Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 12 New Site Development Grant Recipients

  • 12 grants totaling more than $8 million
  • Program helps communities prepare industrial sites for business investment
  • TNECD has awarded nearly 130 Site Development Grants across Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today 12 new Site Development Grants, totaling approximately $8.3 million.

The grants are designed to help communities achieve Select Tennessee site certification and prepare industrial sites for economic development projects. The funding helps communities invest in infrastructure and engineering improvements on project-ready sites.

“Thanks to the support of the General Assembly, the Site Development Grants program will enhance an additional 12 industrial sites for future economic development projects,” Lee said. “I remain committed to rural Tennessee, and these grants will help our communities attract jobs and support economic growth across our state.”

The Site Development Grant program, part of the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, works in tandem with TNECD’s Select Tennessee program. Since 2016, TNECD has awarded 127 Site Development Grants across the state, totaling more than $47 million in assistance to local communities.

“The Site Development Grants program is essential to our Tennessee communities as it not only helps to create shovel-ready sites but serves as a catalyst for achieving the ultimate goal of Select Tennessee site certification,” Rolfe said. “We look forward to the seeing the communities’ successes that follow this latest round of awards.”

The grants awarded this round include:

  • Anderson County Economic Development Association

First Quality Drive, $1,000,000 – Complete due diligence studies, grade and prepare the site

  • City of Cookeville

Lemon-Farris Site, $25,200 – Complete due diligence studies

  • City of Shelbyville

231 North Business Park, $1,000,000 – Construct sewer line to serve the site

  • Decatur County

Highway 641, $394,650 – Construct sewer line to serve the site

  • Dickson County

Canterbury Site, $598,260 – Prepare and grade the site

  • Grundy County

Pelham Industrial Park, $500,000 – Prepare, grade, and extend utilities to the site.

  • Industrial Development Board of Perry County

I-40 Industrial Park, $794,200 – Replace water line, clear and grade the site

  • Loudon County Economic Development Agency

Centre 75 Business Park, $222,000 – Prepare and grade the site and construct a marketing road

  • Macon County

Lafayette/Macon Industrial Park, $1,000,000 – Assist with purchase of the site

  • The Henderson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board

Reeves Property, $736,689 – Prepare and grade the property and pave road into the site

  • The Industrial Development Board of the City of Fayetteville and Lincoln County

Fayetteville Lincoln County Industrial Park, $1,000,000 – Prepare and grade site

  • Washington County

Washington County Industrial Park, $1,000,000 – Prepare and grade site, construct an access road and mitigate wetlands on site.

Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of TNECD, Austin Consulting, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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