is giving Gov. Steven Beshear its 2012 "Partnering for Success" award, saying he has been a powerful partner in its accomplishments.

CAK works with nearly two dozen agencies that provide services to low-income Kentuckians. Rob Jones, its executive director, says Beshear's decision to emphasize partnerships with the public and private sectors has helped all sides benefit in a challenging economy.

"If money is going to be devoted to the project, it's going to have to be fundamentally beneficial to both the government and the community action agency. And that requires transparent, open, efficient lines of communication and cooperation."

Beshear calls partnering for success a "logical response" to an economic condition that shows no signs of improving dramatically any time soon. He says it's a matter of becoming more innovative and creative.

"That partnership that we put together with Community Action Kentucky, as well as other agencies in the commonwealth that work to help our most vulnerable folks in our population, has really paid dividends for everybody."

Beshear calls it a prime example of the state funding initiatives that ultimately funnel money back into the system.

"Because of that help, many people get back on their feet and are able to become even more valuable members of society, in terms of their economic output. And that helps the quality of life for every Kentuckian."

CAK cites Beshear's support for its weatherization assistance program and the earned-income tax credit as examples of his commitment - support that has allowed the community action agencies to serve nearly a half-million Kentuckians in 2011.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - KY