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

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 $75,000 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Hopkinsville.  Funding will be to renovate a facility in downtown Hopkinsville.

            “The Renaissance on Main program is designed to encourage communities to grow and develop,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Communities like Hopkinsville will create exciting, economically-sound downtown districts.”

            The city will use the funding to renovate a building in downtown Hopkinsville in order to create four housing units.  These units will draw businesses back into the area by having providing a place for professionals to live.

            “Economic development is about providing the right amenities for businesses,” said Senator Joey Pendleton (D-Hopkinsville).  “Additional housing in downtown Hopkinsville will allow professionals to reach their workplace in a timely manner.”

                Representative James Carr (R-Hopkinsville) said, "This project will serve as a catalyst to draw business into downtown Hopkinsville, creating jobs and economic growth.”

                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.  Hopkinsville 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.