Gov. Beshear Pulls $8.5 Million Contract From Entrepreneurial Non-Profit With Ties To Bevin Administration

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Governor Andy Beshear has rescinded a $8.5 million contract given to a company with ties to the Bevin Administration.

Bevin awarded the no-bid contract to the Commonwealth Center for Commercialization in the summer.

It’s a non-profit dedicated to entrepreneurship, but a couple of its leaders are former Bevin Administration officials: interim CEO Brian Mefford and board member Terry Gill served in Bevin’s Economic Development Cabinet.

Beshear said awarding the contract in the first place was troubling.

“My goal is to make sure that all of those dollars… are spent in a way to where there is maximum accountability and transparency,” Beshear said. “And when we’re looking at creating jobs of the future, investing in our workforce, I want to make sure that we, as an administration, are accountable for every single dollar that goes out and that we’re not simply providing it to others that use their own discretion on how it’s spent.”

The Government Contract Review Committee approved the deal in July after the organization promised to comply with open records laws.