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Main Street/Green Street innovation grants awarded

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Main Street/Green Street Innovation Grants have been awarded to 21 "green" and sustainable projects in downtown communities across the state, Matt Kisber, Economic and Community Development Commissioner, said Tuesday. 

"These innovative 'green' projects showcase our Tennessee downtown communities' commitment to environmental and downtown revitalization efforts and allow them to lead by example," said Kisber.  "The Main Street/Green Street proposed projects will not only enhance and improve individual downtown communities, but they also support the state's efforts to advance sustainability and economic development across Tennessee."

Certified Tennessee Main Street Programs were eligible to apply for a reimbursable $5,000 grant from ECD's Main Street Green/Street Innovation Grant program to develop or continue innovative projects within their community's downtown that illustrate tangible results through "green" and sustainable activities.
Communities submitted proposals in one of the following three categories:

Sustainable design for downtown - Streetscape and property upgrades that encourage "green" design.
Marketing and technology - Marketing and technology that encourages "green initiatives."
Local business - Tangible projects that encourage local enterprise.

Ten certified Tennessee Main Street Programs were awarded an additional $1,000 in grant monies for participating in the Tennessee Main Street Mentor Program.  The Main Street Mentors will share best practices, offer advice and provide assistance to communities participating in ECD's Tennessee Downtowns, a program focused on helping communities fully understand what it takes to embark on a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort.

The following Certified Tennessee Main Street Programs and projects were selected for the Main Street/Green Street Innovation Grant program:

Believe in Bristol
 Recycling signage and promotion, cans and supplies.

Main Street Cleveland*
 The addition of trees and shrubs, trash receptacles, bike racks and website redesign for downtown.  
Main Street Collierville*
 Design, installation and marketing of website for downtown; bike racks.  
Columbia Main Street
 Main Street heritage walking trail brochures, bronze medallions and promotional pedometers.
 Alleyway improvement for a pocket park or for green space development. Services would include new piping, rock backfill and asphalt.
Dandridge Community - A Main Street Program*
 Shop Local brochures, refurbish benches and rain barrels for revolutionary era graveyard garden.
Main Street Dayton
 Billboard, posters and advertisement for downtown buy-local shopping campaign.
Fayetteville Main Street
 The addition of recycle containers; buy-local business website.
Main Street Dyersburg
 Advertisements with billboards and posters to promote downtown businesses.
Downtown Franklin Association*
 Interactive website and bike racks for downtown.
Greater Gallatin*
 Renovate Palace Theater marquee with new wiring, sockets, rotating device and neon lettering.  
Main Street Greeneville*
 Promote walkability, add links to website encouraging local enterprise and promote buy-local campaigns.
Jackson Downtown Development Co
 Landscaping, painting and pouring concrete to support local green initiative. Prepare area to be used as outdoor picnic and stage area.
Johnson City Development Authority*
 Johnson City
 Development of architectural stabilization plans, energy efficiency and restoration of CC&O Depot.  
Downtown Kingsport Association
 Energy efficient heating and cooling unit to be installed in downtown building.

Crossroads Partnership/Morristown*
 Bike racks, recycling containers, crosswalk markers and message center.  
Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, Inc.
 Signage, promotional materials, tents and other needs for the weekly farmers' market.  
Rogersville Main Street*
 Shop local campaign, print materials to promote downtown and local businesses; installation of an energy efficient sprinkler system to maintain town square's trees and flowers.  
Savannah Main Street
 Website to promote Green Street downtown projects, promotions and events.
Tiptonville Main Street
 Repair windows to encourage "green" design; custom canvas awnings for downtown building energy efficiency.
Main Street Union City*
 Union City
 Installation of an irrigation system and landscaping for four islands in downtown.


*Denotes a Main Street Mentor to the Tennessee Downtowns communities.

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