KYLIE HARTLEY/AFP/Getty ImagesKentucky has reinventified itself as an employer destination in recent years, with the university now employing 1.3 million workers.
The state’s manufacturing sector has also seen a spike in investment.
Kentucky’s Manufacturing Technology Institute, the state’s largest employer, has added 4,000 jobs since its inception in 2013.
In the last three years, the institute has grown by nearly 7,000.
Kentuckians have also begun to embrace technology.
The company that makes the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Breweries, recently created a mobile app that enables customers to view and manage their order in real time.