Halls, Lewisburg become Tennessee Main Street communities
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter announced that Halls and Lewisburg have achieved Tennessee Main Street accreditation.
Lewisburg, the county seat of Marshall County in Middle Tennessee, and Halls, a community in Lauderdale County in West Tennessee, join 43 other 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, and we are proud to partner with the leaders in Halls and Lewisburg as they invest in the tools needed for sustainable revitalization.”
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.
“Halls and Lewisburg are two communities that have successfully participated in the Tennessee Downtowns program, and 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.