COVINGTON, Ky. — A group that revitalizes downtown Covington has been honored with a 2017 Great American Main Street Award.

Renaissance Covington was one of three communities bestowed the award from the National Main Street Center, Inc.

A release from the Kentucky Heritage Council says since 2010, more than 40 new businesses have opened in formerly vacant storefronts, and since 2003, vacancy rates have dropped from 26 percent to five percent.

“Covington is a true standout and we are thrilled that their outstanding program has been recognized by the National Main Street Center,” said Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council’s executive director.

The other areas honored with the Main Street award were Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants and Business Association in New Orleans and West Chester Business Improvement District in Pennsylvania.

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