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

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 Murray.  Funding will be used for Phase II of the Wallis Building Renovation Project.

            “Renaissance on Main is designed to stimulate growth and development,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Phase I of this project has already created 20 jobs in downtown Murray, illustrating the dividends that these projects can pay.”

            A storefront will be renovated and has the potential to create approximately three to five new jobs.

            “This project has been a worthwhile endeavor for Murray,” said Senator Ken Winters (R-Murray).  “This will continue to spur economic growth and development in the area.”

                Representative Melvin Henley (R-Murray) said, "These renovations will encourage more individuals to visit the Murray area.  I am excited to see this project come to fruition.”

                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.  Murray 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.