Morristown, located in HamblenCounty, has joined the list of certified communities in the Tennessee Main Street Program, bringing the total to 23 Tennessee communities certified through the state program and accredited by the NationalMainStreetCenter, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Tennessee Main Street Program is part of the Community Development Division at ECD. It provides communities with technical assistance and guidance in developing long-term strategies that promote economic growth and development. The program provides information and assistance in forging public networking and training opportunities for downtown commercial districts.
Tennessee has participated as a coordinating partner in the National Main Street Program since 1983. The program requires communities to meet requirements before becoming certified, including broad-based support for downtown revitalization through local citizens and government involvement, financial commitment, organizational structure, potential, previous history of downtown activities and a comprehensive understanding of the Main Street "Approach to Revitalization."