MONTEREY – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved nearly $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.
“Congratulations to the town of Monterey as a Community Development Block Grant recipient,” Haslam said. “It’s always great to see Tennessee communities taking the initiative to invest in themselves to create better environments for their residents to live and work. With the assistance of these grants, each community will be better equipped for success in our state and will continue to help Tennessee lead in economic development and job growth.”
“The Community Development Block Grants are a huge asset to communities across the state and Tennessee as a whole,” Rolfe said. “The 70 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.”
“Monterey will use the $475,000 in CDBG funds to improve the town’s wastewater system, an upgrade that’s been needed for some time, and one that will move the town closer to sustainable development,” said Dawn Kupferer of Kwill Consultants. According to Monterey mayor, Bill Wiggins, “The town of Monterey is dedicated to working with the state to improve our town’s infrastructure, which will clear a path for our overall goal of sustainable economic growth. Monterey has a lot of momentum, and a lot of good things happening right now, so we’re really happy to continue this process with CDBG funding. Monterey’s motto is ‘Where the Hilltops Kiss the Sky.’ The sky really is the limit for Monterey right now.”
The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process held each year with local representatives from across the state. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by TNECD.