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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...

Eastern Ky. communities to host Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week

“Outlaws, Moonshine, and a Country Song: Embracing Your Cultural Heritage” will be the theme of the Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week (Sept. 10-12), which will showcase the Eastern Kentucky communities of Beattyville, Paintsville, Pikeville and Salyersville. Local board members and program directors from across the state will explore tourist destinations, shopping, arts and...

Kentucky Main Street conference to celebrate program’s 40th anniversary April 23-25 in Covington

A conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Main Street program (KYMS) will take place April 23-25 in Covington, with nationally known speakers and sessions addressing downtown redevelopment strategies of interest to both urban and rural communities. A program of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), Kentucky Main Street was created in 1979 to reverse...

Participating communities reported investments of over $109 million from Kentucky Main St. Program

The Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) announced that 39 participating communities reported cumulative investment of $109,741,515 in their commercial downtown districts in 2016, a number that includes $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. This total was up significantly from the $76 million of cumulative investment reported by 44 communities in 2015. Administered...

‘Shop small’ efforts, including Small Business Saturday, are helping revitalize downtowns

First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday took place the first weekend after Thanksgiving – and today it has grown into a national movement in support of small businesses and the shop small movement, a grassroots effort to drive shoppers to local merchants.   This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many...