Kentucky Heritage Council
Kitty Dougoud named new Kentucky Main Street Program Statewide Coordinator; previously executive director of Historic Georgetown Inc.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kitty Watson Dougoud of Georgetown has been named the new Statewide Coordinator for the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS), administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. She will begin in this role Monday, Feb. 18.
Dougoud has served as executive director of Historic Georgetown Inc. since 2007, reporting to a 22-member board responsible for all operational duties of the Georgetown Main Street Program. She has worked to maintain the community’s status as nationally accredited by the National Trust Main Street Center and a designated Kentucky Main Street Program; instituted community events including summertime concerts and art walks; and created The Georgetown Exchange, a blog and community calendar highlighting local history, preservation resources and community events. She has also served as a regional captain for the statewide program.
Prior to this, she was an adjunct professor of art education at Georgetown College and a teacher for 27 years with Scott County schools. She replaces Becky Gorman, now a historic preservation specialist with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services.
KYMS is the oldest statewide downtown revitalization organization in the nation, which encourages downtown revitalization, public-private partnerships and economic development within the context of historic preservation and utilizing cultural assets. Since 1979, the program can document more than $3.6 billion in public-private investment throughout Kentucky. In 2011 alone, participating communities reported more than $177 million invested in downtowns, representing 481 net jobs in Main Street districts, 311 new businesses created, and 314 downtown buildings rehabilitated.
“This is a key position for the agency at a critical time in the statewide program,” said Lindy Casebier, Kentucky Heritage Council acting executive director. “In these tight economic times, communities are forced to cut budgets, so we have to reinforce with local, state and federal policymakers that preserving and reusing downtown buildings can have a huge economic impact by drawing people and new businesses to the central business district, generating a climate of investment that benefits surrounding communities.”
Community main street programs require local commitment and financial support to qualify for designation in the statewide network. A local manager administers activities through a volunteer board, while the Heritage Council provides technical and design assistance, program resources and training. KYMS currently serves 71 communities.
For more information, contact Scot Walters, Heritage Council site development manager, 502-564-7005, ext. 133 or email@example.com.
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov