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Kentucky Main Street program encourages Kentuckians to shop local during the holidays

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAH) is partnering with the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) for a special holiday promotion highlighting small businesses in Main Street communities across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Main Street works to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development through preserving historic buildings. KYMS features 29 participating local programs...

Covington to host Kentucky Main Street Conference, events include workshops, bourbon-tasting tour

For the past forty years, Kentucky Main Street has been advocating for Main Streets, both urban and rural, across the state – on April 23rd – 25th, it will be celebrating this work in Covington. “Kentucky Main Street is the oldest statewide Main Street program in the nation and we’re proud to celebrate our longevity and goals for the future with the Covington community,” says Kitty...

Kentucky Main Street Program reminding shoppers to Shop Small as holiday gift-buying season begins

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities. “Small Business Saturday reminds us that during one of the busiest spending...

Kentucky Main Street Program announces statewide investments topped $76 million in 2015

The Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) said that in 2015, 44 communities reported $76.1 million of cumulative investment in their commercial downtown districts, representing $42.7 million of private investment matched by $33.4 million in public improvements. Since the program’s inception in 1979, $3.9 billion of public-private investment has been documented in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Concurrently,...