Lee announces $3.7 million in grant funding for UC communities

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Economic and Community Development (TNECD) Commissioner Bob Rolfe have announced seven Upper Cumberland communities will receive over $3.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to improve water, sewer and emergency services in the region. Statewide 66 communities received over $27.6 million in grant funding.

Below is a list of the grants for the U.C. region: 

BaxterSewer System Improvements$628,896
CrossvilleSewer System Improvements$525,060
DeKalb CountyFire Protection Improvements$279,518
GainesboroSewer System Improvements$630,000
Jackson CountyEmergency Services Improvements$381,060
LivingstonWater System Improvements$630,000
McMinnvilleSewer System Improvements$630,000

“These funds play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Lee said. “I applaud each community for investing in themselves and taking the necessary steps to improve their assets, infrastructure and safety initiatives.”

“Community Development Block Grants are an enormous asset to communities across the state and Tennessee as a whole,” Rolfe said. “The 66 communities receiving CDBG funding will be better prepared for economic growth, which will in turn help Tennessee continue to succeed. I look forward to the future success each community will see in the years to come.”

The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process at the local community level. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Funds are available for water and sewer improvements and new extensions, housing rehabilitation and health and safety projects.

A complete list of grants funded is available here.

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