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Sen. Gresham announces nearly $500,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to District 26

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced the awarding of $471,534.50 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties. Gresham was informed of the grant being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The grants will be used for LED lighting upgrades in facilities throughout Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties for an estimated 208,360 kWh in annual energy savings. The grants will also be used for rooftop solar projects on the Haywood County Justice Center and the University of Tennessee Martin Extension facility as well as for 51 new water-sourced heat pump units to the Haywood County Courthouse. Between the projects, annual savings are estimated to reach $141,502.48.

“The efforts between the three counties to reduce emissions and conserve energy shows us the tremendous savings that occur when governments lead by example,” said Gresham. “By utilizing this grant program, Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and showing the community what big savings little changes can cause.”

The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive these grant, each county demonstrated a plan to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this grant,” added Gresham. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”

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Sen. Jackson announces $22,339 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to Lake County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Ed Jackson (R-Jackson) announced today that a $22,339 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant has been awarded to Lake County. Jackson was informed of the grant by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The grant will be used to install a solar energy system at the Lake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station. This upgrade is expected to offset 60 percent of the station’s electrical usage by producing 31,959 kWh annually.

“Lake County’s effort to reduce emissions and conserve energy is a great example of how local governments should do business,” said Jackson. “By investing in smart, clean energy solutions, Lake County is doing more than lowering the bills and saving taxpayer dollars, it’s leading by example and protecting the community from breathing harmful emissions.”

The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive this grant, Lake County demonstrated plans to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this grant,” added Jackson. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”

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Senator Southerland announces $19,095 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to Cocke County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) announced the award of a $19,095 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant (CTEG) to Cocke County. Southerland was informed of the grant by Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The grant will be used to install energy efficient LED lighting in the Cocke County Courthouse, resulting in an estimated energy savings of 10,145 kWh. The lighting improvement is expected to save $1,003 per month.

“While we may not think of all the energy we waste every time we turn on an old fluorescent light, Cocke County sets an example that we can all follow by taking a simple step to conserve energy and lower electricity bills,” said Southerland, the Chairman of the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. “These clean energy solutions ultimately pay for themselves in the amount of savings they create. Cocke County is taking action to save taxpayer dollars and keep Tennessee’s air clean for future generations.”

The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive this grant, Cocke County demonstrated plans to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this funding,” added Southerland. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to protect and preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”

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Sen. Bowling announces $420,365 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to District 16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) announced the awarding of $420,365 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties. Bowling was informed of the grants being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The grants to Grundy and Sequatchie Counties will be used on energy efficient lighting upgrades in government buildings. The grant to Marion County will be used on overall efficiency upgrades such as lighting, cooling and window improvements in government buildings. Between the three counties, annual energy and cost savings are estimated to reach 868,458 kWh and $59,654.

“Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties receiving these grants is a great example of the huge savings small changes can cause,” said Bowling. “These thoughtful and proactive improvements not only result in saving taxpayer dollars, but also in preserving the environment for future generations. Even something as simple as installing new light fixtures and windows can help us keep Tennessee clean for years to come.”

The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive these grants, these counties demonstrated plans to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this funding,” added Bowling. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to protect and preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”

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Sen. Yager announces $230,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to District 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced the awarding of $230,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Campbell and Rhea Counties in District 12. Yager was informed of the grants being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The grants will be used on energy efficient lighting in the Jellico City Hall, air conditioner repair in a LaFollette community building and a better insulated roof for the Rhea County Courthouse. Between the counties, these grants are expected save $52,311.33, 706,816 kWh and 458 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

“The work of Campbell and Rhea Counties remind us that huge changes are not always necessary for huge savings,” said Yager. “By conserving energy and reducing emissions, these communities are cutting costs, saving taxpayer dollars and ensuring that they can breathe clean air for years to come.”

The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive these grants, Campbell and Rhea County demonstrated plans to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this funding,” added Yager. “I applaud these cities for their mindfulness of the environment and all they do to keep Tennessee clean, safe and healthy.”

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Sen. Tracy announces $15,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to Bedford County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced the awarding of $15,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to the Bedford County Utility District. Tracy was informed of the grant being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The CTEG will be used to replace fluorescent lighting with new LED lighting in the water treatment plant building. It is estimated that this change will result in a reduction of 198,000 kWh and 139 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

“The Bedford County Utility District is tasked with providing water and natural gas to a huge, expanding service area,” said Tracy. “The utility district utilizing this grant is a great example of effectiveness meeting efficiency. By conserving energy and reducing emissions, the utility district cuts operating costs, saves taxpayer dollars and ensures that Bedford County is breathing clean air for years to come.”

