City of Etowah Receives Rebuild TN Award

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sarah Williams

Southeast Tennessee Development

Phone: 423.424.4297



City of Etowah Receives Rebuild TN Award

TDDA Honors Area Local Government


NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 14, 2018 – The City of Etowah has received the “John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee” Award from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA). Etowah was recognized for the Etowah Downtown Revitalization Project. The awards were made on March 14, 2018, during TDDA’s Legislative Awards Breakfast in Nashville.

The TDDA is an association of Tennessee’s nine development districts, which are regional planning and economic development organizations. These policy boards within each District are made up of the state’s 95 counties and 340 municipalities. Development districts assist with regional issues including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for critical infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, housing, tourism, economic development loans, environmental quality and natural resources planning, workforce development and services to the elderly.

“The awards are given on the basis of nominations from each of the nine development districts and are represented to those local governments and other agencies for special contributions to the improvements of infrastructure systems and/or the quality of life for their citizens” said Beth Jones, Executive Director of Southeast Tennessee Development District. The City of Etowah began a program almost 10 years ago to revitalize and rebuild the downtown business corridor. The project included the completion of a streetscape including pavers and decorative lighting along Tennessee Avenue, the construction of an affordable house on infill property downtown, a plan to relocate City Hall near the historic L&N Depot, completion of the Tennessee Downtowns program, and participation in the USDA Rural Development Rural Town Recovery program. A total of $605,550 in grant funds from TDOT, THDA, and valuable technical assistance was used to complete these projects. “By recognizing the economic benefits of revitalization downtown, Etowah has demonstrated leadership and vision toward meeting the future needs of their growing population.”