Volume 51, Number 44

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bredesen Recommends $500,000 ARC Grant For Byrdstown

Governor Phil Bredesen has recommended a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to assist in the construction of additional water storage and lines in the Byrdstown service area.
“The Town of Byrdstown 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 Tennes-see communities take advantage of the unique economic opportunities in the Appalachian region,” Rep. Leslie Winning-ham said. “The leaders of Byrds-town 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 approximately 5,587 individuals who live in Pickett County and receive water service from the Town of Byrdstown water distribution system. Funding for the $2.7 million project will include $2.2 million in local funds.
The grant was recommended following an application by the Town of Byrdstown and has the support of Mayor Billy Robbins, 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 re-view and approval. The Depart-ment of Economic and Commun-ity Development administers the ARC program in Tennessee. The program provides resources to help leverage community development and economic growth opportunities in Tennes-see’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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