Volume 53, Number 20

twenty four pages two sections

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gov.Bredsen announces CDGB for PIckett County

Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber recently approved a $297,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist in infrastructure improvements in Pickett County.
“The grants awarded through this program provide funding needed to maintain and update community resources and improve the overall economic and environmental health of Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “I’m proud the state of Tennessee can provide funding to communities to help spur economic growth and create jobs.”
The funds will be used to purchase two new fire trucks. Funding for the $330,000 project will include $33,000 in local funds. The grant dollars were provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.
“These grants are evidence of the state’s commitment to helping our communities prosper,” said Kisber. “CDBG grants help increase our state’s economic edge and provide opportunities for our communities to improve their overall economic development strategies.”
“This CDBG grant will pave the way for continued economic progress in Pickett County,” Sen. Charlotte Burks said. “I congratulate the community leaders for their work in securing the funds, and I look forward to seeing the fruit, including new jobs, of this valuable aid.”
“Programs like CDBG make it possible for communities to strengthen their foundations, preparing them for economic growth and job creation they might not otherwise experience,” Rep. Les Winningham said. “We understand the significance of this grant to Pickett County, and we are grateful for it.”
The grant was approved following an application by Pickett County and has the support of County Executive Stephen Bilbrey, Sen. Charlotte Burks and Rep. Les Winningham. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Congressman Lincoln Davis aided in securing the funds.
Allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known.
The CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans.
The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tnecd.gov.

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