Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $250,000 Renaissance Kentucky grant for the city of Cadiz to rehabilitate a downtown building into a public meeting hall and community center.
State officials were in Cadiz this afternoon to present local leaders with a ceremonial check for the project. The 8,600 square foot building, known throughout the community as the Mary White Building, is located at the corner of Madison and Jefferson streets.
Governor Fletcher said the Renaissance Kentucky program has had positive effects on Kentucky’s downtowns. “This downtown revitalization program continues to help city leaders gain a competitive edge in business recruitment, increase the number of people who choose the downtown area in which to live, and make downtown areas aesthetically pleasing to residents and visitor."
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock said the Cadiz project will enable the city to start an incubator for new businesses. “The Renaissance Center will have enough space for economic development initiatives, which is the cornerstone of Governor Fletcher’s administration. We are pleased to provide these dollars to Cadiz for a project that has unlimited potential.”
Cindy Sholar, Main Street Manager for the city of Cadiz, said that this project will be a boost for the local tourism industry by providing a conference facility in the Renaissance district. “We have never had a place within the city limits, specifically downtown, where we can accommodate over 300 people. Our fine arts center, which often hosts statewide meetings, will utilize the facility.
“In addition, it will make a perfect venue for family reunions, wedding receptions, and other events that community members want to plan,” said Sholar.
The Office of Renaissance Kentucky is administered by GOLD. Renaissance
Kentucky is a downtown revitalization program that matches communities with resources
needed to invigorate their downtown areas.