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State Awards Nearly $125K in Workforce Training Grants

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; February 13, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis have awarded $124,713 in job training grants to eight companies across the state. Incumbent Worker Training grants assist employers with upgrading skills and avoiding layoffs for their employees.

“If Tennessee is going to become the number one location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs, then we must offer a well-trained workforce to employers,” said Governor Haslam. “This kind of training grant not only helps educate workers, but also provides incentive to employers looking to relocate or expand in Tennessee.”

“Both job creation and retention are vital in maintaining a healthy economy in Tennessee, and the Incumbent Worker Training program has played a key role in accomplishing this,” said Commissioner Davis. “Since the program’s inception, Incumbent Worker Training grants have assisted more than 600 businesses by providing $14 million to train approximately 50,000 employees.”

The Incumbent Worker program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business’s training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training. The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills.

The Incumbent Worker Training Program is funded by the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and administered by the Workforce Development division within the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA contact), and the local career center.

Follow the link below for a list of companies receiving Incumbent Worker Training Grants
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/news/February2013JobTrainingAwards.shtml.

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Haslam Requests Disaster Recovery Assistance from SBA

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; February 11, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Henderson County and the contiguous counties recover from wind, tornado and flooding damages that occurred on Jan. 29, 2013. The additional counties that would be eligible for SBA loans are Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardin and Madison as damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.

A survey by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the SBA indicates more than 25 homes and businesses in Henderson County sustained uninsured losses of 40 percent or more of their estimated pre-disaster fair market value.

“If Henderson County is designated by SBA, the assistance provided will help Tennesseans rebuild in the wake of these storms,” Haslam said.

The damage survey in Henderson County identified 37 homes with major damages, and 146 homes with minor damages. There were 11 businesses identified with major damages and two businesses with minor damages.

The SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

To request a SBA designation for a county, the state must first be sure the state and affected communities will not qualify for the federal individual assistance program.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and county officials have determined that Henderson and other counties affected by the January storm would not qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s individual assistance programs based on a formal assessment of the damages.

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TDEC to Hold Workshops on Recreational Grant Application Process

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; January 29, 2013:

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has announced a series of helpful workshops in February, designed to explain the grant application process for the department’s Recreational Trails or Tennessee Recreation Initiative programs.

Recreational Trails Program

Kicking off the 2013 Recreational Trails Program grant cycle, TDEC’s Division of Recreation Educational Services will host three workshops on Tuesday, February 12, in each grand division of the state. These workshops are specifically geared toward eligible applicants, such as government officials, parks and recreation departments and non-profit organizations.

Recreational Trails Program grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails, and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors. Federal, state and local government agencies may apply, as well as non-profit organizations that have obtained IRS 501(c)(3) status and have a written trail management agreement with the agency that owns the property where the trail project is located.

The February 12, 2013, workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (local times apply) at the following locations:

  • Environment and Conservation’s Jackson Environmental Field Office, 1625 Hollywood Drive, Jackson, Tenn., 38305
  • Environment and Conservation’s Downtown Nashville Central Office, 401 Church Street, L&C Tower, 17th Floor Conference Room, Nashville, Tenn., 37243
  • Environment and Conservation’s Knoxville Environmental Field Office, 3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., 37921
  • Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state of Tennessee.

The application deadline for the 2013 Recreational Trails Programs grant cycle is May 3, 2013, at 4 p.m. (Central), and may be submitted in CD format (no binders will be accepted). The RTP grant is an 80/20 percent match, with a minimum grant of $20,000 ($5,000 match required) and a maximum grant of $200,000 ($50,000 match required).

For more information about the upcoming RTP application workshop or to register, contact Carol Thompson at (615) 532-0208 or carol.h.thompson@tn.gov; or contact Recreation Educational Services at (615) 532-0748 or tdec.res@tn.gov.

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program

TDEC also is soliciting Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program grant applications from local governments that do not currently have established parks or recreation departments (or a previously established department). TRIP grants help communities create recreation opportunities for citizens by assisting with the establishment of a parks department. A workshop will be held in Nashville on Wednesday, February 20, beginning at 10 a.m. (Central) at TDEC’s Downtown Nashville Central Office (401 Church Street, L&C Tower) in the 10th Floor Conference Room.

The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program was created in 1995 by the General Assembly and administered through TDEC. The TRIP program provides grants to hire a professional director, establish a recreation office and to hire other staff as needed. Eligible incorporated cities or county governments may apply for funding through a competitive matching grant process.

During the 2013 grant cycle, a maximum of three grants will be awarded on the basis of need and population for any city or county in Tennessee. The grant is offered over a three-year period. During the first two years of the program, the community will be required to match up to $50,000. The community is responsible for 100 percent of the funding during the third year.

