Strongest Town 2022, Round 2: Frankfort, KY vs. Yellow Springs, OH


Frankfort has a thriving small, locally owned business environment. In the downtown business district in 2021, there was over $120 million in planned, ongoing, or completed downtown investment projects. These projects range from bourbon tourism centered business ventures, to local retail shops, boutique hotels, and restaurants and bars. The City of Frankfort has been a key player in this downtown investment initiative, by supplying grant funds through downtown reinvestment grants. This project, a proposed boutique bourbon-themed hotel, was a recipient of a City of Frankfort Downtown Reinvestment Grant, which has helped rehabilitate this historic building into a vibrant part of the Main Street corridor. 

Complimenting the bourbon tourism aspect of this new business is the Come Find Bourbon marker, located on the corner of Main Street next to this building. This marker demonstrates Frankfort’s position as the heart of the Bluegrass State, being centrally located to Kentucky’s biggest industry: bourbon distilling. Frankfort is home to several major bourbon distilleries, and is also centrally located on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a tour of 18 iconic bourbon distilleries in the Bluegrass region. Proximity to these important bourbon attractions. It’s a popular selfie spot for visitors, and a visual representation of Frankfort’s bourbon tourism industry.

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