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Haslam Announces Nearly $600K in TDOT, TDEC Grants for Hardin Co

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 23, 2014:

SAVANNAH – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced three grants totaling $585,517 to fund phase II of the Pedestrian Sidewalk Project in Savannah, improve the Hank DeBerry Complex, and make Savannah’s City Hall more energy efficient.

“These types of projects strengthen our communities,” Haslam said. “Increasing energy efficiencies saves taxpayer dollars. Making our cities and towns more pedestrian friendly and improving our recreation areas improves the lives of Tennesseans. We want Tennessee to continue to be the very best place to live, work and raise a family, and projects like these are key to making that a reality.”

A $243,913 transportation alternative grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will fund phase II of the Pedestrian Sidewalk Project in Savannah, including construction of sidewalks on the east side of Tennessee Street from the southwest corner of the new Tennessee Street Park to Main Street. Sidewalks will also be installed along the north side of Main Street from the downtown district to Hogohegee Drive, which will connect the historic Cherry Street Mansion and the Tennessee River Overlook.

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by TDOT. A variety of activities, such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $306 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

A $250,000 Local Park and Recreation Fund grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for Hardin County and the city of Savannah will be used at the Hank DeBerry Complex to remove existing poles and fixtures at the ball fields and make upgrades to underground wiring and electrical panels to accommodate new energy efficient lights.

A $91,604 Clean Energy Grant from TDEC will be used to make Savannah’s City Hall more energy efficient by installing energy efficient ceiling lights, replacing 10 HVAC units with an energy efficiency of SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) 13, reconstructing a 4,600 square foot section of flat roof with energy saving materials to reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling purposes, and constructing vestibules at the main three entrances to City Hall. The total estimated annual energy usage reduction is estimated to be 27,601 kWh, which is equivalent to 19.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. The estimated yearly savings for the upgrades will be approximately $3,126.

“From land acquisitions for new municipal parks to renovating and improving existing facilities, these grants help expand recreational opportunities for Tennessee citizens,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “We are always looking for ways to promote environmental awareness and energy efficiency, and these investments in our local communities help improve the quality of life for all Tennesseans.”

The Local Park and Recreation Fund is a 23-year-old state program that provides local governments with resources to support development and improvements to local parks, greenways, trails and recreational facilities. Grant recipients were selected through competitive scoring with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need. All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.

Clean Tennessee Energy Grants were established by the Haslam administration in 2012 to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities, and other private and public organizations across Tennessee. These grants support projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.

Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Rep. Vance Dennis (R-Savannah) represent Hardin County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Haslam Awards Brownsville $715K TDOT Grant

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 23, 2014:

BROWNSVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a $715,844 transportation alternative grant to the city of Brownsville to fund Phase II of the Downtown Enhancements Project.

The project is located along Main Street from South Bradford Avenue to North Park Avenue and will include the removal and replacement of 1,800 linear feet of sidewalk, the relocation of utilities and new landscaping. The improvements will greatly improve pedestrian safety and mobility, and create a gateway into Brownsville.

“This project will enhance the character of downtown Brownsville and create a more pedestrian friendly environment,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and improvements like these improve our cities and towns and the quality of life for residents.”

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $306 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by TDOT. A variety of activities, such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects, are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) represent Haywood County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Dunlap Receives $591K Grant to Connect Residential, Business Districts

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; July 8, 2014:

DUNLAP – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $591,141 transportation alternative grant to the city of Dunlap to connect residential areas near Coops Creek with the downtown business district and educational centers.

Phase II of the Coops Creek Greenway Project is located at the beginning of Highway 127 and continues along the edge of the creek. It will include parking, bicycle racks, and a gathering area for public events.

“In addition to providing residents and visitors with critical connections to areas of the city, this project will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and projects like this enhance the lives of Tennesseans and make our communities more livable.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $306 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

A variety of activities, such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects, are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and state Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) represent Sequatchie County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Northeast State Receives $843K Grant for Advanced Technology Programs

Press release from the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; October 22, 2013:

BLOUNTVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a grant award of $843,000 for Northeast State Community College to fund needed equipment for advanced technology programs at the school.

