Danville, Kentucky’s Main Street, located in the heart of the Bluegrass state, deserves to be named the next “America’s Main Streets” winner because of its deep roots in history and its continued work in downtown development. Known as the birthplace of the Commonwealth, the history of Danville’s Main Street includes many firsts: Courthouse in Kentucky (1785), Capital of Kentucky (1785), Political Club in the West (1786), U.S. Post Office west of the Alleghenies (1792), college in the West (1783), law school in the West (1799), and the first state-supported School for the Deaf (1823). In 1809, Danville's own Dr. Ephraim McDowell became the first physician in the world to successfully remove an ovarian tumor. In 2001, Danville was the first Kentucky Main Street to be awarded the Great American Main Street Award. Danville’s Historic Downtown District has seen incredible growth in the last few decades. In 2016, the district saw an increase of 8 new businesses, an expansion of 3 downtown businesses and the addition of 110 new jobs. There was a 13% increase in private investments in 2016, totaling $11.4 million. Since 1990 downtown Danville has seen 163 major rehabilitation projects and 106 façade renovations. Downtown development does not stop at Danville’s built history. In recent years community members have worked together to create the award-winning Soul of Second Street Festival which celebrates Danville’s diverse past by honoring the historic African-American Business District. Downtown Danville also hosts the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Kentucky State BBQ Festival, and has hosted 2 Vice-Presidential debates. In total, downtown events have an estimated economic impact of $4 million on the community. Winning this contest would take Danville to the next level and help us make our historic downtown more welcoming, pedestrian friendly and vibrant.