TERM: 2017-2022, CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 7
Governor Bill Haslam appointed Michael Dumont for a five-year term to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2017.
Originally from historic Providence and small-town Coventry, Rhode Island, where he also attended the University of Rhode Island, Michael spent his professional career as a real estate developer, preservation specialist and mortgage company owner in RI, Massachusetts and Florida.
In 2003, Michael and his wife, Kathy, purchased a farm in Linden. Michael continued his development passion with the restoration of the historic 1800s log cabin and farmhouse on the Tennessee property. He then rescued the landmark hotel building in the center of the decaying downtown area.
Through this venture, he started meeting with and discussing local economic development with the local mayors and concerned citizens when local unemployment rates reached 27%. These discussions led to the formation of VisionPerry in 2009. Michael has served as Executive Director of VisionPerry, which became an innovative community development organization receiving national attention for creative rural development strategies.
Michael chaired the committee that started the annual Blooming Arts Festival in downtown Linden—now a well-recognized, well-attended festival. Michael has also had served on various boards including the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Governor’s Rural Task force.
Michael currently owns and operates the Commodore Hotel Linden, a vintage 1939 hotel he restored that has received statewide recognition as a unique venue. He also bought and restored the oldest commercial building in downtown. Continuing preservation efforts, he expanded the Commodore Hotel with a new property known as Miss Berdie’s Boarding House in Linden and is developing the Commodore Victorian Village at Clifton.