The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive this grant, the Bedford County Utility District demonstrated a plan to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

“I applaud those at the Bedford County Utility District who provide essential services to our community and work hard to keep Tennessee clean, safe and healthy,” added Tracy.

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Sen. Yager announces fifth annual Grant Conference at Roane State Community College

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announces his fifth annual Grant Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Roane State Community College. The conference will focus on providing local governments, community groups and nonprofits pertinent information on available grants and the best practices for preparing a competitive application.

“The goal is to never let a grant opportunity pass by without local governments, community groups and nonprofits knowing how to tap into it,” said Yager. “I learned how import grants can be during my tenure as County Executive (now Mayor). The right federal, state or local grant can make the difference in going forward on a needed project.”

Admission to the conference is free, but registration is required. Registration is open until September 12th at www.kenyager.com.

“For the past four years, this conference has been met with tremendous success. The grants received have helped improve communities in my district and statewide,” added Yager.

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Sen. Hensley applauds creation of Lawrence County Higher Education Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) welcomes funding for the Lawrence County Higher Education Center in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. The funding was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam and supports the Drive to 55 initiative’s educational attainment goals.

“This is tremendous news for Lawrence County,” said Hensley. “Tennessee needs more skilled workers. By creating the Lawrence County Higher Education Center, we are not just changing the lives of students with limited higher education options, but we are also strengthening our economy and workforce for years to come.”

The Lawrence County Higher Education Center will be a collaboration between public and private higher education institutions. Initial support comes from $4.6 million in state funds and $4.5 million in local funds. Lawrence County hopes to raise another $1.5 million in private funding.

The Higher Education Center can be attended tuition-free by Tennessee adults without a degree or certificate through the Tennessee Reconnect Act. Courses will also be offered to Tennessee Promise students. With affordable and expanded opportunities for higher education, Tennessee continues to work towards the Drive to 55 initiative to have 55 percent of Tennesseans earn a degree or certificate by 2025.

“Congratulations to the local officials and all of the stakeholders who have been working to expand higher education to rural areas,” added Hensley. “I applaud their hard work and dedication to keeping the future of Tennessee bright.”

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Sens. Tracy and Ketron welcome over $500,000 in grants to Rutherford County Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sens. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) welcome $553,600 in grants from the Tennessee Department of Education into Rutherford County Schools. The grants will be used on new mechatronics and health sciences equipment for Career Technical Education (CTE) classrooms.

“This is tremendous news for Rutherford County,” said Tracy. “Tennessee has a growing need for skilled workers. With access to more current technology, Rutherford County graduates not only prepared to enter the workforce, but a step ahead of their peers.”

“These funds are more than an investment in new equipment — they are an investment in our students, future workforce and economy for years to come,” said Ketron. “Thanks to these grants, our students have the unique opportunity to learn from the latest and greatest technology in their fields and prepare themselves for a bright future.”

The Department of Education awarded $15 million in grants to school districts across the state. The average award amount was $125,000 per district making Rutherford County’s grant more than four times above average.

Rutherford County is known a leader in CTE class offerings with 15 career pathways for high school students in fields such as engineering, medicine, cosmetology, building trades, dentistry, agriculture, automotive and information technology and more.

"Congratulations to the local officials who have secured these grants. I look forward to seeing the many ways they benefit our community," added Tracy.

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Sen. Gresham encourages local schools to nominate recycling efforts for GSAR recognition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) is encouraging local schools to nominate their recycling efforts for the University of Tennessee’s annual Good Sports Always Recycle (GSAR) program. Nominations can be submitted by all K-12 schools in Tennessee until October 3, 2017.

“I encourage all schools to nominate their recycling efforts for these awards,” said Gresham, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize our schools that go the extra mile for their students. These schools not only teach students to excel in the classroom, but also to respect and take responsibility for the environment.”

With the support of Eastman, Food City and Waste Connections, the University of Tennessee will award $1,000 to eight schools for the GSAR School Competition, $1,500 to one exemplary school for the GSAR Sustainability Steward Award and $1,500 for the Best New Program Award.

All winning schools will be recognized on-field and in a tailgate celebration at a University of Tennessee football game this fall.

“We all want Tennessee students to be the best they can be from academic performance to outstanding character. I applaud the efforts our schools are making to keep our communities clean and the future bright for all students,” added Gresham.

