Governor's Office for Local Development
Community Development Week kicks off with the announcement of 31 projects

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced various community projects across the state totaling nearly $10 million in funding.  The announcement is part of the recognition of Community Development Week in Kentucky.

            “On Saturday, I signed a proclamation declaring April 17-21, 2006 as Community Development Week in Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.  “All the projects announced today will have a tremendous impact on the citizens of the commonwealth.”

Appalachian Regional Commission

            Twelve Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) projects have been recommended for funding by Governor Fletcher.

Applicant                                            Amount           Project Title

City of Pineville                                  $500,000         Dorton Branch Sewer Extension Project


Hyden-Leslie Water District             $400,000         Hyden-Leslie County Water Treatment Plant                                                                                             Expansion


Southeast KY Community                 $100,000         Harlan Tourism Collaborative Project

& Technical College


Frontier Nursing Service                   $360,000         Mary Breckenridge Hospital Pediatric/Surgery

                                                                                    Renovation Project


Lewis County Sanitation                    $250,000         Tollesboro Sewer Extension

District #1


McCreary County Water                  $500,000         Riverwood Environmental Education Center

District                                                                        Infrastructure Development


City of Frenchburg                             $500,000         Indian Creek/KY 1274 Waterline Extension


Morgan County Fiscal Court            $160,000         Morgan County Technology Training


St. Joseph Hospital Eastern

KY Mobile Telehealth Service         $303,882         Mobile Rural TeleMental Health Services


Kentucky Housing Corporation        $500,000         Kentucky Appalachian Housing Program


Lindsey Wilson College                     $400,000         Lindsey Wilson Science Center Equipment


Lake Cumberland Natural                $257,118         Russell County Natural Gas System Development

Gas Authority


            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.

Community Development Block Grants

            There are seven Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects awarded by Governor Fletcher.

Applicant                                            Amount           Project Title

City of Princeton                                $448,000         City of Princeton Building Acquisition

Crittenden County                             $331,000         Crittenden County Senior Citizen Expansion

City of Shelbyville                              $155,000         Shelbyville Welcome/History Center

Johnson County                                 $50,000           MACED Microenterprise Assistance Project

Pendleton County                               $50,000           Pendleton County Microenterprise Program

Hickman County                             $1,000,000          Scattered Site Housing Revitalization


City of Campbellsburg                       $900,000         Campbellsburg-Carrollton Regional Force Main



            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.

Renaissance on Main

            There are 12 Renaissance on Main projects awarded by Governor Fletcher.

Applicant                                            Amount           Project Title

City of Mayfield                                 $64,982           Façade Program

City of Trenton                                 $38,500           Streetscape Match

City of Versailles                               $49,047           Façade Program

City of Georgetown                          $113,651         Façade Program

City of Nicholasville                          $146,000         Facility Renovation

City of Springfield                             $75,000           Facility Renovation

City of Henderson                            $78,625           Façade Program

City of Guthrie                                  $73,292           Streetscape Match

City of Glasgow                                $150,000         Facility Renovation/Dickerson Greer House

City of Winchester                            $150,000         Façade Program

City of Murray                                   $75,000           Facility Renovation

City of Hopkinsville                           $75,000           Facility Renovation

            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.