Downtown Summit

Redevelopment Director

Dawn Michelle Foster
(865) 215-2607

400 Main St., Room 655
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Rick Emmett
Downtown Coordinator
Room 470B, City County Building
Fax: 865-215-2320

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., city officials held the Downtown Summit to talk about the big picture of downtown Knoxville redevelopment. 

The forum was held at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. 

Topics included what has happened in the past decade, what is happening now, and opportunities and challenges for the future. 

There was presentation by City of Knoxville staff, a panel discussion about the experience of developers downtown, and lots of opportunity for public questions, comments and discussion. 

The Downtown Summit was open to everyone, but especially encouraged to attend were downtown residents, business owners, property owners and anyone else with a strong interest in the future of downtown Knoxville.


Introductions - Bill Lyons, CPO and Deputy to the Mayor
Welcome - Mayor Madeline Rogero
Downtown Evolving Vision - Bill Lyons, CPO and Deputy to the Mayor
Panel Discussion Challenges & Opportunities - Bob Whetsel, Director of Redevelopment, Panel: Kim Henry, Mark Heinz, Tim Hill, Joe Petre
Day to Day Life Downtown - Rick Emmett, Downtown Coordinator
Open Discussion


Downtown Summit Presentation [PDF]

Downtown Development Interactive Tool for TIF's and PILOT's - The City of Knoxville would like to thank KGIS for providing this interactive tool for the 2013 Downtown Summit. 

Downtown Summit Notes & Comments [PDF]

Downtown Summit Comment Cards [PDF] 

Please send all comments to Rick Emmett at