Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding For Fort Thomas

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 Fort Thomas.  Funding will be used for a façade project.

            “This funding is important to the continued growth of the Fort Thomas downtown area,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The façade renovation will make the area more appealing to businesses, residents and visitors.”

            The funding will be used for a façade project affecting eight buildings in downtown Fort Thomas.  Each project has a committed match from the owner of each building.  A significant number of jobs, including construction jobs, will be created with each façade. 

            “This project will be important in the continued efforts for the beautification of Fort Thomas,” said Senator Katie Stine.  “In addition, the job creation will provide a boost for the area. I applaud the whole community.  It is because of their involvement that Fort Thomas is such as attractive and pleasant place to live and work.

            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.  Fort Thomas is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            Representative Joe Fischer said, “I applaud the efforts of the community leaders of Fort Thomas for their commitment to the Renaissance on Main program and to their development of the downtown district.”

            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.