Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the Renaissance Kentucky program will undergo programmatic changes that will streamline operations and assist cities working to enhance their downtowns. The downtown revitalization program, which focuses on Kentucky cities, was originally established in 1996 to represent an alliance of both state and non-state agencies and organizations focusing resources, funding, and expertise on historic preservation. Under the Governor's plan, the program will extend that focus to economic development.
In addition, the program will be renamed Renaissance on Main highlighting the strong relationship between the Renaissance Kentucky program and the Main Street Program. Renaissance on Main will work with city and county officials, legislators, Renaissance/Main Street Managers and Area Development Districts on local projects.
“Kentucky’s downtowns are the core of our communities. It is critical that we maintain the rich heritage that makes them unique while ensuring that they have the infrastructure and physical appeal that is attractive to perspective businesses and tourists,” Governor Fletcher noted.
Ginger Wills, former Kentucky Main Street Manager, was recently named executive director for the Renaissance on Main program. “We have made significant changes to the program by reducing the paperwork and simplifying the process to enter into the program,” said Wills.
“The Renaissance on Main program could not ask for a more qualified leader than Ginger Wills,” said GOLD Commissioner Darrell D. Brock, Jr. “As someone who has been in the trenches, she understands the issues impacting Kentucky’s downtowns.”
The Renaissance Alliance, an advisory committee to Renaissance on Main, is comprised of members from Governor’s Office for Local Development (where the program administratively resides) and representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Kentucky Housing Corporation.
For complete copy of program guidelines and 2005 training schedule, please visit the
Renaissance on Main website at www.gold.ky.gov