Since Kentucky's Downtown Revitalization Program began in 1996, Bowling Green has received around $25 million dollars to develop its downtown area. Along with this came new landscape to Fountain Square Park, restoration of historical buildings, and new elderly housing.
Now, Bowling Green could experience additional changes, but not necessarily ones you can see. Governor Fletcher announced Monday his plans to bring more businesses to Kentucky's downtowns.
"Kentucky's downtowns are the core of our communities. It is critical that we maintain the rich heritage that makes them unique while ensuring that they have the infrastructure and physical appeal that is attractive to perspective businesses and tourists." Governor Fletcher noted.
In addition, the program will be renamed Renaissance on Main, highlighting the strong relationship between Renaissance Kentucky and the Main Street Program.
These changes will impact not only Bowling Green's downtown, but several other South Central Kentucky cities that have applied for and received Renaissance grants.