Who are we?

Founded in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, City People enhances our downtown communities by:

  • Creating a sense of belonging among those who live, work, or play in downtown
  • Offering grants that support individuals or organizations who offer innovative ways to bring people together or enhance the downtown experience
  • Encouraging patronage of downtown Business Partners
  • Partnering with other nonprofit organizations that benefit Downtown Knoxville
  • Raising awareness about all that Downtown Knoxville has to offer
  • Promoting the benefits of urban living by promoting the City People Home Tour
  • Representing the voice of downtown residents

If you’re excited about and interested in downtown Knoxville, and want to be a part of a dynamic urban community, we encourage you to join City People as a member or Business Partners.

City People Board of Directors

Nathan Rowell, President

Kathy Wright, Secretary

Peggy Hargis, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Home Tour Sub-Committee Chair

Joanne Schuetz, Business Partner Chair

Jenny Jennings, Social Media Chair

City People Committee Chairs

Open- Social Events Chair

Peggy Hargis- Membership Chair

Karen Sundback- Grants Program Chair

Joanne Schuetz- Business Partner Chair

Jenny Jennings- Social Media Chair

Oslo Cole- Event Manager Downtown Home Tour


Questions? email: citypeople.knox@gmail.com

The City People Board meets once a month, and you are welcome to attend. To find out the next time and location, email: citypeople.knox@gmail.com 

Volunteer for City People!

We are always looking for volunteers!  If you are interested in volunteering for an event, committee or other short-term commitment, e-mail us to let us know!