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

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 $78,625 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Henderson.  Funding will be used for a façade project.

            “The Renaissance on Main funding was especially important because of the flood damage to the downtown area,” said Governor Fletcher.  “With these grant funds the city of Henderson can restore the facades and once again increase the traffic to the district.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used for façade improvements to 6-7 buildings in the downtown Henderson area.  The grant will affect some buildings that were recently damaged due to flooding.  Local officials anticipate the improvements will help attract new businesses, creating jobs and increased traffic to the district.

            “This funding will help to rejuvenate downtown Henderson,” said Senator Dorsey Ridley (D-Henderson). 

                Representative Gross Lindsay (D-Henderson) said, “Downtown districts give communities a distinctive flair that attracts visitors.  This funding will make Henderson more appealing to residents and tourists alike.”

                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.  Henderson 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.