The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges, part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.

These strategic investments resulted from the governor meeting with businesses and education officials across the state last fall to better understand workforce development needs. One of the most common themes he heard was the lack of capacity and equipment at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges to meet job demand, so these grants are aimed at addressing those gaps.

“This grant will provide equipment that will assist in Northeast State’s mission of training workers for the modern workplace,” Haslam said. “We will need qualified Tennesseans to fill skilled positions, and Northeast State is playing a significant role in meeting that goal.”

Currently, only 32 percent of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school, and studies show that by 2025 that number must be 55 percent to meet workforce demands. Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative is designed to address that workforce need on several fronts, including the funds for the state’s colleges of applied technology and community colleges.

The new equipment for Northeast State Community College will allow the school to expand its robotics manufacturing training lab, add a mechatronics training lab and upgrade equipment for its welding and machine tool programs. More than 200 advanced technologies students a year will benefit from the enhanced training capabilities provided by this grant.

Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly included almost $33 million in the state budget this year toward building a technical education complex at Northeast State.

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Vol State Receives Workforce Development Grant

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; October 1, 2013:

GALLATIN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a workforce development grant of $259,700 for Volunteer State Community College for establishing a networking laboratory for a new computer information science program.

The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges, part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.

These strategic investments resulted from the governor meeting with businesses and education officials across the state last fall to better understand workforce development needs. One of the most common themes he heard was the lack of capacity and equipment at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges to meet job demand, so these grants are aimed at addressing those gaps.

“Currently, only 32 percent of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school, and studies show that by 2025 that number must be 55 percent to meet workforce demands,” Haslam said. “We must have qualified Tennesseans to fill those positions, and these grants are going to have an immediate impact because these programs have high placement rates in fields that are looking to fill jobs now.”

The equipment at Volunteer State Community College will provide computer science training that includes cyber-security, data analysis, mobile application programming, Voice Over Internet Protocol and virtualization training. Volunteer State will develop a program designed to reduce the cost and time it takes IT students to obtain high-wage professional jobs. The program will provide hands-on skills training as well as critical thinking ability.

According to the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research, occupations in computer and information systems security are among the state’s most under-supplied career pathways. A Georgetown University study estimated about 7,000 computer and mathematical science jobs in Tennessee will require at least an associate degree by 2018.

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Ducktown to Get Transportation Grant for Sidewalks, Lighting

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; July 11, 2013:

DUCKTOWN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $256,791 transportation grant for Ducktown to replace sidewalks and install new street lighting, landscaping and new crosswalks at the intersection of Main Street and State Route 68.

The project is Phase I of the Pedestrian Enhancement Project located on Main Street within Ducktown’s historic downtown area. The improvements are the first in a two-phase project to rehabilitate Main Street.

“This project will improve safety and mobility for pedestrians while also promoting the redevelopment of downtown Ducktown,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and projects such as this help strengthen the livability of our communities and the quality of life for residents.”

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally-funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by TDOT.

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and state Rep. Eric Watson (R-Cleveland) represent Polk County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Haslam Announces Nearly $450K Grant for Harriman Greenway Project

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; Sept. 5, 2012: 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $447,776 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Harriman for Phase I of the Riverfront Greenway Project.

The greenway trail is part of the city’s Riverfront Property Development Plan, which seeks to improve the overall development of property along the Emory River. Phase I will consist of nearly 1500 feet of ten foot wide asphalt trail beginning at a new trailhead area near Roane Street. The trail will continue in a southeast direction along the river, ending at Morgan Avenue in the Cornstalk Heights district. The trail will provide access to an existing park and soccer fields located along the Emory River.

