Savannah, TN - Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced in October that 21 Main Street/Green Street Innovation Grants have been awarded to “green” and sustainable projects in downtown communities across the state. A complete list of communities and project descriptions follows.
“These innovative ‘green’ projects showcase our Tennessee downtown communities’ commitment to environmental and downtown revitalization efforts and allow them to lead by example,” said Commissioner Kisber. “The Main Street/Green Street proposed projects will not only enhance and improve individual downtown communities, but they also support the state’s efforts to advance sustainability and economic development across Tennessee.”
Certified Tennessee Main Street Programs were eligible to apply for a reimbursable $5,000 grant from ECD’s Main Street Green/Street Innovation Grant program to develop or continue innovative projects within their community’s downtown that illustrate tangible results through “green” and sustainable activities. Projects are required to utilize Main Street principles and follow the “Main Street Four-Point Approach to Downtown Revitalizationtm.”
Communities submitted proposals in one of the following three categories:
“Each of the selected projects presented concrete plans to establish or improve conservation efforts in their downtown community while utilizing the Main Street principals,” said Rick Meredith, assistant commissioner for Community Development at ECD. “We are eager to see the projects be put to action and the benefits they will bring to downtown and central business districts across the state.”
Among the communtiy selected statewide, Savannah was selected to receive $5,000 to promote Green Street downtown projects, promotions and events. The grant is expected to fund website development and technical supportfor 5 years as community leaders become acquainted with the new interface.
According to Judy Flanagan, director of Savannah Main Street, the website will not only help promote the downtown and historic districts, but encourage people to come and enjoy its "green" spaces.
"More people are using the downtown venue because it's so pleasing to walk" on the new sidewalks there and in the historic district, sit on the new benches and enjoy the scenery, she said.
Flanagan said city officials have already heard several proposals from website designers and a selection should be made this month.