National Main Street Center names Renaissance Covington program 'One to Watch'

COVINGTON, Ky. — Northern Kentucky’s largest urban center just got a serious shout-out on the national stage for its burgeoning central business district.

Officials with the National Main Street Center announced the 2016 Great American Main Street Awards winners Monday night at a ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as part of the Main Street Now Conference, CNN reported.

While Covington wasn’t named named in the “Best” category, the city’s Renaissance Covington program, which works to revitalize the city's urban corridors and champion local economic development, was named “One to Watch” during Monday’s ceremony.

Local programs were evaluated based on the “strength of the Main Street program in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnership and demonstrated success” at revitalizing urban corridors, according to the organization.

The nonprofit has been involved a variety of revitalization and community engagement projects, including most recently partnering with Curb’d for the installation of five temporary “parklets,” that sit in parking spaces across the city.

Renaissance Covington was also involved in the decommissioning of one of the city's more iconic murals, planning a send-off event for the mural as it makes way for a new, mixed-use development expected to arrive at the city's Duveneck Square located downtown.

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