Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development announce Renaissance on Main funding for city of Morganfield

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Facade project creates jobs, improves storefronts

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today $62,950 in Renaissance on Main funding for the improvement of between eight and 12 downtown building facades, creating about 10 jobs in the community. 

The renovation project is for buildings that are located in the Renaissance on Main-designated area of downtown Morganfield.  

“The Renaissance on Main program breathes new life into Kentucky’s historic downtowns,” said Governor Fletcher. “After an intensive review of the grant program, I’m pleased to announce this funding for the first time in my administration. The city of Morganfield has worked diligently on making their downtown more attractive and open to economic development opportunities.”

Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a downtown revitalization effort that provides communities funding in order to restore and maintain their downtown areas.  The program is focused on economic development and job creation. 

Senator Dorsey Ridley said the grant dollars will assist in improving Morganfield’s downtown area. “These grant dollars provide the city with an opportunity to revitalize our storefronts. I’m appreciative of Governor Fletcher’s commitment to continue the progress that has been made in the Morganfield community.”

Representative John Arnold Jr. said that improving the facades of downtown buildings has a domino effect. “I’m very excited that the city of Morganfield has been granted these funds. Improving the downtown area one building at a time has a snowball effect: business owners and customers see the positive difference the Renaissance on Main and Main Street programs make in communities and that vision and excitement leads to other improvements.”

The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the agency responsible for administering the program.