“It is wonderful to see communities across the state creating a network of greenways, trails and walkways for residents and visitors,” Haslam said. “When complete, this project will link key destination points in Harriman through alternative transportation while also providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and State Representative Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) represent Roane County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Clarksville Gets $626K Transportation Grant for River Trail Project

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, August 16, 2012: 

CLARKSVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $626,360 transportation enhancement grant to Clarksville for a project that extends a trail along the Red River and completes a walkway in the downtown River District.

The grant funds Segment I of the Clarksville River Trail, the first of two sections of a multi-use, north-south trail segment extending from the merge of the Cumberland and Red Rivers and continuing north along the Red River for approximately 1,500 feet.

The project also completes a pedestrian walkway in the downtown River District by joining the city’s North Extension Riverwalk, including construction of the 12-foot-wide trail and installation of landscaping, benches and signage regarding points of interest and historical significance.

“This project will provide Clarksville residents and visitors with a significant alternative transportation opportunity while also enhancing the city’s downtown district,” Haslam said. “When complete, the project will create a great network of multi-use trails that connect key areas of the city and improve the quality of life for citizens.”

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by TDOT. A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

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Transportation Grants Announced for Memphis: $1.5M

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 26, 2012:

MEMPHIS – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced three transportation enhancement grants to the city of Memphis totaling nearly $1.5 million.

The grants will provide $666,523 to fund Phase 4 of the Wolf River Greenway, $285,944 to the Highway 61 Blues Trail, and $529,436 to the first phase of the Walker Avenue Streetscape project.

“While each of these projects is very unique in nature, they all serve to enhance lives of those who live and visit the city of Memphis,” Haslam said. “These investments create new recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, showcase the city’s heritage, and make much needed safety improvements for pedestrians.”

Phase 4 of the Wolf River Greenway will add a 1.1-mile segment that runs east from a trailhead adjacent to McLean Avenue to a trailhead located next to Hollywood Avenue. This section will function as a stand-alone segment, eventually linking to Rodney Baber Park to the north and then Douglass Park east of Hollywood Avenue.

The Highway 61 Blues Trail project is designed to recognize and promote blues music’s heritage in Tennessee and Memphis. The project will make physical improvements to an 11-mile section of Highway 61, from the Mississippi state line to Crump Boulevard. These improvements will consist of trail marker, directional and historic site designation signage; blues music crosswalks; gateway art projects; and landscaping at key intersections.

The Walker Avenue Streetscape project will begin at the intersection of Highland Street and Walker Avenue and continue east to the intersection of Brister Street. The project will modify parking areas to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic, replace existing sidewalks and add striping and signage for bicycles lanes. New landscaping, park benches, bicycle racks and pedestrian lighting will be added. The project will also create a focal point with the creation of a pedestrian plaza area.

“Through transportation enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grants are made possible through a federally-funded program administered by TDOT. A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sens. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis), Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) and Ophelia Ford (D-Memphis) and state Reps. G.A. Hardaway (D-Memphis), Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis) and Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) represent portions of Shelby County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

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Haslam Hands Out $620K for ‘Pedestrian Amenities’ in Downtown Dickson

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 25, 2012: 

DICKSON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a grant of more than $620,000 to improve the pedestrian experience in downtown Dickson.

The Transportation Enhancement grant is $627,782 and will go toward Phase II of the Downtown Improvement Project, located on Main Street (State Route 48) from Railroad Street to East Walnut Street.

The project will add pedestrian sidewalks with brick pavers, crosswalks, ornamental street lighting, and other pedestrian amenities. A portion of Main Street will also be resurfaced, and new landscaping will be added.

“This project will further Dickson’s efforts to give its downtown a more vibrant, inviting appearance,” Haslam said. “When complete, the project will have positive impacts on the local economy, making downtown areas more accessible to residents and visitors.”

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the program.

“Through transportation enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grant is made possible through a federally-funded program administered by TDOT.

State Sen. Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) and state Rep. David Shepard (D-Dickson) represent Dickson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.