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The Downtown Kingsport Master Plan has received the 2019 Vernon Deines Merit Award for an Outstanding Comprehensive Plan or Special Project. The American Planning Association’s Small Town and Rural Planning Division awarded Kingsport’s Senior Planner Nathan Woods at the APA National Conference in San Francisco this April.

“The STaR awards selection committee was incredibly impressed with the plan, and felt it embodied the best of small town planning,” Woods said. “The committee appreciated the innovation in engagement shown and the economic analysis that supported the plan.”

The Downtown Master Plan is the city’s guiding document to create a vision that reinforces and magnifies downtown Kingsport’s role as the economic and cultural heart of the community.

Work began on the extensive plan in November 2017, and the Board of Mayor and Alderman received it in June 2018. The City worked with TSW-Design of Atlanta to formulate the plan. It aims to facilitate the direction, type, location and scale of new development and associated downtown improvements for the next 10 years. For more information, please visit