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KY African American Heritage Commission KY Native American Heritage Commission About the Kentucky Main Street Program The late 20th century economic decline witnessed by many of Kentucky's central business districts threatened the many architecturally and historically significant buildings in these downtowns. Based on the need to preserve not only the buildings, but also the economic vitality of a community's downtown, the Kentucky Heritage Council developed the Kentucky Main Street Program to assist communities with revitalization efforts. The Kentucky Main Street Program is based on a four-point approach developed by the National Main Street Center [], a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The four components of the program are: Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality. The goal of this program is to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development within the context of historic preservation. Updated 12-08-16 Kentucky Main Street Program Directory [WORD-625KB] Since 1979, the Kentucky Main Street Program has been a successful addition toward reversing the economic decline in Kentucky's downtowns, both small and large. Participation in this program requires local commitment and financial support. A Main Street director administers the program locally through a volunteer board. The Heritage Council provides technical and design assistance, on-site visits, a resource center, national consultants and grant funding. Photo, right: Melinda Winchester of Paducah Main Street shows off some swag for the 2016 Shop Small holiday campaign While many cities have seen immediate improvements, the program establishes an effective organization that will continue to monitor and guide revitalization efforts. It is primarily a self-help program, locally administered and funded, with technical assistance and guidance provided by the Heritage Council. The efforts center on certain aspects of downtown revitalization. A public-private partnership is developed which uses a comprehensive approach, relies on quality, involves changing attitudes, focuses on existing assets, and is both incremental in nature while being implementation oriented. There are many reasons for revitalizing a downtown, but once the process has begun communities note positive changes such as: Renewed confidence in the downtown through an improved image. New job opportunities through the attraction of new businesses and strengthened service/retail markets. Savings in tax dollars. Revitalization stabilizes and improves the area's tax base, while protecting the investments already made in the downtown. A process that enables property owners to maintain historic commercial buildings and preserve an important part of a community's unique heritage. Developing A Successful Program Winchester Beer Cheese Festival Thresholds needed to be met for Developing a Successful Program: When a broad consensus has been reached in the community as to the importance and value of a viable downtown. When community leaders understand and appreciate the importance of economic development, not only in an industrial park, but also in the downtown. When community leaders understand Main Street's four-point approach to downtown revitalization. When the municipal government is committed to the project, both with financial and human resources. When the local chamber of commer ce is supportive of the effort. When there is a community-wide commitment to preserving local historic resources. When there is a balance of need and potential in the downtown area. When projections indicate that the community will experience continued growth. Demonstrated Return on Investment In 2015, Kentucky Main Street programs reported $76,126,662 of total investment representing $42,718,614 of private investment matched by $33,408,048 in public improvements, and supported by more than 100,000 volunteer hours committed by KYMS board members and community supporters! Additionally, statewide, the program generated: 1,138 new jobs created in Main Street districts 250 new businesses created 358 new housing units in downtowns 238 building rehabilitation projects completed 11 historic rehabilitation tax credit projects $36,236,456 invested in historic building rehabilitation Over three decades, Kentucky can document $3.9 billion in public-private investment throughout the Commonwealth generated by Kentucky Main Street Program communities. Nationwide, statistics show that shopping dollars spent downtown have a greater return on investment back into the community: 6 cents of every dollar spent with a “big box” retailer is retained/recirculated in a community (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute) 20 cents of every dollar spent with a chain store is retained/recirculated in a community (Source: Small Business Administration) 60 cents of every dollar spent with a sole proprietorship is retained/recirculated in a community (Source: Small Business Administration) To Learn More If you are interested in learning more about how the Kentucky Main Street program can benefit your community, contact Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street Program administrator, via email or at 502-564-7005, ext. 127.  We also encourage you to visit a Kentucky Main Street community and take time to meet with the local director. National Main Street Center For all general inquiries, email  For questions regarding membership, email  Headquarters: National Main Street Center, Inc. 53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 350 Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312.939.5547, ext. 37233 Fax: 312.939.5651 Washington, DC Office: The Watergate Office Building 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC  2003         NEW!2017 KYMS Winter Conference registration, Feb. 15-16, Frankfort [Word-54KB] Main Street MondayCurrent issue:1-23-17 [PDF-4MB]Past Issues Director ResourcesKentucky Main Street Program logo [PDF-667KB] National Main Street Center logo [PDF-122KB] NEW Accredited Program logo [JPEG-683KB] NEW Affiliate Program logo [JPEG-683KB] 2017 Accredited Member Sublicense Form [PDF-196KB] 2017 Affiliate Member Sublicense Form [PDF-196KB] 2017 Accredited Program Annual Letter of Commitment [Word-21KB] 2017 Affiliate Program Annual Letter of Commitment [Word-21KB]  2017 KYMS program evaluation form [Word-155KB] Committee worksheets [Word-24KB] Board member document [Word-17KB] 2016 Reinvestment Statistics quarterly reporting form [Excel-17KB] 2016 Instructions for Reinvestment Statistics [Word-16KB] Average rent per square foot formula [Word-22KB] The Main Street Four-Point Approach® As a unique economic development tool, the Main Street Four-Point Approach® []is the foundation for local initiatives to revitalize their districts by leveraging local assets - from cultural or architectural heritage to local enterprises and community pride. The four points of Main Street work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort. They also correspond with the four forces of real estate value, which are social, political, physical, and economic.
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