Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards Funding For the City of Glasgow

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 21, 2006  
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 Glasgow.  Funding will be used to renovate the Dickerson Greer House.

            “Governor Fletcher recognizes the importance of downtown development, both as an economic tool and as a resource for tourism initiatives,” said GOLD Commissioner Steve Robertson.  “This administration understands the needs of communities like Glasgow who seek to renovate and rejuvenate their downtown area.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used  for the final phase of exterior and interior renovation of the Dickinson-Greer House.  This will allow for the completion of remaining exterior facade improvements as well as interior infrastructure items.  It will also provide space for meetings and receptions as well as expand the impact of the recently renovated Plaza Theatre.              

     “In order for downtown areas to grow, visitors and citizens must have access to unique and interesting facilities that drive them to visit downtown,” said Senator Richie Sanders, Jr. (R-Franklin).  “These improvements will make downtown Glasgow a more attractive place to visit.”

                Representative Steve Nunn (R-Glasgow) said, "Local officials have diligently worked to make downtown Glasgow a great place to visit.  These improvements will draw people and businesses to the district, increasing economic development opportunities.”

                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.  Glasgow is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            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.