45 Tennessee communities are part of the downtown revitalization program

Nashville – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter announced today that Halls and Lewisburg have achieved Tennessee Main Street accreditation.

Cookeville, Livingston and Mcminnville in the Upper Cumberland are also Tennessee Main Street communities that are accredited through the state program and Main Street America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“The Tennessee Main Street program is an essential component of our rural and community development efforts across the state,” said Commissioner McWhorter. “Tennessee’s communities are recognized by their thriving downtown districts.”

The Main Street Program provides training, technical support and grant opportunities to assist in downtown revitalization efforts. The program will focus on historic preservation, community events and economic vitality. 

“… We are excited to welcome each community into the Main Street America network,” Tennessee Main Street Program Director Nancy Williams said. 

The Tennessee Main Street Program requires communities to illustrate a commitment from local government and other local organizations, an adequate organizational budget, plans to increase the economic vitality of their downtown, a strong historic preservation ethic, a collection of historic commercial buildings and a walkable district.

Accredited Tennessee Main Street communities are spread across the state and include Athens, Bolivar, Bristol, Brownsville, Centerville, Cleveland, Clifton, Clinton, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dayton, Dyersburg, Elizabethton, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Humboldt, Jackson, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Livingston, Madisonville, Maryville, McKenzie, McMinnville, Morristown, Mount Pleasant, Murfreesboro, Paris, Pulaski, Ripley, Rogersville, Savannah, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Tiptonville, Union City and Winchester.

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