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    In 2016, 39 participating communities reported cumulative investment of nearly $110 Million in their commercial downtown districts. This includes $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. 

    Downtown Danville saw over $3 million of investments in 10 new or expanding businesses in 2016. The new business investment totaled $1,250,700, while $1,991,520 was spent in business expansion. An estimated 3,462 jobs are located in downtown Danville and in 2016, 110 new jobs were added while 22 jobs were lost. 
     
    "We work diligently to create a vibrant, prosperous downtown," says Nick Wade, executive director of Heart of Danville, adding that "it takes a community to create a successful Main Street." Wade believes that the reasons for investing in a downtown district are numerous, and include creating job opportunities by attracting new businesses and preserving the community's heritage by protecting its historic buildings. "Everyone in Boyle County benefits from the investments made into the central business district," he explains.
     
    The statewide revitalization statistics were announced during the KYMS Winter Meeting in Frankfort on February 15 and 16. During the meeting, KYMS Administrator Kitty Dougoud announced that 29 communities including Danville achieved accreditation for 2017, as certified by both Kentucky Main Street and the National Main Street Center. Accredited programs have met all of the 10 performance standards set forth by NMSC.
     
    Chart compiled by Pikeville Main Street Program Director Minta Trimble. Visit www.heritage.ky.gov for more information.