Gresham represents Senate District 26 which is comprised of Haywood, Fayette, Hardeman, Chester, McNairy, Hardin, Decatur and Henderson Counties. Gresham and her husband Will live on their farm in Fayette County.

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Sen. Crowe announces $125,500 in art grants awarded in District 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced today that 10 organizations in District 3 will receive $125,500 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants were awarded after being reviewed by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full commission.

“This is tremendous news for District 3,” said Crowe. “This investment in arts and culture offers all of us an enhanced quality of life, provides our children with a more complete education, stimulates economic development and helps attract tourists to our state.”

The grants were awarded to Art Transformations, Artlandia, Inc., the Elizabethton Arts and Cultural Alliance, East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries, the First Tennessee Development District, the Friends of Rocky Fork, the Johnson City Symphony, the National Storytelling Association, the Town of Jonesborough and the Umoja Unity Committee, Inc.

The organizations will use the grants for a wide variety of projects such as after school art programs for at-risk students, a sculpture in Veteran’s Park, outdoor art updates to downtown Elizabethton, a radio show of community stories and more.

The grants will also support to the “TeN: Art Constellations from the West to Northeast” exhibit, the annual Upper East Tennessee Fiddler’s Convention, Johnson City Symphony concerts, an annual festival celebrating the contributions of African Americans to art and operating support for other arts projects and programs.

“Congratulations to all of the organizations who secured these funds. I look forward to seeing the many ways our community benefits from their efforts,” added Crowe.

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Sen. Gresham welcomes over $1.3 million in workforce development grants to two TCAT institutions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) welcomes state workforce development grants into two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Jacksboro and Livingston. The grants were awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam to expand higher education opportunities in the area and support the Drive to 55 goal of increasing the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

“In these communities with limited opportunities for higher education, the significance of these grants is amplified,” said Gresham, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “TCAT-Jacksboro and TCAT-Livingston now have the opportunity to further develop their programs and ensure their citizens are well-trained and workforce ready.”

TCAT-Jacksboro was awarded $84,925 to purchase welding equipment which will be housed at the Campbell County High School welding laboratory. With this new technology, both schools are able to better serve dual enrollment students and allow students to train for a career while still in high school.

TCAT-Livingston was awarded $1,284,921 for the construction of a new transportation building to provide hands-on training in two new technical programs: diesel technology and transportation, distribution and logistics, addressing the increasing need in Overton County for these skill sets.

Tennesseans without a degree or certificate can attend TCATs tuition-free through the Reconnect program. The Reconnect program is funded through the State’s lottery for education account and also includes tuition-free admittance to community colleges.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured these grants. I look forward to seeing all the ways our state benefits from these wonderful opportunities in Jacksboro and Livingston,” added Gresham.

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Sen. Crowe announces $25,000 ThreeStar Competitive Grant awarded to Unicoi County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced today that Unicoi County has been awarded $25,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). Unicoi County is applying the grant funds for a comprehensive land use plan.

“I am pleased these funds will be used to continue developing a comprehensive land use plan for Unicoi County,” said Crowe. “Local officials have been creating a plan looking ahead for the next 10 to 20 years. This grant will support development and ensure Unicoi County is thoughtfully and resourcefully managed for years to come.”

TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants. The grants will be used for establishing new programs or continuing existing programs across the state. ThreeStar programs focus on best practices in five key community areas including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this grant. I look forward to seeing the many ways this benefits our community,” added Crowe.

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Sen. Crowe announces $5,000 ThreeStar Competitive Grant awarded to Washington County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced today that Washington County has been awarded $5,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). Washington County is applying the grant funds for the Talent Connect workforce alignment program.

“I am pleased the Talent Connect program will receive this grant and continue its mission of familiarizing college students with Johnson City, its top employers and the many career opportunities in the area,” said Crowe. “By bringing students in and showing them all the area has to offer, future employers have the opportunity to engage with students before they enter the competitive job market.”

TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants. The grants will be used for establishing new programs or continuing existing programs across the state. ThreeStar programs focus on best practices in five key community areas including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this grant. I look forward to seeing the many ways Talent Connect continues to benefit our community and economy,” added Crowe.

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Sen. Crowe announces $25,000 ThreeStar Competitive Grant awarded to Carter County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced today that Carter County has been awarded $25,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). Carter County is applying the grant funds to the ACT Work Ready program.

