Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced new members of their team today, and Hopkinsville's Jeff Taylor will serve as commissioner for Business Development at the Cabinet for Economic Development.
The appointment comes two months after Taylor was named co-chair of the governor's transition team.
Taylor has over 35 years of experience in economic development, the release states. After 31 years of service, he retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority as a senior project manager in economic development. He also held positions in public relations, marketing and community development. He is a graduate of the basic economic development course at the University of Georgia and attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
Taylor is a graduate of Leadership Hopkinsville and Leadership Kentucky. He also served on the State Labor Relations Board for Kentucky and as state representative for House District 8.
Most recently, Taylor served as the president/CEO of Conecuh County Economic Development. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has a master's degree from the University of North Alabama.
"If there is anything that signifies and needs the collaboration of Gov. Beshear's Team Kentucky culture -- it is economic development," Taylor said in the release.
"It is the creation of good jobs for our neighbors, families and friends. I thank Gov. Beshear for giving me the opportunity to continue my profession and passion as part of his cabinet and Team Kentucky. In the days ahead, I look forward to following up with established relationships and to forging new ones."