6 communities in Tennessee Downtowns program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State economic development officials have chosen six communities to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns program.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development said Wednesday that the communities of Clifton, Greenfield, Portland, Tracy City, Waynesboro and White Bluff have been chosen for the program.

The six communities are each home to downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago. The selection process was based on criteria including historic resources, economic and physical need and probability of success.

The department says the communities will each form a committee of citizens for training about sustainable downtown revitalization and historic preservation.

The training includes webinars, workshops and a $15,000 reimbursable grant to complete individualized downtown development projects.


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