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311 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, TN USA 37996-4134

Phone: 865.974.4251
Fax: 865.974.1838
Email: Tim Ezzell at


For information on the Beck Tour, please contact Eric Ogle, 865-974-4562,

Community Partnership Center

cpc pictureThe Community Partnership Center (CPC) is a research and outreach center. Its mission is to link university resources with urban and rural grassroots community groups to understand and address the core problems facing low- and moderate-income communities.

cpc picture cpc picture CPC strives to create mutually respectful research and action partnerships that embody and promote equitable and democratic principles. We are committed to strengthening the capacity of both community and university partners to build healthy, flourishing communities.

News from CPC

October, 2010— CPC's Eric Ogle led the development of a mobile tourism application to encourage asset-based economic and community development in Knoxville. The CPC partnered with community organizations in Knoxville to create content for a walking tour to promote African-American heritage and cultural tourism in Knoxville. The Beck Tour app is a free iPhone app that presents a walking tour featuring 13 historically and culturally significant sites in and around downtown Knoxville, TN. While at or near each your site, the app enables users to read brief narratives about the site's importance and view photos of notable people and events related to a particular site. Adding to the uniqueness of this app, tour participants can view 4-6 minute videos about the historic and cultural significance at 10 of the sites. Read the story online at prMac.


cpc icon graphicDownload a copy of The University of Tennessee Campus Heritage Plan (PDF, ~37MB). With support from the Getty Foundation, CPC conducted this inventory and assessment of historical and architectural resources on the UT Knoxville campus, identified areas of archaeological significance, and developed recommendations to help promote, protect, and preserve these assets.