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Main Street project gets ready to roll

Though there is still a lot of work to do, Jonesborough’s Main Street Program is making progress, according to Main Street Coordinator Melinda Copp.
Copp said the town’s Main Street Program, which began last May, is still in its beginning stages.
“We have met probably a half a dozen times,” she said of the board, which is made up of charter members. “We are starting to get our committees up and running.”
There are 26 communities in Tennessee that have achieved Tennessee Main Street certification. Copp said a Main Street managers’ meeting is held several times a year throughout the State of Tennessee, which includes speakers who discuss the four-point approach and issues related to the Main Street Program.
The Main Street Program, Copp said, is a great source of information. She said the program offers networking with others who are in the same position as Jonesborough, working together to better their downtowns.
“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” she said of the program. “They are more than happy to share with you and give you tips on what to do.”
The four-point approach to the Main Street Program includes organization and economic restructuring, program and design.
“If you pay attention to those four areas, you will have an active and prosperous downtown,” she said.
The Economic Reconstruction Committee has been started and the Promotion Committee is in the stages of meeting for the first time. The committees consist of some of the board members, as well as anyone else who would like to participate in the program and have a voice.
“If people are interested in getting involved, they can definitely contact me,” she said, referring to business owners and community members. Those interested can call 791-3819.
The program has also started to develop some marketing materials to showcase what properties are available in downtown Jonesborough. Copp said they want to fill the six properties that are available right now with the right mix of businesses and restaurants.
The Main Street Program is also having discussions about getting their membership going.
Copp said they hope to have a membership drive in the fall.
Once the drive begins, she said, they will fully elect members and start moving forward with the program.