Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding For Bardstown

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 $75,000 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Bardstown.  Funding will be used for the construction of a Farmer’s Market.

            “Renaissance on Main focuses on making downtown areas viable and economically productive,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding will create approximately nine new jobs for Bardstown.”

            The project covers 8,360 square feet for a Farmer’s Market and public restrooms.  The new construction is expected to create nine jobs which will generate approximately $195,796 in household earnings.

            “Farmer’s Markets have become a lucrative industry for many communities,” stated Senator Dan Kelly.  “I am pleased to see our local farms showcased in this way.  These types of ventures help the economic development of our towns.”

            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.  Bardstown is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            Representative David Floyd said, "Having our farmer's market downtown at the parking lot has been an incredible asset to this community, but a permanent location there will not only provide us with the opportunity to buy fresh produce from our farmers but also bring folks downtown to shop at other downtown stores. I am very pleased to see Renaissance on Main grants used on this project. "        

            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.