LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he will name a new economic development secretary.

Kentucky has not had a full-time economic development secretary for more than a year. The acting secretary resigned last month to take a job in the private sector.

Friday, Bevin told reporters he has already selected a full-time secretary and would make the announcement this week. He said the person would start on Jan. 1

The economic development secretary's job is to recruit and attract businesses to the state to create jobs. Bevin said not having filled the position for more than a year has not hurt the state's recruitment efforts, saying the state is well positioned to take advantage of jobs he says will be created by President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

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