NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Thursday that Jamestown is one of six Tennessee towns selected for the fourth round of the Tennessee Downtowns program.
Jamestown joins Arlington, Carthage, Ducktown, Etowah and Shelbyville as cities selected for the competitive program, which is aimed at helping cities and counties revitalize traditional commercial districts.
“These six communities new to the Tennessee Downtowns program are looking to the future of their historic downtowns, and we look forward to working with them on their revitalization efforts,” Tennessee Main Street Director Nancy Williams said.
Tennessee Downtowns is a tiered program affiliated with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Tennessee Main Street Program. Communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns will form a volunteer committee of local citizens who will participate in a two-year training curriculum supported by the National Main Street Center. The curriculum is designed to teach citizens about comprehensive, sustainable downtown revitalization and historic preservation. The training includes webinars, workshops and a $15,000 reimbursable grant to complete individualized downtown development projects.
The six selected communities are each home to downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and have demonstrated their readiness to organize efforts for downtown revitalization based on the successful “Main Street Four-Point Approach to Downtown Revitalization.” The highly competitive selection process was based on five core criteria: historic resources, need (economic and physical), demonstrated local effort, overall presentation and probability of success.
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.
Tennessee Main Street provides technical assistance and guidance for communities in developing common sense solutions to make downtowns safe, appealing, vibrant places where folks want to shop, live and make memories. For more information about Tennessee Downtowns, visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org.
In a statement, state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, said he was delighted to learn of Jamestown's selection to the Tennessee Downtowns program.
"The successful completion of this program will result in a revitalization of the historic downtown area and a grant to finance the local committee's revitalization recommendations," Yager said. "My hat's off to the Jamestown leadership who stepped up to the plate to make the competitive application and who are willing to support downtown development."