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

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $73,292 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Guthrie.  Funding will be used for a streetscape project.

            “The city of Guthrie deserves a reliable sidewalk for its citizens,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This community has stepped up and, by partnering with Renaissance on Main and Transportation Enhancement, made this project a reality.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used as a match for the Transportation Enhancement program.  The project will include utility cleanup, new crosswalks and historic lighting on Ewing Street.  Additionally, new sidewalks will be installed along other streets.  This revitalization project will allow for more safe and frequent usage for pedestrians in downtown Guthrie.

            “Improving the sidewalks for Guthrie will be a great stimulus to encourage more people to visit the downtown area,” said Senator Joey Pendleton (D-Hopkinsville).  “Local officials are working hard to improve Guthrie to make it friendlier to citizens and businesses.”

                Representative Sheldon Baugh (R-Russellville) said, "Accessibility is key to getting individuals to visit an area.  This project will create a better walkway system, promoting what downtown Guthrie has to offer.”

                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.  Guthrie 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.