Main Street Union City recognized by state
Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 9:05 pm
“I applaud Main Street Union City on recognizing the importance of downtown revitalization and the new industries and jobs it can bring as a result,” Kisber said. “Union City is joining the ranks of many great cities and towns across the state dedicated to preserving the businesses and neighborhoods at the heart of their communities.”
The Tennessee Main Street Program is a comprehensive revitalization program designed to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in Tennessee. The Tennessee Main Street Program serves as a coordinating partner with the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Kathy La Plante, Main Street Program officer at the National Trust Main Street Center, joined the communities at the certification ceremony held during the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development. There are currently 24 Main Street organizations in Tennessee, joining more than 2,000 communities nationwide that have been accredited by the National Main Street Center.
ECD provides these communities with technical assistance and expertise in developing long-term strategies that promote economic growth and development, focusing on revitalization through the context of historic preservation. The department also helps communities forge public-networking and training opportunities for their downtown commercial districts.
“On behalf of ECD, it is my pleasure to celebrate with Union City on this significant accomplishment,” ECD Assistant Commissioner of Community Development Rick Meredith said. “This demonstration of Main Street Union City’s commitment to economic development and historic preservation is indicative of successes to come. We are proud of the work they have put into becoming a member of the Tennessee Main Street Program.”
Published in The Messenger 9.30.10