Kentucky Heritage Council
Kentucky Main Street Program 30th anniversary celebration, new logo unveiling planned Thursday
Special ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Kentucky Main Street Program, administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, kicking off a series of events throughout 2009. The ceremony is in conjunction with Preservation Day in Frankfort sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, Inc. The event will conclude with the unveiling of a new Kentucky Main Street Program logo.
9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 26 (EST)
Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda
- Representative Mike Cherry, D-Princeton
- Damian Sells, Chair Elect, Preservation Kentucky and developer of historic buildings in Covington
- Lara Thornbury, Executive Director of Winchester First
- Marcheta Sparrow, Secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
- Lindy Casebier, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
- Mark Dennen, Kentucky Heritage Council Acting Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer
- Chris Black of Paducah, Kentucky Heritage Council Chair
The Kentucky Main Street Program is the oldest statewide downtown revitalization program in the nation, created by the Kentucky Heritage Council in 1979 and based on a model created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Kentucky Main Street Program provides technical assistance and training to communities who invest in the program by hiring a local manager and engaging volunteer board members.
The Kentucky Main Street Program fosters a community driven, comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization by advocating community self-reliance, local empowerment and rebuilding traditional commercial districts based on preserving distinctive local architecture, personal service, local ownership, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and fostering a sense of community. Through the program over the last 30 years, in partnership with Renaissance on Main, more than $2 billion of public-private investment has been generated in communities throughout the state.
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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