Governor's Office for Local Development
Garrard County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

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

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 Garrard County Fiscal Court will restore and renovate an historic theater building so that it can function in its given capacity.  The movie theater, located in Lancaster’s downtown, closed more than 35 years ago. When complete, the building will seat approximately 700 patrons and house a transportation museum. The Grand will also provide meeting space for local organizations and businesses, as well as conferences.   

Senator Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville) said the project will create jobs for Garrard County. “Downtown development is increasingly important for communities. This project will give a much-needed economic boost to the core of Garrard County and may spur additional improvements. I’m pleased that this project will be completed.”

The Lancaster Grand Theater, Inc. is a non-profit organization that will continue ownership and maintenance of the theater once it is opened.

Representative Lonnie Napier (D-Lancaster) said the project will be good for downtown Lancaster. “This funding is a credit to all those who have diligently worked together for this project.  In particular, I would like to commend John Wilson, Jane Combs and her staff, Arnie Akers and McKinley Daily for their efforts in this project.  Additionally, I would like to thank Governor Fletcher for allocating grant dollars to this excellent project.”

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.