Fort Thomas Renaissance is a Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) community. KYMS is the oldest statewide Main Street network in the nation, administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office under the direction of the National Main Street Center. The goal of Fort Thomas Renaissance is to facilitate downtown revitalization, public-private partnerships and economic development within the context of historic preservation. Through KYMS, more than $4.5 billion has been invested in Kentucky communities since 1979. Also, national and state Main Street logos can now be downloaded from the KYMS page on KHC’s website, so we ask that you add these to your website and social media pages as well, if not on there already. Here is a direct link to these and the PowerPoint presentation – see the box to the right of the page: http://www.heritage.ky.gov/mainstreet/
The National Trust’s Main Street four-point approach to commercial revitalization offers Fort Thomas Renaissance a proven, comprehensive methodology to guide our efforts. The Main Street Center offers communities throughout the country a clearinghouse of information, advocacy of traditional business districts, research, and other helpful resources.
Preserve America promotes cultural and natural preservation and encourages greater appreciation and enjoyment of our cultural and natural heritage from monuments and buildings to landscapes and main streets. Fort Thomas received this honored designation on April 20, 2004 in a presentation by First Lady, Laura Bush.
Fort Thomas Garden Club
The center of town blossoms with color during the planting season thanks to the Garden Club’s efforts and generous donation of plant materials that fill the medians, hanging baskets and planters. We also have the Garden Club to thank for designing and donating decorations to the holiday tree that adorns Inverness Park each December. Their efforts make our community more appealing and that is key in creating a vibrant business district.
The Fort Thomas Business Association and Fort Thomas Renaissance share a common ground – fostering a healthy business community. The Fort Thomas Business Association focuses on all businesses within Fort Thomas, while Fort Thomas Renaissance’s scope is the central business districts. By working together our organizations can make more of an impact for our Fort Thomas Businesses.