HUD No. KY07-011
Bob Young, Regional Director
(404) 331-5001 ext. 2008
May 16, 2007
HUD PARTNERS WITH PRESERVE AMERICA
INITIATIVE IN WARSAW, KENTUCKY
City of Warsaw, Kentucky becomes one of 473 designated communities
WARSAW, KY - At an event held today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Bob Young awarded Warsaw, Kentucky the designation of a Preserve America Community. Joining HUD Regional Director Bob Young and Mayor Travis Simpson was the Warsaw City Council and city staff, Congressman Geoff Davis'(R-4-KY) office, Gallatin County Judge Executive Kenny French, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer Donna M. Neary, the Warsaw Renaissance on Main Committee, Gallatin County School Superintendent Dorothy Perkins, historic district property owners, and other local leaders.
In an effort to promote the Preserve America initiative and preserve historic communities, HUD has partnered with
the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, other federal agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the President's Council on Environmental Quality, and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. First Lady Laura Bush is the honorary chair of Preserve America. To date, 473 communities have been designated as Preserve America communities.
Through the leadership of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, Kentucky has led the nation in the number of Preserve America communities since the program's inception and as of May 2007 had 65 designated communities, three neighborhoods and one preservation district – including Warsaw.
"Preserve America Communities, neighborhoods, and grant recipients know the importance of historic preservation
to the economic, educational, esthetic, and cultural life of America, as well as to their residents, their visitors, and especially to their children," said HUD Regional Director Bob Young. "The citizens of Warsaw, Kentucky do a great
job of preserving and promoting their heritage."
The City of Warsaw has supported the preservation of its historic environment by participating in the Kentucky Main Street Program/Renaissance on Main and by pursuing listing in the National Register of Historic Places for many of its eligible properties.
In 1982 the Downtown Warsaw Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005 the
city of Warsaw signed a lease agreement to use the Peak-Corkran House as the Warsaw Welcome Center making it
a focal point for heritage tourists visiting the community.
"We are so proud of the way Kentucky communities have embraced this program, working cohesively to submit applications through the Heritage Council and the Kentucky Main Street/ Renaissance on Main program, and the designation of Warsaw is a great addition," said Kentucky Heritage Council Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Donna M. Neary.
Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the
country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.
"In addition to governments, the private sector – businesses, philanthropic groups, historical organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens – also have a crucial role to play. Public-private partnerships are
already supporting excellent preservation work throughout our country, and they'll be vital to preserving our
national treasures in the years ahead," said Mrs. Bush.
For further information on the Preserve America initiative go to: www.preserveamerica.gov
For local information contact: Carolyn Marksberry, Warsaw City Clerk, at (859) 567-5900.
For further information contact: Deborah Knight, HUD Louisville Office Public Affairs Coordinator, at (502) 618-8129 or Diane Comer, Kentucky Heritage Council Public Information Contact, at (502) 564-7005, ext 120.