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Tennessee Downtowns program launches in Mtn. City

Tennessee Main Street Program Director Kimberly Nyberg, National Trust Main Street Center Officer Kathy LaPlante and Bridgett Massengill, Massengill Consultants, recently conducted an initial assessment visit in Mountain City to launch the Tennessee Downtowns program. Mountain City is one of 12 communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts.
“The National Trust Main Street Center applauds Mountain City for embracing the revitalization of its downtown commercial district, and we look forward to hearing many success stories here and across the state as a result of Tennessee Downtowns,” said LaPlante.
Tennessee Downtowns is a tiered program affiliated with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Tennessee Main Street Program. Communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns are home to downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and have demonstrated their readiness to organize efforts for downtown revitalization based on the successful “Main Street Four-Point Approach to Downtown Revitalizationtm.”
“Tennessee Downtowns is a unique opportunity for Mountain City to take the initial steps toward revitalizing its downtown business district,” said Nyberg. “I would like to congratulate Mountain City again on being selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns and look forward to working with you in the coming months.”
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. For information about the Main Street Program and the Main Street Four Point Approachtm, visit
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.
For more information about Tennessee Downtowns, visit

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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