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Statewide Program Aims To Improve Business In Downtown Areas

Statewide Program Aims To Improve Business In Downtown Areas

CREATED Jun 21, 2014

by Jason Lamb

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Shelbyville's town square was selected by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as one of six cities to take part in this year's "Tennessee Downtowns" program, meant to revitalize downtown communities.

A $15,000 repayable grant comes with the program. The money which will go toward downtown improvement projects.

Downtown Shelbyville business owners said they hope the program and its improvements can help bring in a steady stream of customers to their stores.

They said as it is now, their customer base can be pretty unpredictable from day to day.

“That would be very nice,” said Davorka Whiteside, who owns the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall in Shelbyville. “That would be a very good idea, and probably a big magnet for more customers.”

The other Tennessee cities that were selected to participate in the Downtown Revitalization program are Arlington, Carthage, Ducktown, Etowah and Jamestown.

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