Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cookeville Gets "Main Street" Grant

Cookeville's CityScape program has been awarded $15,000 in what's called a "Main Street" Innovation grant. The money will reportedly be used for website development and downtown publications. Cookeville is one of 22 Main Street programs across the state to receive the funding through the Department of Economic Development. Tennessee has participated as a coordinating partner in the National Main Street Program since 1983. The program requires communities to meet requirements before becoming certified, including broad-based support for downtown revitalization through local citizens and government involvement, financial commitment, organizational structure, potential, previous history of downtown activities and a comprehensive understanding of the Main Street "Approach to Revitalization."