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Tennessee governor announces grants for projects, including 2 in Obion County

Tennessee governor announces grants for projects, including 2 in Obion County

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 9:48 pm

 Gov. Phil Bredesen and Eco-nomic and Community Devel-opment Commissioner Matthew Kisber recently approved more than $23 million in Community Development Block Grants to assist with infrastructure improvements in Tennessee — including two for projects in Obion County.

Obion County has receive a $300,000 Community Develop-ment Block Grant to assist in the renovation and expansion of the county health department building, while the Town of Obion has been awarded $365,728 for its sewer systems.

“Community Development Block Grants are fundamental to the growth of communities across Tennessee and I’m very pleased that our state can be a partner in this vital financial assistance program,” Bredesen said.

He said Obion County’s Health Department expansion and renovation and Obion’s sewer system improvements project are two of “many necessary improvements to bolster growth and development at the most fundamental level.”

Obion County’s grant will be used to expand and renovate the Obion County Health Department building. Funding for the $500,000 project will include $200,000 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.

The grant was approved following an application by Obion County and has the support of Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire, state Sen. Roy Herron and state Rep. Phillip Pinion. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker and Congressman John Tanner aided in securing the funds.

In Obion, funding for the $415,600 sewer project will include $49,872 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.

Obion’s grant was approved following an application by the Town of Obion and has the support of Obion Mayor Patsy Barker, Herron and Pinion. Aid in securing the funds was provided by Alexander, Corker and Tanner.

“The building blocks for  economic development are simple infrastructure necessities like water systems and road improvements, and CDBG grants help communities meet those basic needs,” Kisber said. “ECD is proud to support such a critical program for our state’s communities.”

Herron said the entire community deserves congratulations for working together to secure the grants.

“Community development is impossible without teamwork and this award is evidence that Obion and Obion County understand that need for cooperation,” Herron said.

Pinion said being able to see “the fruits of a concerted effort toward development in Obion and Obion County is truly encouraging.”

“These CDBG grants represent a significant step of progress in the economic potential of our community,” Pinion said.

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.

Other communities awarded grants include:

• Housing — Fayette County, $500,000; Greeneville, $300,000; and Winchester, $365,000.

• Community livability — Clay County, $300,000; McNairy County, $300,000; Viola, $218,400; Tusculum, $300,000; Alamo, $182,910; Michie, $94,176; Moscow, $139,230; and Mosheim: $135,900.

• Sewer systems — Sparta, $500,000; LaFollette, $500,000; Harriman, $500,000; Lafayette, $500,000; Lewisburg, $450,275; Englewood, $263,340; Milan, $500,000; Lake City, $500,000; Martin, $500,000; and McKenzie, $500,000.

• Sewer lines — Sweetwater, $318,713; Hamblen County, $410,856; Scott County, $450,022; and Decatur, $220,000

• Water lines — Wayne County, $500,000; Houston County, $500,000; Lawrence County, $500,000; Polk County, $500,000; Marshall County, $500,000; Auburntown, $400,000; Rhea County, $500,000; DeKalb County, $400,000; Sevier County, $400,000; and Union County, $444,432.

• Water systems — Grundy County, $1,000,000; Hartsville/Trousdale County, $500,000; Lewis County, $500,000; Celina, $500,000; Maynardville, $500,000; Elizabethton, $500,000; Oliver Springs, $500,000; Spencer, $500,000; Gallaway, $300,000; Stewart County, $500,000; Collinwood, $370,944; Tipton County, $500,000; Jasper, $500,000; Graysville, $479,400; New Johnsonville, $205,000; Mason, $500,000; Byrdstown, $500,000; and Greene County, $500,000.

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.
Published in The Messenger 10.31.08

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