Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding For Ashland Streetscape

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 07, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $150,000 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Ashland.  Funding will be used for a streetscape project.

            “Each city has a downtown area that is unique from other cities around it,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I am pleased to award this funding to Ashland and applaud their commitment to creating a distinct atmosphere in their downtown.”

            The funding will provide streetlights for downtown Ashland, which reflects one of the city’s top priorities.  This project will create approximately 29 new jobs and will improve the overall safety and aesthetic value of the area.

            “The potential for creating 29 new jobs is fantastic for the growth of downtown Ashland,” stated Senator Walter Blevins.  “I applaud the efforts of the city to improve their beautiful downtown.”

            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.  Ashland is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            Representative John Vincent said, "This grant money will provide us with the opportunity to continue with Ashland's efforts to attract folks to historic downtown Ashland by improving our lighting. This is exactly what we created the Renaissance program for and I am pleased that this administration chose to recognize the significance of this project with funding.”

            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, the agency responsible for administering the program.