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SUMMER ACTIVITIES HAVE ARRIVED ON TENNESSEE'S MAIN STREETS

May 27, 2010

Main Street Program Touts Special Events, Farmer’s Markets to Promote Historic Downtowns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the arrival of warm weather, Tennessee Main Street communities across the state are breaking out the fireworks and hauling in the local produce. Tennessee Main Street Programs are hosting multiple summer events and farmer’s markets to support the downtown districts of communities across the state.

"The importance of downtown revitalization in Tennessee historic communities cannot be overstated," ECD Commissioner Matt Kisber said. "The downtown district is truly the heart of a community. Summertime events are a fun and effective way to remind people that shopping locally and investing in their downtown establishments is an important way they can support their local economies."

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.

"Summer is a wonderful time to celebrate communities' traditional commercial districts,” said Kimberly Nyberg, ECD Main Street director. “Revitalized historic downtowns are the lifeblood of Tennessee's communities, both culturally and economically. Warm weather events and farmer’s markets provide an opportunity for residents to come together and enjoy the local businesses and public spaces that make a community truly unique."

The Main Street program provides 23 certified Tennessee 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.

Tennessee’s Main Street communities are: Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Morristown, Murfreesboro, Rogersville, Savannah, Tiptonville and Union City.

Summer Main Street events throughout the state are included in an attached PDF, and for more detailed information, please visit: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/whatsnew/.

About the Tennessee Main Street Program

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 their downtown district. For more information on the Tennessee Main Street Program, visit the ECD Web site at www.tn.gov/ecd.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.