Boyd promoted to Main Street director

Published 11:22 am Saturday, May 1, 2021


Sun Reporter

Rachael Boyd is Winchester’s new Main Street director.

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She was promoted from administrative assistant to director of Main Street Winchester, an accredited downtown revitalization program affiliated with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the National Main Street Center. She had been serving as part-time interim director during the past year, and the board chose from among multiple candidates for the full-time position. Her promotion was announced by Mayor Ed Burtner during the April 20 meeting of the Winchester Board of Commissioners.

“I’m grateful to be a part of this community, and I’m excited to serve our downtown Main Street community in a new way,” Boyd said after the meeting.

Boyd attended Centenary College of Louisiana and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in theater. She has worked as an actress for nearly 20 years and as a writer, director and producer for almost five years. She worked five years for the Shreve Memorial Library system in Shreveport, Louisiana, for five years, and when she and her husband, Michael, moved to Central Kentucky in October 2016, she worked for the Lexington Public Library before working in Winchester.

Main Street Winchester, formerly Winchester First, is one of the oldest Kentucky Main Street programs. It was established in 1979 and recently earned its accreditation again.

Last year, some of Main Street Winchester’s programs, including the Beer Cheese Festival, were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there are plans this year to bring back Rock the Block and other events. Its 2015 master plan, funded by the Clark County Community Foundation, includes creating a downtown reinvestment fund and a tax increment financing district, a facades grant program and enhanced marketing of downtown.

“Downtown is the heart of every community and we are judged by how well we take care of those places,” Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street Program coordinator, said in a recent statement to The Winchester Sun.

Also during the April 20 city commission meeting, officials:

– accepted the resignation of Sherry Richardson of Howard’s Overhead Doors from the Main Street Winchester board.

– approved a request by Boyd to close Main Street from Washington Street to Broadway on June 11, July 9 and Aug. 6 for Rock the Block.