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

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 20, 2006  
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 Stanford.  Funding will be used for facility renovations of Willy’s Overland Parking Garage.

            “The city of Stanford has worked diligently to create a more viable downtown area,” said Governor Fletcher.  “With these improvements, Stanford will heighten the appeal of their downtown, creating more opportunities for businesses to flourish due to the increase in individuals visiting the area.”

            The funding will be used to create an indoor parking facility with 25 spaces, a museum display featuring memorabilia from Willy’s Overland Garage and green space for the city.  This will enhance Stanford’s business environment.

            “Stanford has illustrated their commitment to downtown development by participating in the Renaissance on Main program,” stated Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond).  “This funding is the fruition of the efforts of community leaders.”

                In addition to the parking, Renaissance on Main funds will be utilized for structural improvements, lighting, a HVAC system and masonry repair.

            Representative Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon) said, "The downtown area is what gives a community its character and its own special identity. Communities can use their uniqueness to recruit new businesses, thereby improving the quality of life for their residents. This funding also provides proof of what we've known all along - that the City of Stanford and the folks involved with revitalizing this area are doing a great job and should be commended."

                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.  Stanford 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.