Dandridge Community Trust, Corp.




What is the Dandridge Community Trust?

      It is the name of Dandridge's Main Street Program.  Main Street status is certified by the Tennessee Department of Economic Development and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Dandridge Community Trust is operated locally and is a volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage and preserve a sound economic base that meets the needs of both citizens and business and builds long-term economic success for the Dandridge community.  This includes:

     *  Preserving and leveraging the historic architectural and cultural heritage of the town center;    *  Maintaining the quality of community life;        *  Building strong alliances and a high level of cooperation among all groups with a stake in the future of the community, including residents;  the business community;  property owners;  town, county, regional and state government;  civic and church groups and schools.       

Who benefits?

     A strong economic base in the downtown benefits everyone.

     *  Residents, businesses, the Town of Dandridge, and Jefferson County benefit from an increased tax base which will reduce the need for tax increases.  Main Street status also allows the Town and County to take advantage of grant funds not otherwise available.     *  A vital downtown gives all area businesses a greater opportunity for growth and expansion, an expanded customer base and reduces financial risk.     *  Property owners benefit through higher property values, improved marketability of property, stable or higher rents, and increased occupancy rates.

     The Dandridge Community Trust belongs to everyone in the community.  It doesn't matter whether you live or have a business in Chestnut Hill, Spring Creek, or on Route 139  -  whether you live or work in the city limits, in the downtown historic district, or your mailing address id Dandridge.  Each of us "owns" an interest in the community's future.

What is happening?

     *  A Board of 15 members representing differenct groups in the community has been established     *  Four committees  -  Promotion, Organization, Design & Economic Development  -  have been set up.  These are the action arms of the organization.     *  A 3-Year Work Plan was approved by the Board in Septermber, 2006.     *  An Executive Director was hired and started 4 December 2006.

What can you do?

     Help  -  Put your experience to work  -  let a Board Member know you are interested in working on a committee or a project.

     *  Call:  Any member of the Board or Carlos Conerly at Town Hall, 397-7420  ext 17.  Board members are:  Barbara Garrow (President), Jim Everett (Vice President and Chair of the Organization Committee), Marlene McClellan (Secretary)  LeAnn Mottern (Treasurer), Bill Corrao, Janet Drass-Talbot (Chair of the Promotions Committee),  Clara Hankins, Bob Jarnagin (Chair of the Design Committee),  Pam Farrar, Rick Farrar, Ben Catlett, David Jones (Chair of the Economic Development Committee), Becky Murray, Mark Murray & Ben Strand.     *  Email:  Office@MainStreetDandridge.com  or     *  Write:  Dandridge Community Trust, P.O. Box 1382, Dandridge, TN 37725

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