Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents Funding for Community Projects in Graves County

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that $560,000 in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bond funds have been awarded to the citizens of Graves County. 

“The improvements we make to our local transportation system improve the quality of life for everyone in the community,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These projects will help improve the roadways for the citizens of Graves County.”

The following bond funds were announced today:

  • City of Mayfield – $140,000 for resurfacing various city streets
  • City of Wingo – $10,000 for resurfacing various city streets
  • Graves County  – $400,000 for resurfacing various county roads

These resurfacing projects will have a positive impact on the transportation infrastructure system within the community.  In the past two years, local governments have received more additional state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the Commonwealth.

Renaissance on Main funding

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check for $64,982 in Renaissance on Main funding for the City of Mayfield.  The grant will be used to make improvements to the façades of several downtown buildings. 

The project includes improvements to the historic Hall Hotel building, the tallest structure in Mayfield.  Dwight’s Shoe Store, located along U.S. 45, will also receive funds for improvements. In addition, the façade of the Cyberia will be renovated.  The downtown internet café is a popular destination for area youth.

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.  Mayfield 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.