Main Street Kentucky celebrates anniversary

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Organization promotes downtown revitalization

By The Staff

Seven representatives of Main Street Hodgenville attended the celebration of the Kentucky Main Street Program’s 30th anniversary celebration Feb. 16 in Frankfort. Nearly 100 local main street managers and board members from across the Commonwealth heard a salute honoring the oldest and one of the largest statewide main street revitalization programs in the nation.

The celebration took place in conjunction with Preservation Day in Frankfort, sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, Inc., statewide preservation advocacy and education program. Attending from Hodgenville were Mayor Terry Cruse, Main Street president Larry Davis, vice president Harry Alexander; manager Celia McDonald and board members Pat Davis, Iris LaRue and Rita Williams.

“We are blessed in Kentucky to have so many unique main streets that remain vibrant, thanks to the Kentucky Main Street Program and to the Kentucky Heritage Council for the work you have done over the last 30 years,” said guest speaker Marcheta Sparrow, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “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.” Sparrow is a resident of Harrodsburg.

Other speakers included Rep. Mike Cherry (D-Princeton), who introduced a resolution honoring Main Street’s 30 years of service to the state; 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 approach to downtown revitalization by advocating community self-reliance, local empowerment and rebuilding traditional commercial districts.

A highlight of the ceremonies was the unveiling of a new logo for the Kentucky Main Street Program. The original was created in rich tones of yellow, sepia and brown. The emblem will be seen statewide, sometimes in conjunction with the logo of a local agency such as Main Street Hodgenville.

Following the activities in the Capital Rotunda, Larry and Pat Davis, Alexander and McDonald attended a workshop on development, promotion, networking and other aspects of running a Main Street agency. They received one credit for education. The Kentucky Heritage Council requires each Main Street agency to have people attend training several times a year, for a certain number of credits.

On March 19, another training opportunity was held in Elizabethtown.