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

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 $49,047 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Versailles.  Funding will be used for a façade project.

            “The city of Versailles has shown great promise with the Renaissance on Main program,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding enables the downtown district to focus on economic development and job retention.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used for the Versailles façade program.  Nine buildings will be affected.  Officials expect the retention of jobs and an increased number of people visiting the area due to this project.

            “Downtown Versailles is unique and pleasant to visit,” said Senator Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort).  “This façade project will increase its appeal and create a more beautiful atmosphere.”

                Representative Joe Barrows (D-Versailles) said, "Versailles officials have worked diligently to maintain an attractive, viable downtown district.  This funding will provide further opportunity for development.”

                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.  Versailles 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.