Greenfield gets nod for grant
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 pm
Greenfield has been chosen as one of six communities to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns program.
“We’re very excited about this,” Greenfield Mayor Cindy McAdams said Friday. “This is a big step for Greenfield.”
The state Department of Economic and Community Development says the six 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.
Other communities selected were Clifton, Portland, Tracy City, Waynesboro and White Bluff. All the communities are 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.
McAdams noted the $15,000 is not in city coffers yet but is expected to come in about 15 months.
She said the city is considering giving local businesses $1,000 each, which the businesses would then match with their own funds to use towards revitalizing store fronts.
McAdams credited Shane Johnson of the Greenfield Advancement Association for his “very hard” work throughout the in-depth and sometimes tedious application process.
“We’re just thankful we got it,” McAdams said. “We think that now we’ve got our foot in the door, and we can go from here.” Published in The WCP 2.12.13