*Main Streets* bring jobs, fame and fortune to quaint Tennessee downtowns

Photo courtesy of Main Street Greenville

Tennessee’s Main Streets are proving to be a vital part of the state’s economic and cultural identity generating  $82.7 million and creating 604 new jobs and 107 businesses last year.

Tennessee Main Street Community Development Program Director Todd Morgan said the annual Economic Impact and Reinvestment statistics make a strong statement about the economic activity occurring within the state’s Main Street program districts.

“New jobs, businesses and investment, along with an impressive number of volunteer work hours, prove this community-based approach to downtown revitalization is hard at work,” he said.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said the Main Street program facilitates focused revitalization in downtown commercial districts by providing jobs, growing the tax base and reinforcing Tennessee’s competitive edge among Southeastern states.

“Continued growth and sustainability at a local level contributes to Tennessee’s overall livability and can greatly factor into a company’s relocation or expansion decision,” he said.

Other reinvestment statistics from the Main Street communities include:

Building rehabilitation projects: 217

Public improvement projects: 304

Net new housing units: 273

Volunteer hours contributed: 117,253 (up 13 percent from 2011)

The 24 certified Main Street program communities are: Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Leiper’s Fork, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Morristown, Rogersville, Tiptonville, Savannah, Union City and Ripley.

Governor’s Office news release

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