• Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grants awarded to 11 Kingsport restaurants

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    February 09, 2021
    Kingsport Chamber
    Downtown Kingsport Association
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021                                                                                       
    For Immediate Release                                                                                              
    Bob Feagins
    Executive Director of Communications & Development
    Kingsport Chamber
    Office: (423) 392-8815
    Mobile: (423) 967-8839
    Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grants awarded to 11 Kingsport restaurants
    Funds to help restaurants enhance outdoor dining options
    The Kingsport Chamber and Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA) announced today grants for eleven Kingsport restaurants to help alleviate some of the financial challenges brought on by COVID-19.
    Funded by the Kingsport Economic Development Board (KEDB) and administered by the Kingsport Chamber, the Kingsport Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grant Fund assists with expenses to restaurants looking to enhance or expand their outdoor dining options or establish an outdoor dining area.
    Eighteen applications were received and reviewed by an independent panel consisting of three local business leaders.  A total of $45,000 was awarded.
    Restaurants receiving the grants included:  Backwoods Burger Bar, Braeden's BBQ & Catering, Chef’s Pizzeria, Cornucopia, Fusion, High Voltage, Lynn Garden Restaurant, Main Street Pizza Company, Model City Tap House, Riverfront Seafood Company and The Shack.
    Recognizing that outdoor dining has become critical during the pandemic, the monies are intended to help restaurants create, enhance or expand their outdoor dining features.

    Examples of eligible equipment purchases include: tables, chairs, umbrellas, heaters, tents, greenhouse/igloo installations, patio enclosure panels, lighting, electrical, etc.
    Downtown Kingsport Association
    The Downtown Kingsport Association is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Kingsport.  The organization’s purpose is to promote Downtown Kingsport as the heart of the community, strengthen its economic viability by encouraging growth and diversity among businesses, and restore its unique history characteristics and beauty.  To learn more about the Downtown Kingsport Association, visit www.downtownkingsport.org.
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations:  the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Downtown Kingsport Association; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport, PEAK Young Professionals and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, our Twitter account, @kptchamber, on Instagram or our YouTube channel.