Officials in Johnson City seeking state funding to turn old building into resource center for entrepreneurs

Johnson City officials are seeking $5 million in state funding to help restore the former Ashe Street Courthouse, an historic building in downtown, into what is described as a resource center for entrepreneurs.

In an article in Saturday’s edition of the Johnson City Press, City Manager Pete Peterson is quoted as saying that the building “would be a center for economic development primarily aimed at entrepreneurship and the development of new businesses and helping new and small businesses become acquainted with investors.”

The Ashe Street Courthouse would anchor the eastern end of a revitalized West Walnut Street which includes a major investment led by new Johnson City resident Scott Andrew that we described in Part 3 of this recent series.

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