Governor's Office for Local Development
The City of Elizabethtown Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

       Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that the city of Elizabethtown will receive $250,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant program (CEGG).

The fund, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium. 

“The Community Economic Growth Grant exemplifies what is possible when the Executive Branch and the Legislature work in a bi-partisan manner,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The infusion of these funds will result in over $99 million in successful projects across the Commonwealth.”

The city of Elizabethtown will complete the third and final phase of the State Theater Complex restoration project.  This final phase will restore the old theater including expanding the stage for theatrical performances, creating a technical booth and concession area and restoring the ticket booth, the lobby and original restrooms. A new HVAC and sprinkler system would be installed in addition to new sound and screen equipment for teleconferences, movie productions and theater performances. 

Senator Elizabeth Tori (R-Elizabethtown) said, “The Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council has undertaken a massive renovation project.  With this CEGG grant the State Theater renovation will be completed, bringing the opportunity to increase economic development and tourism dollars for the community.”

Representative Jimmie Lee (D-Elizabethtown) said, “The State Theater Restoration project is a focus of the community; I am pleased to see this funding awarded in order to complete this important project.”

“The State Theatre is a historic landmark for the Elizabethtown community,” said Representative Mike Weaver (D-Elizabethtown).  “I appreciate the hard work of all the community leaders to make this project a reality.”

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the Commonwealth.

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.