The city of Winchester has been awarded the 2007 Spirit of Kentucky Award for coordinating government resources with other communities in the Bluegrass Emergency Response Team (BERT) project.
The project was a collaborative effort with nine counties, nine municipalities and one combined government in the Bluegrass Area Development District.
Officials presented the award during the 32nd annual Governor's Local Issues Conference at the Galt House East in Louisville.
"The Bluegrass Emergency Response Team is a unique group of emergency responders who have pooled resources from eleven counties to become a major emergency response asset for the Bluegrass region," said Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
"The cooperation between those counties has enabled BERT to become a valuable resource in times where large-scale emergency response is required. This is a shining example of counties working together to combine resources to serve large areas," he said.