(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), January 19, 2017 – Campbell and Rhea Counties will receive major Tourism Enhancement Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development according to State Senator Ken Yager.
Campbell County will receive a $47,605 grant to enhance Lonas Young Park, including extending an existing boat ramp, constructing a new boat ramp, providing lighting to the ramps, and replacing the roof on an existing structure. Rhea County will receive a $50,000 grant to restore the roof at the historic Rhea County Courthouse.
The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, co-sponsored by Yager, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee.
“Our parks are an important part of our communities,” said Senator Yager said. “These funds will improve the park for Campbell County citizens and tourists alike. I congratulate our local officials who were instrumental in helping secure these funds.”
In regards to the Rhea County grant, Yager said, “The historic courthouse is important to Rhea County and there is a lot of potential to bring in more tourism that will boost our economy,” said Senator Yager. “I am very pleased that these funds will help in these efforts and also congratulate our local Rhea County officials for their role in securing these funds.”
An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 50 grant applications.