Berea was chosen this year as one of 15 sites to be awarded a grant from the Levitt Foundation, based out of Los Angeles. The money was utilized to fund a free, ten-week long concert series on the lawn in front of the cabin and Welcome Center in Old Town, Berea. The series has seen local and nationally famous artists perform to large crowds of Berea residents for six weeks now, and will continue every Friday through September 8th.
Representatives from the Levitt Foundation performed a site visit this weekend in order to witness what Berea has accomplished with the grant for the concert series firsthand. Victoria Brideinstein of Levitt said that the city will be eligible for the grant for years to come, as it hinges on a community-based voting system.
WBON TV also spoke with President of MACED (Mountain Association for Community Economic Development) Peter Hille, who says that it is because of events like this unique to Berea that new businesses are starting to crop up in the area: both in the Chestnut business district and in Old Town.
Hille confirmed rumors of some new and exciting updates coming to Southern Madison County, including a second location for a much-loved local pizza joint!