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Tonight’s tree lighting in downtown UC a Main Street event

Tonight’s tree lighting in downtown UC a Main Street event

Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 9:09 pm

 With the arrival of the holidays, Tennessee Main Street communities across the state are hanging their garland and dusting off their tree-toppers. Tennessee Main Street Pro-grams are hosting multiple holiday events to support the downtown districts of communities across the state. Among them is tonight’s Community Christmas tree lighting ceremony set for 5:30, sponsored by Main Street-Union City. The yearly lighting of the Christmas tree will held in downtown Union City in front of the Obion County Courthouse, officially kicking off the holiday season. Children from all schools in Obion County have made ornaments and the winners will hang their ornaments on the 40-foot tall tree. Christmas music will be performed by Obion County Children’s Chorus and Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids and Voices of UCES. Joe Ward will emcee the program and Sacchi Doss will light the tree. “Main Street Program holiday celebrations are an important part of community-building,” said Kimberly Nyberg, ECD Main Street director. “Many of our historic downtowns have an assortment of specialty goods and services, from candy stores to that one-of-a-kind art piece. I encourage you to spend your dollars locally and support your downtown merchants and businesses this holiday season.” “I salute the Tennessee Main Street Program for recognizing the importance of working with their local partners. This year, more so than ever, it’s important to buy from local businesses, since they put more back into the local economy than national businesses,” said Lauren Adkins, assistant director of Field Services for the National Trust Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Main Street revitalization is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help economic strategy that also focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enhance community livability and job creation, while maintaining the historic character of the district. “Downtown revitalization is an important, often unsung, factor in economic development,” said ECD Commissioner Matt Kisber. “The Tennessee Main Street Program brings the focus back to businesses and neighborhoods at the heart of a community. The holiday festivals give citizens a chance to support their historic downtown districts as they celebrate the season.” Tennessee’s Main Street program provides communities with technical assistance and guidance in developing long-term strategies that promote economic growth and development. The program provides information and assistance in forging public networking and training opportunities for downtown commercial districts. More information about holiday Main Street events throughout the state may be found online at http://www.state.tn.us/ecd/whatsnew/. Published in The Messenger 12.1.08

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