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

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 $150,000 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Winchester.  Funding will be used for a façade renovation.

            “The Renaissance on Main program has created not only restored downtown districts but has reenergized confidence for downtown shopping, businesses and eateries,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These grant dollars ensure economically-sound downtown districts.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used to renovate the facades of 10 buildings in downtown Winchester.  The project is expected to create approximately 80 temporary or permanent jobs.

            “This project will increase the beauty and appeal of downtown Winchester,” said Senator R.J. Palmer (D-Winchester).  “I applaud the efforts of community leaders who have worked diligently to improve Winchester.”

                Representative Don Pasley (D-Winchester) said, "The improvements to downtown Winchester will create jobs and economic opportunity.  I am pleased to see the community receive 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.  Winchester 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.