Volume 52, Number 16

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bredesen Recommends $136,000 ARC Grant For Pickett County

Governor Phil Bredesen has recommended a $136,000 Appa-lachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to assist in the extension of water lines to the Dry Creek Road area off Highway 325 in Pickett County.
“Pickett County has my full recommendation for assistance from the Appalachian Regional Commission,” Bredesen said. “These grants are crucial components of economic growth in Tennessee’s 50 Appalachian counties, and we appreciate the ARC’s investment in our communities.”
“Improvement projects like this one prepare our region for industry arrival and expansion, and grant funding is what makes these projects possible,” Sen. Charlotte Burks said.
“ARC grants help East Tennessee communities take advantage of the unique economic opportunities in the Appalachian region,” Rep. Leslie Winningham said. “The leaders of Pickett County should be commended for their initiative to encourage growth.”
“The building-block projects of economic development, from education systems to industrial infrastructure, benefit from ARC Grants,” said Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber. “The region, and ultimately the state, benefit from their fundamental investments.”
The project will benefit the eight households and 32 individuals of the Dry Creek area in Pickett and Fentress Counties. Funding for the $170,000 project will include $34,000 in local funds.
The grant was recommended following an application by Pickett County and has the support of County Executive Stephen Bilbrey, Sen. Charlotte Burks and Rep. Leslie Winningham. U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and Congressman Lincoln Davis also aided in securing the funds.
Allocation of ARC funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known. The recommended project will now be forwarded to Washington for review and approval. The Department of Economic and Community Development administers the ARC program in Tennessee. The program provides resources to help leverage community development and economic growth opportunities in Tennessee’s Appalachian communities.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. The commission is a unique partnership composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a presidential appointee representing the federal government. For more information, visit www.arc.gov.

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