TRIP grant applications are due March 29, 2013, and may be submitted on a CD (no binders will be accepted). For more information about the upcoming TRIP application workshop or to register, contact Carol Thompson at (615) 532-0208 or carol.h.thompson@tn.gov; or contact Recreation Educational Services at (615) 532-0748 or tdec.res@tn.gov.

Information about both the RTP and TRIP grants, along with other recreation or conservation-based grant programs that may be available in the future, can be found on TDEC’s website at www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/.

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Haslam Announces $1.7M in Recycling Grants

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; December 13, 2012:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded approximately $1.7 million in Recycling Equipment and Hub / Spoke Grants for FY 2013 projects to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

“We are pleased to fund these 18 projects through the state’s Solid Waste Management Fund because they will promote and increase recycling across the state of Tennessee and engage partnerships among counties and municipalities,” Haslam said.

Recycling Equipment Grants

The Recycling Equipment Grant program helps encourage recycling and reduces the amount of solid waste going into Tennessee landfills. It was authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and is supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by Environment and Conservation. The fund receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state.

Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of an existing site or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing. Grants may be awarded to counties, cities, non-profit recycling organizations and solid waste authorities to help reach or exceed the goals set forth in the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991. Each recipient is required to match the state grant on a sliding scale basis. Local matching funds toward these 12 projects total more than $226,000.

Recycling Equipment Grants totaling $262,999 were awarded today to:

 

APPLICANT COUNTY GRANT AMT APPLICANT MATCH PROJECT/ EQUIP.
Carroll County Carroll $23,164 $5,791 Truck
Carter County Carter $25,000 $30,016 Conveyor system, separator and containers
Claiborne County Claiborne $24,000 $35,000 Compactors
Cumberland County Cumberland $20,400 $13,600 Fork Lift
Decatur County Decatur $25,000 $7,400 Conveyor / conveyor table
Fentress County Fentress $25,000 $20,000 Roll back truck
Jefferson County Jefferson $25,000 $52,372 Baler, conveyor
Lawrence County Lawrence $23,336 $5,834 Forklift
Lincoln County Lincoln $12,749 $5,464 Hoppers, lids, trailers, mini-cycler and glass crusher
McNairy County McNairy $22,750 $9,750 Baler, truck and containers
Sevier Solid Waste, Inc Sevier $25,000 $29,750 Baler
Washington County Washington $11,600 $11,600 Containers

 

Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants

A total of $1,436,178 was awarded in Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants to six regional recycling projects to facilitate and increase recycling efforts between counties and municipalities by promoting greater regional cooperation.  These grants also are authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund.

The Recycling Hub and Spoke Grant program assists in the development and expansion of a regional facility to collect, transport and process recyclable material for multi-county areas or municipalities.  Counties or multi-county areas in partnership with cities, solid waste authorities and nonprofit recycling organizations chartered in the state of Tennessee are eligible for the Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants. Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants announced today include:

 

APPLICANT COUNTY / PARTNERSHIP GRANT AMT PROJECT / EQUIP.
Marshall County In partnership with Maury, Giles, Lincoln and Bedford counties; and the cities of Lewisburg, Columbia, Petersburg, Chapel Hill, and Cornersville $300,000 Retrofits to recycling building, commercial kitchen equipment, scales, conveyor, upgrades to sort lines, and skid loader
City of Columbia Partnership with Maury and Marshall counties $225,000 Recycling truck
Goodwill Industries of Knoxville Partnership with Cocke and Grainger counties; and the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg $299,178 Baler, conveyors, skid loader, forklifts and front- load recycle bins
West TN Recycling Hub and Spoke – Chester County Administered by Chester County in partnership with Hardin and McNairy counties $99,000 (Chester)$88,600 (Hardin)$112,400 (McNairy) Scales, conveyor, glass crusher, containers, promotional / advertising and building demolition
Cumberland County Partnership between Cumberland County and the cities of Crossville, Crab Orchard and Pleasant Hill $300,000 Recycling facility development
City of Petersburg Partnership with Marshall County, serving the city of Petersburg, Marshall and Lincoln counties $12,000 Recycling trailer

 

More information about Recycling Equipment or Recycling Hub and Spoke grants may be found on the Department of Environment and Conservation’s website at www.tn.gov/environment/swm/grants.

