Renaissance Manager/Economic Development Director
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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 Ft. 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 Ft. Thomas.
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 Ft. 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 Ft. Thomas Renaissance Board
were created pursuant to the requirements of the state Renaissance
Kentucky/Main Street program.
Entrance to the Fort
North Fort Thomas Avenue near Subway