About Main Street Union City

Main Street Union City, Inc. is a combined partnership on all levels. It truly is a grassroots effort of downtown stakesholders, business and property owners, residents, not only of the HIstoric Union City area, but of the community as well. It is also made up of representatives of organizations who are working to preserve the economic health of the community such as Union City . Union City Main Street, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that started in 1994 with a few concerned citizens. Main Street Union City has a board of directors consisting of thirteen memebrs plus additional committees organized in the traditional four-point approach. However, the true back-bone of Main Street is our large group of volunteers. Our organization is part of the TN Main Street program. We are also a member of the National Main Street Center.

Our Mission

To enrich the quality of life of all citizens of Obion County by revitalizing the economy the historical charm and preserving the architectural heritage of the downtown business district of Union City.

Our Four Point Approach

1. Design

Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging new construction, and developing sensitive design management systems.

2. Organization

Building consensus and cooperation amount the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.

3. Promotion

Marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors. The goal is to create a positive image.

4. Economic Restructuring

Strengthening the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development.

OUR TEAM

Lauren Tanner

Executive Director

May 2019-Present

Lauren Tanner is the central coordinator for all Main Street Union City projects and activities. She stands as the primary liaison between the Main Street Union City Board of Directors and the Tennessee Main Street Program as well as the National Main Street Center. She develops economic development strategies that are based on historic preservation, utilize the community’s human and economic resources, and is focused on the downtown commercial area. She works with multiple groups on developing and implementing an annual downtown revitalization plan based on the National Main Street four-point approach: organization, promotion, design, and economic vitality.

BOARD MEMBERS

Charlene Burpo

President

Twin Oaks Technology

Katie Jarvis

Vice President

Discovery Park of America

Ashley King

Secretary

Westan Insurance Group

Cindy Minyard

Treasurer

Obion County Courthouse

Kara Barnes

Past President

Ivy Rogers

Congressman Kustoff

Tyler Bolton

Edward Jones

Jim Rippy

City of Union City

Glenda Chrisp

Obion County Cornfest

McCall Sanger

Owner of Beau & Arrow

Julie Hill

UTM Department of Music
Owner of Historic Ann’s 1893 Event Venue

John Cooper

Ameriprise Financial

Laura Soto

Union City Planning & Codes

Lauren Craddock

Owner of Linen & Lace

Kendrick Hardin

Discovery Partners Investment Center

Rachael McKinney

Commercial Bank & Trust

Allyn Hooks

Searcy Building Systems

Brooke Simmons

Obion County Chamber of Commerce

Deshon Kendall

General Manager of Advanced Auto Parts

Cassie Hood

Conley & Conley