Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Agreement: Grant for market study will go directly to Renaissance, with all the responsibilities

Midway Renaissance and the city have agreed that the $15,000 state grant the non-profit group obtained for a market study to help local businesses will not be run through city coffers but will go to Renaissance, along with all the responsibilities.

"It's a win-win," Mayor Tom Bozarth said after the Renaissance Committee of the City Council and representatives of Renaissance and the Midway Business Association agreed on the approach at a City Hall meeting this evening.

The arrangement will require a three-way agreement between the state, city and Renaissance instead of separate agreements by the city with the other entities, and a new council resolution to replace the December resolution that approved the grant application by Renaissance.

"It looks like things have been resolved very nicely so everybody can live with it," said Tad Long of the Kentucky League of Cities, who acted as the facilitator for the meeting. Long is at far right in the photo. From far left are Renaissance members Becky Moore and Joy Arnold; business owner Mary Thoreson; Renaissance member Bob Rathbone; council and committee member Doris Leith; business owner John McDaniel of the Thoroughbred Theater; council and committee member Charlann Wombles; Main Street Director Marcie Christensen, of Renaissance; Bozarth; council and committee member Sharon Turner; and business owner Eric Thoreson of Damselfly Gallery.The Thoresons are obscured in the photo. Eric Thoreson suggested that the study should go beyond the city limits, saying that a survey had found as many as 80 entrepreneurs living or working in Woodford County north of Old Frankfort Pike, often regarded as the southern boundary of Greater Midway. He spoke in agreement with Wombles, who said the entire community needs to be aware of the study. Renaissance has created a Web page to "report on the progress and make accessible all documents generated," it says. "As the project moves forward, input and participation from the broader community is important as it provides fresh ideas and community ownership of this valuable study." (Read more; click on photo for larger image)

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