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Community summits planned

Community summits planned

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 7:00 pm

Registration is now open for the Tennessee Main Street and Tennessee Downtowns Creative Community Summits to be held in September in Jackson, Franklin and Greeneville.
The summits are being sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and USDA Rural Development and will focus on innovative solutions and strategies to generate economic growth in rural communities.
The summits are free of charge, however seating is limited. To register for any of the three summits, go online to
“The Creative Community Summits are a direct response to needs identified during our recent rural development roundtables held across the state,” state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty said. “By leveraging the natural assets of our rural communities and helping prepare our rural areas for competing in today’s global economy, we will lay the ground work for future economic growth.”
The Creative Community Summits will be held in three locations across the state:
• At The Ned in Jackson on Sept. 25.
• At The Franklin Theatre in Franklin on Sept. 26.
• At The Niswonger Performance Arts Center in Greeneville on Sept. 27.
The day-long summits will include interactive presentations, educational sessions, networking opportunities and access to resources across the state that will encourage businesses and communities to refocus and improve their marketing strategies and turn their business or marketplace into a destination.
Topics include “Growing Destination Businesses” with nationally recognized speaker Jon Schallert and “Cultivating Local Heritage Tourism, Arts, Culture and Agriculture to Jump Start a Rural Economy” presented by the National Trust Main Street Center Senior Program Officers Kathy LaPlante and Norma Ramirez de Miess.
“The summits are an excellent opportunity for stakeholders, business leaders and community partners to hear from national experts on what is working for similar communities across the country and learn what communities can do in their own backyards to encourage economic development and growth,” Dan Hawk, ECD Rural Development director, said.
Lunch is included for the first 200 registrants at each location. Additional lunch tickets may be purchased once the 200 capacity is met.
For more information or to register to attend one of the Creative Community Summits, visit


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