Manchester, Tennessee's Historic Zoning Commission was activated in 2010 and within a year had surveyed and met with downtown business and building owners and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and established a Historic Zone surrounding the 1871 brick Courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. About that time, the City widened the sidewalks, buried electric and telephone wires, erected antique street signs, and repaved the wide avenue surrounding the Courthouse square with a beautiful brick pattern at the corners. In February 2016, Downtown Manchester revitalization continued with a major overhaul of the landscaping around the center square, and a Steering Committee was appointed to coordinate continuing efforts. Shortly thereafter, a $15,000 grant was obtained from the Tennessee Main Street program. A 50/50 grant opportunity (up to a maximum of $2500) was offered to Historic Zone building owners and fifteen of them enthusiastically applied for participation. Our Tourism Commission graciously donated an additional $15,000 and we were able to approve all 15 projects. This resulted in more than $150,000 worth of building façade improvements to historic structures in the District. In 2017, the City was designated a Certified Local Government. Forging ahead with our earnest endeavor to revitalize our downtown, current efforts include applying for Main Street status, installing wall murals in the Historic Zone, placing bronze plaques on 26 of our historic structures, and getting our Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. We continue our efforts to bring Downtown Manchester to the overall community's attention and participation, draw more people to downtown activities several times a year, recruit more businesses to locate downtown, and foster economic development. We are proud of the work accomplished so far and the determination to continue improving our Historic Downtown.