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Tourism enhancement grants awarded to 14 municipalities

Princess Theater South Pittsburg
Renovations to the Princess Theatre in South Pittsburg are among the projects being financed through Tourism Enhancement grants.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced 13 cities will be among the 29 recipients of more than $2.22 million in Tourism Enhancement grants. 

Tennessee’s Tourism Enhancement Grants support cities and counties seeking to invest in their local tourism assets, lift visitation and increase economic impact. Eligible projects include stages, signage, historic preservation, ADA compliancy and other improvements to local attractions and venues. 

“We’ve seen first-hand how tourism can transform communities,” added Commissioner Mark Ezell, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Tourism development is economic development, and these investments are essential to Governor Lee’s mission to expand opportunity for rural Tennesseans.” 

The municipalities of Bell Buckle, Bolivar, Columbia, Dandridge, Dyersburg, Johnson City, Kingsport, Martin, Maryville, Monterey, Sevierville, Smithville, South Pittsburg, and Tracy City joined 15 counties in receiving funds.  

“Tourism is vital for the growth and sustainability of communities throughout Tennessee, especially in our rural communities,” said Melanie Beauchamp, Assistant Commissioner of Rural Tourism and Outreach, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “These projects create opportunities for visitors, enhance the quality of life for residents and ultimately, bring more funds back into the communities.” 

Grants of $100,000 were awarded to Columbia, Dandridge, Dyersburg, Kingsport, Maryville, Monterey, and Sevierville while South Pittsburg received $90,000. Tracy City received $88,350, Smithville received $75,000; Martin received $67,720, Bell Buckle received $35,000, Bolivar received $28,500, and Johnson City received $15,000.  

The list of awardees follows, with a full list of projects here