Summertime is almost here, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for Tennessee Main Street communities to take center stage and welcome both locals and visitors alike. Tennessee Main Street Programs are hosting multiple summer events and farmers’ markets to support historic downtown business districts across the state.
“Historic downtown districts are an important part of what makes Tennessee truly unique. “These communities highlight the significant role vibrant commercial districts play in creating jobs, attracting visitors and keeping our economy strong,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said.
“Our historic downtowns make great venues for a variety of activities. “Tennessee Main Street communities especially know how to connect people with places through events. This results in experiences that are unique, fun and memorable for everyone,” Tennessee Main Street Director Todd Morgan said.
A complete listing of Main Street summer events can be found at: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/pdf/NewsReleases/SummerEvents2013.pdf.
Tennessee Main Street provides technical assistance and guidance for communities in developing common sense solutions to make downtowns safe, appealing, vibrant places where folks want to shop, live and make memories.
In 2012, certified Main Street communities generated more than $82 million of public/private investment and created 604 new jobs.
There are currently 25 certified Main Street communities across Tennessee: Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Jonesborough, Leiper’s Fork, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Morristown, Ripley, Rogersville, Tiptonville, Savannah, and Union City.