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

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 Springfield.  Funding will be used for the renovation of the Children’s Theatre at the Springfield Opera House.

            “This is an exciting and unique project for the city of Springfield,” said Governor Fletcher.  “With this funding the entire community will be able to enjoy the talent and spirit area children possess.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used to make improvements to the theatre such as the addition of a studio, storage room and signage.  Officials estimate the project to create 21 jobs and generate $300,000 in salaries and wages.

            “The Springfield Opera House is an important landmark in the community,” said Senator Dan Kelly (R-Springfield).  “These renovations will ensure that yet another generation of young people will get to experience great performances here at home.”

                Projections indicate that the project will generate $1.36 million over five years.  By 2010, approximately $342,272 will be contributed annually into the local economy.

                Representative Mike Harmon (R-Junction City) said, “The revenue this project is expected to generate will be a tremendous boost for the city of Springfield.  I am pleased that the Fletcher administration awarded these grant dollars to 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.  Springfield 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.