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SAVE THE DATES Sept. 23-25: the Strong Towns movement is coming to Kentucky!

Strong Towns logoSeptember seems far away - but it’s not really - so mark your calendars now for this special conference planned in Louisville, in partnership with the Kentucky Main Street Program, that will feature the Strong Towns organization.

Strong Towns will bring a relevant message about how our conventional view of "growth" is actually setting up our towns and cities for long-term financial decline, and how we as communities must change our way of thinking if we want to remain healthy and financially solvent. The assets we have in place, particularly in our existing historic downtowns, are part of the solution.

This conference is not just for a preservation audience – it will be relevant to elected officials, city planners, and regular folks in the community. So plan to attend - and please help us spread the word!

The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

Attendance at one or more days will fulfill annual educational requirements for Certified Local Government (CLG) preservation commissioners and board members, as well as Kentucky Main Street Program managers.

More information will be coming soon with full agenda and registration. For now, visit the Strong Towns website [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] to learn more about this exciting movement as well as the organization's unique curbsite chats.

"The Curbside Chat was the first story we tried to tell at Strong Towns. It goes to the core of our message. Here's a trailer for our video series highlighting some of the key moments of the Curbside Chat": http://www.strongtowns.org/curbside-chat#about-1

Also follow Strong Towns on Facebook and Twitter

The Preservation Payoff

Each year the Kentucky Heritage Council compiles information about the impact of historic preservation in each of Kentucky's six Congressional districts. These data sheets (top right) quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehabilitation tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in economic investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and a rehab tax credit project in each district of particular interest is highlighted.

Please use these to help illustrate the economic and cultural impact that historic preservation programs are having in your community!

In 2012, Annville Institute in Jackson County was listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Preservation Works: Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies booklet coverPreservation Works

Does your legislator, local elected official, family member, friend or neighbor want to know more about historic preservation? Would you like to learn about how current preservation projects across the state are creating jobs, attracting private investment, generating tax revenue, promoting environmental sustainability, contributing to community planning and improving our quality of life? Then check out Preservation Works! Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies [PDF - 976KB], produced by the Kentucky Heritage Council. For a hard copy, email Vicki Birenberg, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.


... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office website. Our mission is to identify, preserve and protect the cultural resources of Kentucky. Heritage Council staff administer all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Kentucky, including the National Register of Historic Places. Sixteen Kentucky Heritage Council members from every geographic region are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms.Morris Fork Community Center, Breathitt County

The Heritage Council is repository of a priceless assemblage of survey forms, maps, photographs and other images in its unique archival collection of inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites across the state. Our rural heritage is well represented in all of our programs including the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, which promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about archaeology and the importance of site protection.

The Heritage Council seeks to build a greater awareness of Kentucky's historic places and to encourage the long-term preservation of Kentucky's significant cultural resources.

Recent Kentucky Heritage Council Press Releases
  • 3 new employees join State Historic Preservation Office
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015
    Three new employees have joined the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), the agency has announced.
  • 12 Certified Local Government historic preservation grants awarded to nine Kentucky communities
    Monday, June 22, 2015
    Twelve Certified Local Government (CLG) grants totaling $86,448 have been awarded for historic preservation-related activities to the communities of Bardstown, Bellevue, Covington, Danville, Hopkinsville, Louisville, Maysville, Paducah and Shelbyville. Projects range from educational workshops and hands-on training to historic building surveys and updating local design guidelines. The annual matching grants fund qualifying projects submitted by participating citywide and county historic preservation commissions.
  • Commentary: Preserving historic places is essential to a strong economy
    Thursday, June 04, 2015
    May is a busy time for heritage-based events that attract travelers to Kentucky. Yet our communities continue to lose historic buildings and sites – the assets that tell the unique story of our Commonwealth, and are the reason people come here seeking an authentic experience. Time and again, projects that maintain or incorporate historic buildings are found to enrich and enhance a community’s sense of place, fuel heritage tourism and drive economic revitalization.


Economic impact of historic preservation by Congressional District

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2nd District

3rd District

4th District

5th District

6th District

Statewide Overview

2014 Kentucky Heritage Council Success Stories [Word-28KB]


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