Kentucky Heritage Council
KY Main Street Program celebrates 30 years with the unveiling of a new logo
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A line drawing of buildings along a historic main street – framed within the outline of Kentucky – makes up the new Kentucky Main Street Program logo unveiled during a celebration Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Nearly 100 local main street managers and board members from across the Commonwealth attended the event saluting the 30th anniversary of the Kentucky Main Street Program, the oldest and one of the largest statewide main street revitalization programs in the nation.
The logo was created by Justin Kimbro, owner and designer of K-Squared Designs based in Murray. The celebration took place in conjunction with Preservation Day in Frankfort sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, Inc., the statewide preservation advocacy and education organization.
The Kentucky Main Street Program was established in 1979 by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office and is based on a model created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation emphasizing the four points of design, organization, economic restructuring and promotion. The goal of the program is to encourage downtown revitalization, public-private partnerships and local economic development within the context of historic preservation.
The Kentucky Main Street Program provides technical and design assistance, training, program development and organizational support to communities who invest in the program by hiring a local manager and engaging volunteer board members. Since 1999, the Renaissance on Main program has provided the funding component for projects, expanding preservation opportunities as well as the scope of both programs. Renaissance on Main is administered by the Department for Local Government.
“We are blessed in Kentucky to have so many unique main streets that remain vibrant, thanks to the Kentucky Main Street Program, and the Kentucky Heritage Council, for the work you have done over the last 30 years. I can’t imagine what Harrodsburg and the other 100-plus communities across the state that have participated in the Main Street program would be like today without this legacy,” said guest speaker Marcheta Sparrow, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, who lives in Harrodsburg.
Other speakers included Rep. Mike Cherry (D-Princeton); Damian Sells, chair-elect of Preservation Kentucky and developer of historic buildings in Covington; Lara Thornbury, executive director of Winchester First; and Mark Dennen, acting executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and state historic preservation officer.
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. This return on investment demonstrates how preserving historic buildings greatly contributes not only to local economies but to Kentucky’s bottom line.
For photos and a copy of the new logo, visit the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site at www.heritage.ky.gov
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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