Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding For Mount Sterling Façade

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 08, 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 Mount Sterling.  Funding will be used for a façade project.

            “The Renaissance on Main program is vital to the economic development of many cities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I applaud Mount Sterling’s efforts to create and maintain a unique downtown.”

            This funding will be used to rehabilitate the Gateway Regional Art Center façade.  This funding has the potential to create five direct positions within the art center.  Additionally, there is the potential for a number of related jobs for performers and artists.

            “The beautification of the Mount Sterling downtown area is sure to attract residents and visitors,” stated Senator R. J. Palmer, II.  “This will create an economic impact for the city.”

            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.  Mount Sterling is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            Representative Adrian Arnold said, "Mount Sterling has worked very hard to become a certified Renaissance on Main city.  This funding proves that the hard work of Mount Sterling community leaders has been rewarded.”

            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.