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Main Street honored in Nashville

Main Street honored in Nashville
Main Street Union City was recently awarded certification through the Tennessee Main Street Program at the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville. (See related photo, Page 12.)
“The Tennessee Main Street program helps communities across the state become even better places to live and work,” said Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, who made the announcement. “I applaud Main Street Union City on recognizing the importance of downtown revitalization and the new opportunities and jobs it can bring as a result.”
Main Street Union City executive director Phyllis Rauchle said it was very exciting to see city and county neighbors, coworkers, state officials and other stakeholders get inspired to make positive change happen.
“I was honored to accept Main Street Union City’s state certification on behalf of our board, downtown merchants and Main Street members,” she said. “We all have strong emotional, social and civic connections and are motivated to make a difference.”
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. 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.
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.
Published in The Messenger 10.3.11

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