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    Visioning

    Community planning and streetscape design in compliance with Main Street USA. Master plan. Project “The Old City in Knoxville, Tennessee”

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    Design

    Developed a schematic design for Tellico Village Library. CDC Volunteer Architect Gregor Smee was awarded the project, construction completed during 2012. Thanks to Smee+Busby Architecture for photograph.

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    Transformation

    Renovations and enhancements to existing Philadelphia Tennessee public park. Community goal is to entice community use of this underutilized public park.

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    Adaptive

    Oakwood Elementary School is being renovated into an Assisted Living Facility. We documented the existing building conditions, obtained pricing for stabilization, and facilitated a public input meeting.

    East Tennessee Community Design Center Event 

    Thursday, March 17

    Echo Bistro & Wine Bar

    More details coming soon!

     

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    Updated Volunteer Selection Process

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center is able to provide low/no-cost design services to non-profit and community-based organizations because of generous pro bono assistance from area design and development professionals. Without their help, we could not accomplish our mission. Professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, real estate development and construction, who express their willingness to volunteer, will be notified of available projects based upon their self-defined areas of expertise.

    We have updated our volunteer selection document and streamlined the process so that people can easily get in touch with us. All the information is now hosted on our website to be accessed by anyone interested. Please visit our Volunteer page for links to the documents.

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    Broadway Corridor Design Charrette

    IMG_1270We had great attendance at the Design Charrette. Over 70 community members, business leaders, and city/county officials attended and provided us valuable input to move the Broadway Corridor Enhancement Plan forward. We would like additional input so click on the link below and follow it to the Visual Preference Survey.  We have included a fillable form that can be emailed to the ETCDC.

    http://www.communitydc.org/PROJECTS/Long-Range Visioning and Planning

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    Thank You!!

    We hope everyone had as good of a time as we did at the 2015 Awards Celebration honoring Ashley Capps with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award. A special thanks to all in attendance, our sponsors, board and staff, and our honoree Ashley Capps. More photos of the event will be shared soon, but in the meantime check out Alan Sims aka Knoxville Urban Guy’s blog post about the event. [Click Here]

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    Staff members showing off their costume

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    Board Members Sheryl Ely and Rick Blackburn

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    Ashley Capps, 2015 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Honoree

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    Special guest performer R.B. Morris

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    Regal Entertainment Group Signs On As Presenting Sponsor

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    We are pleased to announce that Regal Entertainment Group has agreed to serve as Presenting Sponsor for our October 29th “2015 Award Celebration.”

    The event, which will honor Ashley Capps, founder/owner of AC Entertainment, with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award, will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

    See below for more details and your opportunity to buy tickets or tables. Our deadline is fast approaching, so please contact wayne@communitydc.org or call 865-525-9945, ASAP, if your company would like to be a corporate sponsor for the event.

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    2015 Award Celebration

    2015 Honoree : Ashley Capps – CEO, President & Founder AC Entertainment

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center will hold its 2015 Award Celebration on Thursday, October 29 at the Knoxville Museum of Art, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Award Celebration is a time to recognize individuals who have made a difference in our community. Each year we honor continuing commitment to make East Tennessee a better place to live with The Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award. This award is presented as a tribute to the life and work of the late Bruce McCarty, who initiated the concept of the Design Center in Knoxville in 1970. [Read More]

    SOLD OUT

    If interested in being put on a waiting list contact Jan Mosadegh at 865-525-9945 or jan@communitydc.org.

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    Congratulations Leadership Knoxville Class of 2016

    Congratulations to so many great friends, clients, members and supporters of the Design Center, announced as members of the latest Leadership Knoxville class. (which is destined to be the ‘best class ever!’) Including:
    – Pastor Daryl Arnold
    – Angela Connor
    – Linda Cox Collier
    – Kristen Farley
    – Renee Kelly
    – Sara Pinnell
    – Grant Rosenberg
    – Jeff Welch
    – and so many other great leaders!

    See individual profiles via Knox News Sentinel – Click Here

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    Congratulations Sheryl Ely, ETCDC Board Member, New Position with City of Knoxville, TN

    With major projects and initiatives underway in several departments, Mayor Madeline Rogero today announced leadership changes in City Public Works and Public Service. Among those changes, Sheryl Ely will serve as new Deputy Director of Public Service. Ely, native of Charlotte, N.C., holds an undergraduate degree in community health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s degree in planning from the University of Tennessee.

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    ETCDC Highlighted in PBS Video

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center has been an advocate for great community design for decades. We’re celebrating #communitydesignday by sharing a special PBS video now viewable online. “Good Design: A Half-Century of the Community Design Center” highlights our unique history as an organization founded in the middle of the civil rights and urban renewal movements. You’ll hear from founding members Bruce McCarty, Gideon Fryer, and John Walker as well as testimonies from local community members and designers. A special thanks to East Tennessee PBS for this production and to our faithful supporters over the years. 

    [Click Here to View PBS Video]

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     CDC Logo 1000 pdfMEMBERS WANTED!!

    As we celebrate our 1000th project we encourage our friends and partners to support us by becoming a member of our organization. View membership levels and benefits by clicking the Membership button on the right side of this page.

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    11427035_10152794704507680_7404947518144307591_nThank You!

    What a wonderful display of community support! A special thank you to all in attendance at our “Meet Me on Main” summer party. We had a great night of music, food, architectural tours, and conversations. Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CommunityDC) to view more photos of the event. Details of the event, auction items, and tour were graciously documented my Knoxville’s Urban Guy, Alan Sims. Please visit his page to read more (http://insideofknoxville.com/2015/06/new-glimpses-inside-old-buildings-with-the-community-design-center/.)

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    The  East Tennessee Community Design Center organizes people, researches ideas, and identifies resources to facilitate positive change in the region.

    Ijams Nature Center – Long Term Visioning session

    ETCDC provides architectural, planning, and engineering services to encourage community development efforts. We award grants of service to nonprofit groups and community organizations in East Tennessee for projects that will serve the public at large. Professionals, including pro bono volunteers, offer technical services so that nonprofits and community groups can benefit from their expertise at little or no cost. This helps fill a much-needed gap for those who are seeking grants or funding for a project by providing the conceptual design services that will create the vision, the plan, and the inspiration needed to fuel the process.

    Leslie at monthly design review meeting

    Often, we are called upon to help restore, renovate or recommend reuse of an existing structure, park, or neighborhood area, and we also use design to solve social problems, such as how design can reduce crime or neighborhood traffic. We bring together professionals who contribute design and engineering services to solve practical and aesthetic problems and who partner with groups who want to make a community a better place to live and work.