Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Signs Executive Order Re-Organizing Governor’s Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Daniel M. Bayens
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher signed an Executive Order reorganizing the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD).  The reorganization plan will improve the organizational structure, delivery of services and efficiency within the Office of the Governor by combining several offices and programs.

            “I share the Governor’s vision of improving local development opportunities through better organization of our resources and services,” said GOLD Commissioner Steve Robertson.  “These changes will further the goal of moving Kentucky forward by providing a more efficient approach in implementing economic development opportunities in our communities.”

            The reorganization comes after the completion of an extensive review of the agency.  It creates two new entities, the Office of Federal Grants and the Office of State Grants, by moving existing grant programming. 

            “The net effect of this plan will allow for greater economic and community development in Kentucky,” said Commissioner Robertson.

            The changes in organizational structure will also help GOLD continue its focus on project monitoring.  This commitment to oversight will ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately.

            The Office of Federal Grants will be responsible for the administration of all federal grant programs within GOLD, including the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), the Kentucky Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the Flood Control Matching Grant Program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

        The Office of State Grants will administer all state grant programs, including the Renaissance on Main program (ROM), the Area Development Fund (ADF), the Body Armor program, the Cemetery Fund program, single county coal severance grants, the community development line-item projects contained in HB 267, 269, 380, and the monitoring of HB 267 Community Economic Growth Grants.