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    Congratulations!

    Tanner Preservation Alliance the 2016 Annette Anderson Award Winner!

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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.

    We are grateful for the generous support of area businesses
    who are essential partners in realizing our mission.
    [For more information on our sponsors, click HERE]

     

     

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    East Tennessee Community Design Center Executive Director Search

    Interested candidates please go to the Executive Director Job Description and follow the information provided to learn about qualifications and steps to applying for the position.

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    Presenting Sponsor:  Regal Entertainment Group

    Wednesday, October 18th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Foundry on the Fair Site
    Festive attire in black and silver!

    For tickets and sponsor packages please click “Buy Tickets” below.


    Natalie Haslam to Receive McCarty Award

    Native Knoxvillian Natalie Leach Haslam has been a lifelong volunteer and philanthropist and will be presented with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award at the 2017 Awards Gala.
    “Mrs. Haslam embodies the spirit of the Bruce McCarty Award through her tireless work to make our region better. The many projects she has championed have contributed greatly to improving the built- environment in East Tennessee,” noted ETCDC board president, Rick Blackburn.
    Read more HERE!

    Below are a few examples of projects championed or supported by Natalie, that have helped shape our region.

     

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    East Tennessee Community Design Center Executive Director Search

    Interested candidates please go to the Executive Director Job Description and follow the information provided for applying for the position.

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    34454835933_5fd5b04630_o“In the Shadows of 40” – ETCDC’s 15th Annual Fundraiser and Tour

    Our huge thanks to our board members, sponsors and members, volunteers from KCDC, and our staff for the help making this event a great success.

    Thank you, Tinah Utsman and Scott Busby, for photographing this event.
    To view more images of the event, please visit HERE!

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    ETCDC Makes SMALL Announcement!

    Membership at $100+ level includes an exclusive locally hand-made coffee mug. Are you a $100+ member? If so, stop by the office and pick up your mug, Monday to Friday between 10 AM till 2 PM.

    If not – join now to get one of these beautiful mugs!

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    After the tragic Gatlinburg fire last fall, we found out about a young potter who lost his studio in the fire and needed work. We needed local-artisan mugs and the deal was struck!

    Appalachian Ceramics was founded in 2017 following the devastating wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg in late 2016. The company was created by local potters, all of whom suffered significant losses during the fires. The ETCDC contacted Kevin Leiva from Appalachian Ceramics to create our unique, new 2017 mugs.

    Kevin came to Sevier County in 2001 from Argentina and was offered a position at Pigeon River Pottery, (the old Pigeon Forge Pottery). He fell in love with the process of creating pottery and started taking classes at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. He now teaches and volunteers at Arrowmont.

    ETCDC is so proud of Kevin’s work. Appalachian Ceramics mission is to provide companies with long-lasting, beautiful works of art while keeping their customer’s needs top priority.

    Find out more at Appalachianceramics.com

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    Mug measures approximately about 5 inches tall and holds nearly 12 ounces of your favorite beverage. Additionally, the potter assures us that the mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.

    Mug measures approximately about 5 inches tall and holds nearly 12 ounces of your favorite beverage. Additionally, the potter assures us that the mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.

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    Project Update: East Knox Co. Community Plan

    A draft of Knox MPC’s “East Knox Co. Community Plan” is now available to view online. The project will build upon and enhance existing plans for the area by developing a community vision and identifying a variety of tools to achieve this vision. Through a wide variety of public meetings, consultants gathered that the community wants to preserve its rural character, enhance its outdoor recreation activities, and consider ways to contain commercial development to existing corridors like Asheville Highway and Strawberry Plains Pike. ETCDC served as a community input consultant alongside J.M. Teague Engineering & Planning, Kostelec Planning, and CRJA-IBI Group.

    Click HERE to review the draft plan and see the next steps in the process.

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    Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Change Center

    The Change Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was birthed out of the Save Our Sons Initiative under Mayor Rogero. Save Our Sons focuses on reducing violence related deaths and increasing opportunities for success among boys and young men of color and is part of a larger, national network of mayors called Cities United. The Change Center was created by youth as a key strategy in averting that violence. The Change Center is a safe, strategically located, center-city partnership facility that provides relational, recreational, leadership development, and jobs initiatives for teens and young adults in an attractive, fun environment.
    Components of the Change Center include a roller skating rink, a rock climbing wall, video games, movie wall, concession venue, and the entrepreneurial center that houses the jobs initiatives. East TN Community Design Center graciously provided initial concept drawings for the Change Center. The Architect for the project is Damon Falconnier of Falconnier Design and the General Contractor for the project is Mark Deathridge of East TN Mechanical Contractors.

    To view design plans and more images of the event, please visit The Change Center Album on our Facebook page. For more information about the Change Center’s mission, visit their webpage or watch their video below.

     
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    gift a tagGift-A-Tag

    Looking for a special gift this year? Check out the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Gift-A-Tag Program. In Tennessee, drivers can purchase certain* Specialty License Plates in place of the normally issued state license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates supports the organization featured so it’s a great opportunity to support the cause you care about most.

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    2016 Awards Gala

    We hope everyone had a great time at our annual awards gala this year! We’ve posted an entire album of photos [click here] See the program pamphlet with descriptions of each of our award winners [click here]

    Faris Eid: 2016 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award

    This year we honored Faris Eid with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award for demonstrating a commitment to building a better future for this region. See more about Faris in the latest Shopper News [click here] and Knox News [click here]

    Tanner Preservation Alliance: 2016 Annette Anderson Award

    This year we honored Tanner Preservation Alliance with the Annette Anderson award. Granted annually to an ETCDC client who has demonstrated a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place . See more about Tanner Preservation Alliance [click here] and [click here] to see Tanner School listed on the “Endangered 8” by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

    Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor: Regal Entertainment Group

    TIS Insurance Services

    Denark Construction

    LHP Capital, LLC

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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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    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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    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.

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    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.