Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents Funding for Gateway Regional Center for the Arts

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Doug Hogan

Mount Sterling also receives funding for roads

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Mount Sterling Tuesday to present a ceremonial check for a $150,000 Renaissance on Main grant.  Funding will be used to rehabilitate the façade of the Gateway Regional Arts Center, located in an old church building in downtown Mount Sterling.

“This funding will help restore this historic downtown property and assist in the revitalization of downtown Mount Sterling,” said Governor Fletcher.  “In addition, this support furthers the mission of the Gateway Regional Arts Center, which will stimulate growth and provide the community with a venue that will foster a deeper appreciation for the arts.”

“This project will increase the number of cultural tourists that visit the city,” said Senator R. J. Palmer (D-Winchester).  “The economic impact for downtown businesses will be substantial.”

“Downtown Mount Sterling will be enhanced by the restoration of this beautiful property,” said Representative Adrian Arnold (D-Mount Sterling).  “This project will add to our quality of life.”

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.  There are two classifications of cities:  Certified and Candidate.  Mount Sterling is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

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 (GOLD), the agency responsible for administering the program.

Road Bond Funding

Also during his visit, Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced $77,600 in funding for the city of Mount Sterling.  The money, which is allocated from road bond funds, will be used to enhance city roads.

Road bond funds are utilized to assist counties and cities in making necessary improvements to the local transportation system, improving the quality of life for everyone in the community. Governor Fletcher’s vision is to provide a safe and reliable transportation network throughout the entire commonwealth.