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

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 $38,500 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Trenton.  Funding will be used for a streetscape project.

            “This program helps communities focus on downtown development by collaborating on projects with programs such as Transportation Enhancement,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The city of Trenton has created a downtown district that its citizens can be proud of.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used as a match for the Transportation Enhancement program.  The project will include parking and sidewalk renovations.  Some of the sidewalks being replaced are not currently handicap accessible.  New curbs, streetlights and street furniture will be installed.

            “This funding will encourage people to visit downtown Trenton and make it accessible for all citizens,” said Senator Joey Pendleton (D-Hopkinsville).  “I appreciate the efforts of the Trenton Renaissance on Main program.”

                Representative Sheldon Baugh (R-Russellville) said, "Accessibility to downtown shops and businesses is vital to the economic expansion of Trenton.  I am pleased that the Fletcher Administration awarded these funds.”

                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.  Trenton 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.