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State launches program to help downtowns

Published On: Apr 30 2013 06:41:39 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2013 04:25:27 PM CDT

State officials say a program that aims to revitalize downtown commercial districts in communities across Tennessee generated more than $82 million in private and public investment last year.           

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released on Monday statistics from its Main Street program, which includes 24 towns and cities in the state.           

The department says 604 jobs were generated and 107 new businesses sprang up in the 24 communities in 2012.           

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the program focuses on revitalizing downtown commercial districts by providing jobs and growing the tax base.           

Tennessee's Main Street program communities are Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Leiper's Fork, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Morristown, Rogersville, Tiptonville, Savannah, Union City and Ripley.