Tennessee Preservation Trust

Tennessee Main Street:

Tennessee’s Main Street Program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown or central business districts, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings, and expanding parking. It is a locally driven program, which has earned national recognition as a practical strategy scaled to a community’s local resources and conditions. Tennessee’s Main Street Program joined the National Main Street Center in the middle 1980s. Since then, more than 24 communities have become certified Main Street Communities.

The Tennessee Main Street Program requires certified Tennessee Main Street organizations to meet National Accreditation standards annually which include broad-based community support for the program, a comprehensive work plan, a sufficient operating budget and adequate staff and volunteer support. The Main Street movement continues to grow in Tennessee and provides technical assistance and guidance for long-term strategies to all 24 certified Main Street Communities across the state. Each certified program continues to report sound reinvestment statistics and solid results.

Visit Tennessee’s Main Street Program for more information on Main Streets, how to establish a Main Street Program in your community, the benefits of Downtown Revitalization, reinvestment statistics, and more.

Also visit the Main Street Center for information on the history of the Main Street Program, how being a Main Street Community enhances a community’s quality of life and revitalizes downtowns.

The Main Street Program is active in these Tennessee cities: