Athens Kingsport
Bolivar Lawrenceburg
Bristol Lebanon
Brownsville McKenzie
Cleveland McMinnville
Collierville Morristown
Columbia Murfreesboro
Cookeville Pulaski
Dayton Ripley
Dyersburg Rogersville
Fayetteville Savannah
Franklin Sevierville
Gallatin Sweetwater
Greeneville Tiptonville
Jackson Union City
Jonesborough Winchester
Mainstreet Trail
National Main Street

Economic Impact/ 2015 Reinvestment Statistics
(23 programs reporting-activity represents the downtown districts only)
Net New Jobs: 737
Net New Businesses: 254
Building Rehabilitation Projects: 290
Public Improvement Projects: 189
New Construction Projects: 60
Average Organizational Budget: $137,417
Number of Volunteer Hours: 94,837
Private Investment: $51,643,924
Public Investment: $19,861,488
Total Investment: $71,505,412

Celina Mount Pleasant
Erwin Monterey
Martin Paris
Milan Sweetwater
Jefferson Ciy Selmer

Athens Brownsville
Centerville Lewisburg
Linden McKenzie
Mountain City Henderson
Pikesville Red Boiling Springs
Rockwood Smithville

Clifton Tracy City
Greenfield Waynesboro
Portland White Bluff

Arlington Etowah
Carthage Jamestown
Ducktown Shelbyville

Ashland City Lenoir City
Crossville Livingston
Dickson Lynchburg
Gainesboro Manchester
Hohenwald Wartburg
Humboldt Woodbury

Think about the heart of your community, the traditional business district where it all got started many years ago. The street running through the center may actually be named “Main Street” or it may be named something else entirely. Regardless of the name it is easy to recognize that this place is special and unique. The buildings, the stories, the people ... all of these elements combine to form a unique place rich with character. We often refer to this place as “main street” or “downtown”. It is the representative physical heart of your community.

But the phrase “main street” has also been used to describe everything from our national nostalgic past to trending economic issues. When the Tennessee Main Street® Program talks about “main street”, we are referring to Main Street® (notice the trademark), the nationally recognized downtown revitalization movement started several decades ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and now administered by the National Main Street Center. This movement is comprised of communities and neighborhoods across America working to revitalize their local traditional business districts by leveraging assets they often already have - from historic, cultural and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of  issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts.

We invite you to learn more about the Main Street Approach®, the Tennessee Main Street® Program and its affiliated Tennessee Downtowns program, and the many wonderful places across our state working to keep the heart of their communities vibrant and fun places to live, work and play. Welcome to Main Street® - great places at the heart!

The Tennessee Main Street® (TMS) Program serves as a statewide resource for communities seeking to revitalize and manage their traditional downtowns.  It was established by legislature to assist these communities with their economic development and revitalization efforts.  Although TMS serves as a general information source in this capacity, hands-on technical services (including training and research) are typically delivered to local programs that have achieved designation through a structured application process and maintain designation annually by meeting program requirements and submitting an annual report.  TMS designated communities have a non-profit organization specifically focused on downtown revitalization and are effectively applying the National Main Street Center’s comprehensive Four-Point Approach®. 


Local organizations meeting the Tennessee Main Street® program requirements are awarded designation at the state level. There is also an opportunity to receive accreditation from the National Main Street Center based upon their Standards of Performance for Recognition. All Tennessee Main Street® designated programs are expected to meet these standards annually. However, designation by the Tennessee Main Street® Program does not guarantee accreditation by the National Main Street Center.  If TMS determines that the standards have been met, it will make a recommendation to the national program.  If for any reason they cannot be met, TMS will continue to work with the local program to achieve this goal for a specified period of time. Meeting the standards demonstrates the following:

New programs seeking designation for the first time must:


There are many benefits to establishing a designated Main Street® program in your community. They start at the national level through affiliation with the National Main Street Center.  This respected, proven nationwide program provides resources, training and technical assistance through coordinating statewide programs (such as TMS).  The National Main Street Conference is an annual event that offers additional educational and networking opportunities focusing on downtown development.  Designated Tennessee Main Street programs receive on-site technical assistance, participate in quarterly training meetings and have access to online training, grant opportunities and special programs such as the Great American Main Street Awards.  Communities benefit from a structured approach with professional management and annual reporting, so progress can be monitored, communicated and celebrated.

Tennessee Downtowns is an affiliated program of Tennessee Main Street and was designed to help communities fully understand what it takes to embark on a comprehensive revitalization effort for their downtown.  Using the proven National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization, this 24-month program coaches selected downtowns and their steering committees through the steps of launching an effective revitalization effort.  Space in this program is limited and highly competitive. Program activities include training, site visits, regional workshops, webinars, technical assistance and an innovation project grant.

To participate in Tennessee Downtowns, communities must:

Nancy Williams
Community Development Program Director
Tennessee Main Street® | Tennessee Downtowns
Telephone:615-806-3185  |

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 26th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

This first big step for any community seeking to start a local Main Street® program or considering application to Tennessee Downtowns is to begin building support for a commercial district revitalization program:



There are many other steps you can take as well and more are outlined on Of course the really big step is to apply to participate in one of our programs.  Request an application packet for either the Tennessee Main Street® Program or Tennessee Downtowns.  Both applications are quite extensive, but it is a valuable exercise in learning about your community, what needs to be done first, and how to plan for future program development. 

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Believe in Bristol Main Street Cleveland Main Street Collierville Columbia Main Street CityScape/Cookeville Crossroads Partnership/City of Morristown Dandridge Community Trust Main Street Dayton Main Street Dyersburg Fayetteville Main Street Downtown Franklin Association Greater Gallatin Main Street Greeneville, Inc. Tiptonville Main Street Savannah Main Street Rogersville Main Street Downtown Ripley Downtown Murfreesboro Main Street Mcminnville Main Street Union City Leiper's Fork Main Street Lawrenceburg Downtown Kingsport Association Jackson Downtown Development