Elizabethton mulls potential of joining Main Street Program


Could Elizabethton soon be down on “Main Street?” 

Officials are mulling the potential of joining the state’s Main Street Program to help revitalize the city’s downtown area.  

City Planning and Development Director Jon Hartman says a recent meeting held with the community went well and that several questions were raised about the program.  

Hartman says officials are mulling the opportunities and how to organize the structure of the program.  

The city could be one of five regional communities to receive Tennessee Main Street Community Status.  

Communities in the region include Bristol, Greeneville, Jonesborough, Kingsport and Morristown.  

The National Main Street Program started in 1980 to address issues in older and historic downtown areas.  

The program has grown to help over 1,600 communities and neighborhoods, nationwide, by using a four-point approach to focus on economic vitality, design, promotion and organization.  

Hartman says officials will spend the holiday time to discuss the process of potentially joining. He adds that if the city moves forward, it would have to be go before City Council for approval. 

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