Donna Logsdon presented a speech entitled “Entrepreneurs Abound in the “Heart of it All” at the National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on May 2, 2017. She explained to participants how they could successfully attract entrepreneurs to their town and how various businesses can strengthen their community’s economic assets while diversifying its economic base. She told about how a diverse group of entrepreneurs decided to move to a small historic town in the heart of Kentucky, Campbellsville, to start their own businesses and explained how their personal experiences inspired them to develop their own business. Failures and triumphs were examined and the decisions the entrepreneurs faced regarding finding adequate space, the perfect location, financial security and a desire to make their passion a reality were revealed.
Donna Logsdon, Architect has over 35 years of experience in commercial and residential historic preservation projects. She has designed numerous historic building renovations, supervised construction projects, produced Historic Structures Reports, developed and implemented Historic Preservation Ordinances, conducted county-wide Historic Resource Surveys, conducted Oral Interviews, Transcribed Oral Interviews, prepared and presented National Register Nominations, successfully prepared and submitted State and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit applications, prepared Pre-Development Plans, administered Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Certified Local Government (CLG) grants and projects. She has written the following manuscripts: McCreary County Historic Resources and Folk Life Survey, 1995; Hart County Architecture, 1998; Danville and Boyle County, 1999; African American Heritage of Simpson County, 2001, Campbellsville/Taylor County Historic Sites Booklet, 2014; and has designed and produced “Kids Color Campbellsville,” a children’s coloring book and several recipes books with historical drawings. As Main Street Director for over 14 years in Campbellsville, Kentucky, she has coordinated the design and implementation of a multi-phase Master Streetscape Plan and Courthouse Square Plan with Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds she applied for and received and coordinated the successful completion of 20 Façade Grant projects using State funds.