Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher awards funding for Augusta façade

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 05, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

Augusta Receives Renaissance on Main Funding

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $75,000 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Augusta.  Funding will be used for a façade project.  Governor Fletcher visited Augusta to present the check. 

“Job creation and downtown development and beautification are at the heart of the Renaissance on Main program,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This grant will create a number of jobs for Augusta.  I am pleased to award the community with this funding.” 

This funding will be used to renovate the façade for five buildings in the Augusta Renaissance area.  It is estimated that 14 jobs will be created with this project. 

“The city of Augusta has done an enormous amount of work in order to create a vibrant downtown district,” noted Senator Charlie Borders.  “I am pleased that the administration has recognized the hard work of Augusta’s Renaissance on Main program with this funding.” 

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.  Augusta is a Certified Renaissance on Main city. 

Representative Mike Denham said, “The downtown area of any city offers its own unique amenities and features.  I applaud the leadership in Augusta for their efforts to create a beautiful downtown.” 

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.