Program spotlights downtowns

Program spotlights downtowns

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:00 pm

The Tennessee Depart-ment of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for communities seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts.
The program is open to communities with downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and whose citizens are ready to organize efforts for downtown revitalization.
Applications are available online at www.tennesseemainstreet.org and must be completed by Nov. 1.
“A healthy downtown historic district is a sign of a vibrant local economy,” state Commission of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty said. “Making our downtowns even better places to live and work can pay dividends in terms of attracting new jobs and investment.”
Tennessee Downtowns is a tiered program affiliated with the state department’s Tennessee Main Street Program.Communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns will form a volunteer committee of local citizens who will participate in an 18-month training curriculum supported by the National Main Street Center.
Downtown revitalization is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help economic strategy that also focuses on developing public-private partnerships.
To apply for the Tennessee Downtowns program or for more information, visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org.
For questions about the program, contact Amy New at (615) 253-1948 or online at Amy.New@tn.gov.

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