Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 12, 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 Hodgenville.  Funding will be used to provide parking for the downtown area.


“Adequate parking is crucial to our downtown business districts,” said Governor Fletcher. “This funding will help Hodgenville meet the needs of this area.”          


The funding will provide parking for downtown Hodgenville.  It is tied to a future Civic Center the city is working to acquire. The city expects the creation of 30 jobs.


“The Renaissance on Main program’s primary focus is economic development,” noted Senator Carroll Gibson.  “The grant will help to alleviate parking issues in downtown Hodgenville, making it more pleasant and convenient for citizens and visitors during the Lincoln Bicentennial and other events.”


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.  Hodgenville is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.


Representative Terry Shelton said, “The ongoing efforts of Hodgenville community leaders to create a distinct and lively downtown have been rewarded by this grant funding.  Through these funds, Hodgenville will see their project come to fruition."


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.