Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $85,000 Grant for ‘Renaissance on Main’ Project in Stanford

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 04, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Calls city’s project ‘a model’ for public-private partnerships

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher today awarded an $85,000 grant from his administration’s “Renaissance on Main” program to help the city of Stanford complete a painstaking renovation of its historic downtown.

“The Renaissance project in Stanford has become a model for how cities, property owners and state government can partner to make communities more vibrant and beautiful,” said Governor Fletcher. “Stanford has been able to recruit and retain downtown businesses, making the Renaissance project an economic development catalyst.”

Stanford was one of Kentucky’s first towns, chartered in 1786, when Kentucky still was a territory of Virginia. Its Main Street sprang up along an old buffalo trail.

The final step of the city’s seven-year Renaissance project will include landscaping and beautification of Main Street, including benches, waste receptacles, picnic tables and umbrellas. A fountain, flower urns, hanging baskets, brackets and banners also are proposed.

“The city of Stanford, its leaders and its citizens should all be extremely proud of the work that has been done to make the downtown area an economic driver and a much more beautiful place,” said Sen. Ed Worley (D-Richmond).

The outdoor furniture, to be made locally by Lincoln County manufacturer ProtoPlace, will be both beautiful and practical, providing seating for festivals, tourists and shoppers.

“This Renaissance on Main Program has made downtown Stanford a wonderful place to shop and enjoy,” said Rep. Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon). “Our property owners and city officials should be commended for their hard work to make downtown Stanford a much better place to live and work.”

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