Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding For Paducah

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 09, 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 Paducah.  Funding will be used for the construction of a public access facility.

            “My administration is focused on providing the most economic opportunities for Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Through this development, Paducah will create jobs and bring in additional revenues.”

            The funding will be used to create a public access facility which includes a welcome area, meeting rooms and public restrooms, creating four jobs.  In addition to other functions, this facility will be used to accommodate individuals on riverboat excursions.  In 2004, 40 riverboat excursions with approximately 10,000 people landed in Paducah, creating an estimated $518,900 economic impact.

            Paducah is being proactive in addressing the needs of individuals visiting their town,” stated Senator Robert Leeper.  “The impact already experienced by Paducah illustrates the need for this project.”

            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.  Paducah is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            Representative Frank Rasche said, “I am pleased that this funding was awarded to the city of Paducah in order to create a distinct atmosphere in the downtown area.”

            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.