Kentucky Main Street Program directors from across the Commonwealth are networking with colleagues and peers from Wyoming during a four day meeting this week.
Formed in 1979, Kentucky Main Street is the nation’s oldest statewide downtown economic development revitalization program. State Director Kitty Dougoud says interest in downtown living continues to grow. “People are looking to move downtown because they’re walkable communities. They want to invest maybe in a start-up or an entrepreneur. They love the old buildings with all the character,” said Dougoud.
Wyoming Main Street Director Linda Klinck arrived in the western state three years ago, after spending most of her life in Indiana. “What’s different in our area, neck of the woods, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio is our building stock is so much older. Our towns and our communities have a longer history whereas Wyoming, a lot of their architecture wasn’t built until the 1890’s, early 1900’s,” explained Klinck
This week’s conference showcases the communities of Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Harrodsburg, Perryville, and Springfield.