Governor's Office for Local Development
113 Cities Recognized, Inducted to the Renaissance on Main Program

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer
1-800-346-5606
 


         Over 100 Kentucky cities were recognized at the 30th Annual Governor’s Local

Issues Conference held August 4-5 at the Galt House East in Louisville.  Renaissance on

Main, the downtown revitalization program, awarded 63 Kentucky cities with the rank of

Certified I or Certified II, 36 cities with the rank of Candidate and 14 cities with the rank of

Invited.  Each city was recognized at the 2005 Governor’s Local Issues Conference

luncheon. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, who addressed the luncheon crowd of over

500 local officials, noted the tremendous popularity and success of the Renaissance

program.  “The Renaissance on Main program has worked closely with local government to

help them fashion and maintain exciting economic development opportunities while creating a

fun atmosphere that people enjoy.  The cities recognized here today have shown a

commitment to creating these energetic downtowns which are the pulse of many

 communities.”

            Cities that are Certified I Renaissance on Main cities are eligible for funding up to $150,000.  Certified II cities can receive up to $75,000 for their downtown projects.  Candidate cities are communities that have been in the Renaissance program in the past.  Invited cities have never been involved in the Renaissance program.

            Cities can use their Renaissance funds to restore buildings, to renovate sidewalks and streetscapes, to create facades and numerous other projects in order to create an overall downtown improvement to attract and retain businesses.

            Renaissance on Main is also under the direction of a new executive director.  Renee Alexander, a former executive assistant for the Renaissance on Main program, takes the place of Ginger Wills, who went on to become the executive director of the Office of Rural and Secondary Roads in the Transportation Cabinet.

            Commissioner Ellen Williams of the Governor’s Office for Local Development, says Alexander was a great candidate for the Renaissance program.  “Renee brings programmatic knowledge and a good relationship from her previous role as an executive assistant to the Renaissance on Main program.  She has a great understanding of the issues that cities face in dealing with their downtown development.”

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.  The Renaissance on Main program extends that focus to economic development.

            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 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. 

2005 Renaissance on Main Cities

     Certified I                    Certified II                 Candidate                Invited

Ashland

Augusta

Beattyville         

Beaver Dam

Bellevue

Barbourville

Berea

Benton

Bowling Green

Bardstown

Bloomfield

Frenchburg

Cadiz

Benham

Calhoun

Jeffersontown

Covington

Carrollton

Campbellsville

Lawrenceburg

Danville

Cloverport

Campton

London

Dawson Springs

Cumberland

Clay

Ludlow

Elizabethtown

Eminence

Columbia

Olive Hill

Elkton

Falmouth

Cynthiana

Owingsville

Elsmere

Flemingsburg

Dayton

Richmond

Erlanger

Frankfort

Elkhorn City

South Shore

Fort Thomas

Hopkinsville

Franklin

Taylorsville

Georgetown

LaGrange

Fulton

Whitesburg

Glasgow

Lebanon

Grayson

Williamsburg

Greensburg

Lexington

Greenup

 

Guthrie

Louisville

Harlan

 

Harrodsburg

Lynch

Hazard

 

Henderson

Madisonville

Hindman

 

Hodgenville

Marion

Irvine

 

Horse Cave

Mayfield

Irvington

 

Midway

Maysville(Old Washington)

Jackson

 

Morehead

Morganfield

Liberty

 

Mt. Sterling

Munfordville

Manchester

 

Murray

New Castle

Mount Vernon

 

Newport

Owensboro

Paintsville

 

Nicholasville

Springfield

Paris

 

Paducah

Williamstown

Perryville

 

Pikeville

 

Providence

 

Princeton

 

Russellville

 

Scottsville

 

Salyersville

 

Shelbyville

 

Tompkinsville

 

Somerset

 

Vanceburg

 

Stanford

 

Vine Grove

 

Trenton

 

Warsaw

 

Versailles

 

West Point

 

Winchester

 

Wilmore