Senator Bailey announces that Tennessee Tech University will be awarded $2 million in Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grants

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Paul Bailey (R – Sparta) said today that Tennessee Tech University will receive a $2,070,000 Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grant to be used to create the Tennessee Center for Poultry Science Excellence. Bailey made the announcement after receiving notification from Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

“This is tremendous news,” said Senator Bailey. “Agriculture wins again with Tennessee Tech receiving this major Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grant. The poultry industry is becoming a huge industry in Tennessee, especially in the Upper Cumberland. I appreciate Governor Haslam and THEC for recognizing the need for this project.”

According to THEC, $24.3 million was awarded to ten colleges and universities. All projects seeking funding were required to demonstrate need for building capacity to respond to student enrollment and statewide workforce demands.

Proposals were reviewed by a team of readers from across state government, including the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the University of Tennessee system.

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