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Kentucky Main Street Fall meeting begins Tuesday, will showcase Central Kentucky Communities

Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) directors from across the state will network with their colleagues, and peers from the Wyoming Main Street Program, during a four-day meeting this week in central Kentucky. The meeting will showcase the “crossroads communities” of Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Harrodsburg, Perryville and Springfield, so-named for their strategic location between major metropolitan centers.

“Reshaping Your Community with Commerce: Telling Your Story” continues the KYMS 2018 training theme focusing on how local directors can more effectively tell their own unique local stories to create economic development opportunities in ways that support historic preservation, encourage public art, and draw visitors through heritage tourism. The meeting is open to KYMS directors and board members, but members of the media are invited to participate. (See agenda, attached.)

The meeting begins at noon Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Nelson County Public Library in Bardstown. Featured speaker Regan Wann is a trainer, educator and storyteller who will share secrets of telling great stories to engage and delight. Other featured speakers throughout the week will include Holly Wiedemann, founding principal and president of AU Associates, Inc., who will discuss how rehabilitation tax credits can spark community revitalization; Chris Cathers and Tom Musgrave with the Kentucky Arts Council, on the economic impact of public art; and Amy Potts with the Kentucky Department of Tourism, on how the state tourism website and other tools can be used to help tell the Main Street story.

The director of Wyoming Main Street, Linda Klinck, and Wyoming Main Street Community Development Coordinator, Desiree Brothe, will be special guest speakers and attend along with local directors from nine certified Main Street communities including Cheyenne, Laramie and Sheridan.

“Kentucky Main Street and crossroads community representatives are excited to share their communities with others across the state, and we are honored to have Wyoming Main Street join us,” said Kitty Dougoud, KYMS state administrator. “Participants will also be introduced to new Kentucky Heritage Council staff members Erick Rawlings, staff architect, and Lisa M. Thompson, National Register coordinator, who will also be working with Main Street programs statewide.”

Among the activities will be downtown walking tours; tours of historic buildings including the Willock and H&W Sport Shop buildings in Campbellsville, Robertson Building in Springfield, and Johnson-Britton House and Merchant’s Row in Perryville; an evening at Bardstown’s Buttermilk Days Festival; and a tour of renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell’s studio in Danville. The meeting concludes at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Main street directors Tony Pence of Morehead, Minta Trimble of Pikeville, and Jacob Roan of Pineville will also lead sessions, and a committee of directors will meet to launch plans for a week-long Kentucky Main Street 40th anniversary celebration next April leading up to National Historic Preservation Month.

Created in 1979, Kentucky Main Street is the oldest statewide downtown economic revitalization program in the nation, which since its inception has been responsible for supporting $4.5 billion of public-private investment throughout the Commonwealth. Currently, 32 communities participate in Kentucky’s nationally accredited program.

Kentucky Main Street is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. For information, contact Kitty Dougoud at 502-892-3605, or visit www.heritage.ky.gov.

From Kentucky Heritage Council

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