Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Renaissance on Main funding for Munfordville Project

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today $75,000 in funding for the city of Munfordville.  Funding will be used for real estate acquisition and a welcome center.

            “Munfordville is working to revitalize its downtown area, making it appealing to tourists and residents alike,” said Governor Fletcher. “This funding will help to draw more people into downtown Munfordville.”

            Funding will be used to acquire the CoHart Building.  The building formerly housed “Creations from the Hart”, a center for local artisans to display and sell their work.  In the purchase of this building, the city plans to create a business incubator program by maintaining the function of the building to allow the 34 local artists to continue to sell their handcrafted items.  In addition, the city plans to hire a full-time position for the welcome center.

“It is important to the culture and heritage of Hart County that the local artists have a place to offer their unique items to the public,” noted Senator Carroll Gibson.  “This will boost tourist efforts and generate interest in local crafts by the citizens.”

Representative Terry Shelton said, “Downtown Munfordville has many historic buildings that need to be preserved and maintained.  I am pleased that the city received this funding to not only preserve a historic place, but to maintain a distinctive downtown.”

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. 

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.