Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

Funding will improve several downtown buildings, provide economic development
FRANKFORT, Ky. –Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced Renaissance on Main grants to eight cities in the commonwealth. The grants will fund a variety of improvements to downtowns across Kentucky, including façade repairs, property renovations and streetscape repairs and improvements.

“Preserving and restoring the rich heritage of our downtown communities is vital to bringing visitors to Kentucky and driving economic development,” said Governor Fletcher. “Each of our cities has downtown areas that are living, breathing history lessons. We want to restore them to prominence, and make them have an important economic impact. Through Renaissance on Main programs, we have restored buildings to prominence while creating business opportunities. These grants will continue to move Kentucky forward with a keen eye to the past.”

The following cities have been awarded Renaissance on Main grants:

City of Bardstown
City of Beattyville
City of Cadiz
City of Cloverport
City of Danville
City of Harlan
City of Harrodsburg
City of Princeton

The Bardstown grant will fund a new streetscape design in its downtown district. Funds will be used to hire a design consultant to provide design services through development of construction documents.

Beattyville will use its funding for the relocation of utilities on Main Street from the intersection of Main Street and KY Route 11 to the CSX Railroad underpass.

The Cadiz funding will be used for façade improvements to 20 downtown properties.

The City of Cloverport wants to completely renovate the Old Fire House Water Plant facility which is located in the center of their downtown Renaissance area.

The City of Danville will use funds for facade improvements to seven downtown properties, including the library and a church.

The City of Harlan will use its grant for utility burial for Phase II of a streetscape project which covers approximately one mile. The work will be done simultaneously with the sidewalk replacement portion.

The City of Harrodsburg funds will be used to make needed improvements to nine building facades within the Renaissance District.

The City of Princeton will use its funding for Phase II of a streetscape project that will consist of replacement of sidewalks and curbs on both sides of Main Street.

Renaissance on Main rewards communities that take steps to revitalize and maintain vibrant, economically sound development in Kentucky’s downtown areas. The 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).  GOLD is the agency responsible for administering the program. For more information, visit