The Tennessee Department of Economic Development has announced that Sweetwater, located in McMinn and Monroe Counties, has attained Tennessee Main Street certification.
TDED said Sweetwater is the 27th community in the state certified through a state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
"Some of Tennessee's best assets lie in our unique culture, heritage and geographic diversity," ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. "The Main Street Program highlights communities who are diligently working to create vibrant downtowns that encourage business development and tourism, qualities valued both by industries already located here and by those considering Tennessee as their next location. I congratulate Sweetwater on this great accomplishment."
"Sweetwater is the first community to graduate from the Tennessee Downtowns program and pursue Main Street designation," Tennessee Main Street Director Todd Morgan said. "They have invested time and resources into making downtown a great place and I look forward to seeing the effort continue to grow."
"Sweetwater is a special place and the Main Street designation confirms that," Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe said. "Thank you to all the merchants, city staff, and volunteers who helped in this process. We are very excited to be part of this elite group of cities."