Welcome to Fort Thomas Renaissance

Mission Statement:

The vibrancy of the business climate within the city of Fort Thomas is a critical component of a healthy community. Utilizing the Main Street four-point approach, the Board focuses on positively impacting the designated Renaissance district through economic and physical revitalization. All actions taken by the Board are done with a commitment to improve how we live, work and raise families within the city.

Each year Fort Thomas Renaissance develops goals dedicated to the development of a healthy business climate where our proud heritage helps us shape a promising future – enriching the quality of life in Fort Thomas.


Debbie Buckley
Renaissance Manager/Economic Development Director

FORT THOMAS BUSINESS LISTING The City of Fort Thomas has a diverse number within its business community.  This list is comprehensive but not complete.  If your business is missing, please email Debbie Buckley, Economic Development Director at to be included.  Make sure your website is included.

Renaissance News

Battery Row Productions Presents: A Historic Walking Tour of Fort Thomas Kentucky

Discover how a military barracks, bare-knuckle boxing ring, the gruesome murder of a pregnant woman, and a local pub contribute to the rich historical heritage of the City of Fort Thomas. The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum has worked for more than a year with Battery Row Productions to create this walking tour–a tour…

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Renaissance Events

Fort Thomas Renaissance Board
Fort Thomas Renaissance Board1 day ago

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE! We're currently 9th in the Nation, 1st in Kentucky & 3rd in the Southeast, but WE WANT TO WIN!!
Winning would bring us bragging rights, as well as funds to improve our Market!
The contest ends SUNDAY, 09/20/20....

Fort Thomas Renaissance Board
Fort Thomas Renaissance Board5 days ago

Only FIVE more days to vote for the Fort Thomas Farmers Market! We are currently 1st in Kentucky and now 12th in the nation. We want to make it to the top ten. Please click on the link and add your email address(es). We appreciate...

Fort Thomas Renaissance Board
Fort Thomas Renaissance Board2 weeks ago

Tonight at 7:30 at the Fort Thomas Amphitheater! KSO Concert. Come early for our Derby party. Midway Cafe is serving hot browns and mint juleps and bourbon starting at 6:00 pm on the Mess Hall brick patio. Watch the Run for the Roses on the...

Fort Thomas Renaissance Board
Fort Thomas Renaissance Board3 weeks ago

There is NO Naked Karate Girls concert tonight. We are postponing til next year. Thank you!


During the late 1990’s the city’s elected body, staff and community volunteers engaged in a considerable effort to assess the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as it planned for the new millennium and continued success for the community. This effort included a long range strategic visioning process, update of the city’s official 20-year Comprehensive Plan, and consensus building from the elected body to establish priorities and areas of focus. These initiatives were completed with involvement and input from elected officials, city staff, volunteer committees, focus group meetings and professional consultants. One common theme that arose throughout this planning process was the need to reinvest in and revitalize the city’s urban core, specifically its historic business districts which were beginning to show signs of economic and physical decline.

In 2000, the city formed a citizen volunteer committee named Fort Thomas Forward to lead the development of an urban design and streetscape master plan for the center of town. During this same period, the city received state designation as a silver-level Renaissance Kentucky/Main Street community for its CBD revitalization efforts and received $95,000 in Direct Appropriation funds to underwrite some of the initial streetscape revitalization costs, specifically a CBD utility relocation project, market study, and new CBD streetscape design and engineering. Subsequently, a part-time manager position and Fort Thomas Renaissance Board were created pursuant to the requirements of the state Renaissance Kentucky/Main Street program.

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