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Portland received the Excellence in Economic Development award at the 52nd GNRC luncheon. The entry - “Tourism Enhancement with a Strawberry on Top”  honors the city for the Strawberry Crate, an art installation displayed in the Woody Denton Citizen’s Park, emphasizing Portland’s status as the middle Tennessee strawberry capital. The crate was a vision of former Mayor Ken Wilber and was unveiled in May. The project was funded by a tourism grant of $42,450.

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