“I am pleased the ACT Work Ready program will receive this grant and continue establishing a skilled workforce in Carter County,” said Crowe. “With a skilled population, we have the opportunity to build up our economy and make our community more competitive for business development.”

TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants. The grants will be used for establishing new programs or continuing existing programs across the state. ThreeStar programs focus on best practices in five key community areas including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this grant. I look forward to seeing the many ways this benefits our community,” added Crowe.

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Sen. Bailey announces $105,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded to District 15

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today that five counties in District 15 have been awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants will be used for a variety of local programs focused on economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

The ThreeStar Grants will award $5,000 to Cumberland County, $25,000 to Bledsoe County, $25,000 to Jackson County, $25,000 to Overton County and $25,000 to White County for a total of $105,000. TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants for a total of $975,000.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured these grants,” said Bailey. “This is tremendous news for my senate district. Our communities and economies will reflect the benefits of these investments in both new and existing ThreeStar programs for years to come.”

Each county met all of the ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“I look forward to seeing the many ways these grants assist District 15,” added Bailey.

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Sen. Bailey announces Jackson County to receive federal aid for May disaster recovery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today that Jackson County has been added to Tennessee’s Presidential Disaster Declaration for the May 27 and May 28, 2017 storms. Local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in Jackson County are now eligible for reimbursement through the Public Assistance Grant Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Access to reimbursement from the Public Assistance Grant Program will assist the brave Tennesseans who rushed into the aftermath of the storms to provide aid and relief for their community,” said Bailey. “The collaboration between state, local and now federal governments has been heartening in the wake of this disaster.”

The Public Assistance Grant Program is available to local governments and qualifying nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair of facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding.

Under the program, FEMA pays 75 percent of the cost of disaster-related expenses such as infrastructure repairs, overtime and debris removal. Typically, the remaining 25 percent is split between state and local governments. Eligible nonprofits are responsible for the full 25 percent.

“This aid will be of great benefit to Jackson County as the community continues to recover and rebuild. I commend FEMA for their extension of this assistance,” added Bailey.

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Sen. Crowe commends Autism Society of East TN for new Autism Community Center in Johnson City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) commends the Autism Society of East Tennessee on opening an Autism Community Center in Johnson City. The new Autism Community Center is the only one east of Knoxville.

“Those affected by autism in East Tennessee now have a closer, more convenient opportunity to find support and build community with one another,” said Crowe. “I commend the Autism Society of East Tennessee for their dedication to better serving all 36 counties in the region, and I welcome this center to Johnson City.”

Crowe, Chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, has been an advocate for Autism awareness. He co-sponsored Senate Bill 199, creating the Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The council focuses on aiding those with special needs and their families through providing plans and recommendations on health care and education services.

“The community fostered at this center can last a lifetime,” added Crowe. “With the additional support, individuals with autism can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and reach their fullest potential.”

The Autism Society of East Tennessee has been building a community that empowers those affected by autism through education, social and supportive service since 1989.

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Sen. Gresham announces $125,000 ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded to District 26

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today that seven counties in District 26 have been awarded $125,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants will be used for a variety of local programs focused on economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

The grants were awarded to the following counties: Chester County ($15,000), Decatur County ($25,000), Fayette County ($5,000), Hardeman County ($25,000), Hardin County ($15,000), Henderson County ($15,000) and McNairy County ($25,000). TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants for a total of $975,000.

“This is tremendous news for my senate district,” said Gresham. “By creating new programs or expanding existing programs, these grants help ensure that our communities and economies are not just growing but thriving for years to come.”

Each county met all of the ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“I am pleased to welcome the ThreeStar Grants into District 26, and I look forward to seeing the innovative ways these dollars benefit our community and state,” added Gresham.

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Sen. Bowling announces $75,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded to District 16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) announced today that five counties in District 16 have been awarded $75,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants will be used for a variety of local programs focused on economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

The ThreeStar Grants will award $5,000 to Sequatchie County, $5,000 to Warren County, $15,000 to Marion County, $25,000 to Grundy County and $25,000 to Van Buren County. TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants for a total of $975,000.

“I am pleased to welcome these grants into my senate district,” said Bowling. “Our communities and economies will reflect the benefits of these investments in both new and existing ThreeStar programs for years to come.”

Each county met all of the ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“Congratulations to the local officials who secured these grants,” added Bowling. “I look forward to seeing how these funds benefit our community and state.”

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