Main Street: Greeneville Receives National Accreditation

May 27, 2021


Greeneville, TN (May 26, 2021) – Main Street: Greeneville, Inc. has been designated as an accredited Main Street™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 889 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During an incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to drive impressive local recovery efforts, champion small businesses, and foster vibrant downtown districts. I am inspired by their hard work and confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their downtowns flourish in the next stages of recovery.”

In 2020, Main Street America programs generated $4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings, and clocked 983,702 volunteer hours.

The Main Street: Greeneville, Inc.’s performance is annually evaluated by the Tennessee Main Street Program, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

Statistics related to the revitalization movement within the eighteen blocks of the Main Street District in 2020 produced thirty-two building rehabilitation projects, fourteen public improvement projects with a combined total investment value of $4,628,732. Main Street Greeneville’s second $100,000 CDBG Commercial Façade Grant awarded by TNECD included two properties on the 100 block of South Main Street and one on the corner of West Depot and Cutler Streets. Volunteer hours and special event attendance while down by two-thirds from the previous year still showed that visitation to the community was viable as was evidenced by attendance to Lyrics on the Lawn Summer Outdoor Concert Series. Sarah Webster, president of Main Street: Greeneville, Inc. had this to say about 2020. “Without a doubt 2020 was a difficult year for any programs with volunteer support. Some of the programs/events of Main Street: Greeneville had to be canceled. Others were continued with appropriate modifications. Lyrics on the Lawn concerts were welcome outings for people who had been in quarantine. Downtown flowers were planted – a cherry reminder of “normal times”. Facades of buildings in the Main Street District have been redone with Main Street assistance. Main Street: Greeneville has been there and been a light in a difficult time.”

The organization is a non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation having been formed in 1983 as the first of Tennessee’s five original Main Street communities. It is a program of Main Street America, a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street Four-Point Approach supports sustainable community driven revitalization efforts through Design, Economic Vitality, Organization and Promotion. The Main Street District is an eighteen block area in historic downtown Greeneville that includes both commercial and residential properties. The mission is to establish partnerships between public and private sectors dedicated to the revitalization of the Main Street District, the preservation of our historic structures and promotion of heritage tourism.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $89.57 billion in new public and private investment, generated 687,321 net new jobs and 154,435 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 303,836 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit