Morgan to head state’s Main Street program
NASHVILLE — Apparently locals aren’t the only ones who have noticed the recent success of Morristown’s downtown.
The Department of Economic and Community Development announced Thursday that Todd Morgan – who had led the downtown reviltalization program in Morristown as director of the Crossroads Development Partnership – has been named Tennessee Main Street Program director, leading the initiative that provides assistance to communities in revitalizing their downtown and central business districts.
“Downtowns and central business districts often serve as the foundation for a strong and self-sustaining local economy,” Hagerty said. “As a respected community development leader, Todd brings a wealth of experience to his new role and a network of relationships that will assist our Tennessee Main Street communities throughout the state.”
Morgan brings more than 18 years of community and economic development, neighborhood revitalization, planning, project management and architectural services experience to ECD’s Rural Development team. Most recently he was program director for the community development corporation managing the Morristown Main Street Program and facilitated comprehensive community development projects for the entire city of Morristown.
A graduate of Carson-Newman College with both a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, Todd has participated in professional development through the International Economic Development Council, U.T. Institute for Public Service and Walters State Institute for Business Industry.
“I am so grateful for my experience with the Crossroads Downtown Partnership. The CDP has a fantastic board of directors who are committed and have vision for downtown Morristown. It is a great asset to the entire community. I am also grateful that my new job allows me to continue working with the CDP along with all our Tennessee Main Street communities,” Morgan said. “The Main Street approach has been a proven economic development tool in Morristown and across both the state and country. I look forward to sharing this message with communities across Tennessee.”
Morgan replaces Kimberly Franklin Nyberg who is leaving state government to pursue her own business as a consultant specializing in community development, marketing, design and historic preservation.
For additional information about the Tennessee Main Street Program, please visit http://www.tennesseemainstreet.org/.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.
-From Staff Reports