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TDOT Announces $12.2 Million in Federal, State Grants for 13 TN Airports

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

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $12.2 million have been approved for 13 Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

  • Centerville (Hickman County) – Centerville Municipal Airport
  • Memphis (Shelby County) – DeWitt Spain General Aviation Airport
  • Chattanooga (Hamilton County) – Lovell Field
  • Savannah (Hardin County) – Savannah-Hardin County Airport
  • Cleveland (Bradley County) – Cleveland Municipal Airport
  • Smithville (DeKalb County) – Smithville Municipal Airport
  • Columbia (Maury County) – Maury County Regional Airport
  • Shelbyville (Bedford County) – Shelbyville Municipal Airport
  • Covington (Tipton County) – Covington Municipal Airport
  • Tri-Cities (Sullivan County) – Tri-Cities Regional Airport
  • Jackson (Madison County) – McKellar Sipes Regional Airport
  • Tullahoma (Coffee County) – Tullahoma Municipal Airport
  • Winchester (Franklin County) – Winchester Municipal Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2012/GrantDetails12-4-12.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

TDOT The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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More than $320K Awarded for Used Motor Oil Collection in TN

Press release from the Department of Environment & Conservation; November 21, 2012:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced $322,400 in collection grants to establish, upgrade and expand used motor oil collection centers in 21 counties across Tennessee.

“It’s important to educate citizens on the proper disposal of used motor oil, and the use of these convenient community collection centers can have a direct impact on the water quality of our lakes, streams and groundwater in Tennessee,” Haslam said.

Tennesseans who change their own motor oil generate more than one million gallons of used oil each year, which can pollute soil and water and interfere with the operation of sewer systems when not properly disposed. The General Assembly through the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 directed TDEC to assist local communities in collecting used oil and reducing its negative effects on the environment. Tennessee’s Solid Waste Management Act requires counties to have at least one place in the county where used oil can be properly disposed. Used Motor Oil Collection Grants are funded by a two cent deposit on every quart of oil purchased in the state.

The first priority for grant funding is to establish or expand collection sites in underserved areas. Other grants will fund improvement or replacement of equipment in existing public and private facilities. Equipment purchased through Used Motor Oil Collection Grants can include containers, used oil burners, containment structures, shelter covers and other items.

The Used Motor Oil Collection Grants announced today include:

Bledsoe County
Bledsoe     $7,600       Tanks, canopies, pads
City of Alcoa
Blount      $3,700       Tank, pump, absorbent
Campbell County
Campbell    $9,900        Tanks, canopies, pads, pump, absorbent
City of Jellico
Campbell   $13,800      Tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
City of LaFollette
Campbell     $4,600        Tank, canopy, pad, absorbent
Carroll County
Carroll              $8,500        Heater
Cheatham County
Cheatham       $12,300      Tanks, canopies, pads
Chester County
Chester            $8,200         Tanks, canopies, pads
Clay County
Clay                  $11,300       Canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
City of Chattanooga
Hamilton         $20,500     Tanks, absorbents, crusher, heater
Hardeman County
Hardeman       $3,000       Crusher, absorbent
Hickman County
Hickman           $14,800     Tanks, pumps, absorbents
Town of White Pine
Jefferson           $1,200       Pump, absorbent
City of Athens
McMinn              $17,000   Heaters
McNairy County
McNairy             $16,300    Tank, canopy, pad, crusher, heater, pump, absorbent
Meigs County
Meigs                   $15,900    Tanks, canopies, pads, pumps, absorbents
Bi-County Solid Waste Management Montgomery County
Montgomery    $18,500    Tanks, heater
Polk County
Polk                      $9,200      Tanks, canopies, pads, absorbents
City of Harriman
Roane                  $13,800    Tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
City of Kingston
Roane                  $13,800    Tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
Roane County
Roane                  $15,700    Pump, tanks
Recycling Marketing Cooperative for Tennessee
Scott                     $16,300    Tank, canopy, pad, crusher, heater, pump, absorbent
Scott County
Scott                     $5,300       Tank, canopy, pad, absorbent
Town of Oneida
Scott                     $13,800     Tank, canopy, pad, pump, absorbent, heater
Smith County
Smith                   $4,100        Tank, canopy, pad
Sumner County
Sumner               $15,100      Tank, canopy, pad, crusher, heater
Union County Solid Waste Authority
Union                   $8,200       Tanks, canopies, pads

TOTAL  $322,400

Visit www.tn.gov/environment/swm/oil or call toll-free at 1-800-287-9013 for more information concerning used oil collection centers, operating hours, requirements for collection locations that accept commercial used oil and other facts about used oil.

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TDOT Announces Scenic Byway Grants

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; August 10, 2012: 

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that nearly $2.1 million in Tennessee Scenic Byways grants have been awarded for three projects across Tennessee. The grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration as part of their National Scenic Byways Program.

“Tennessee’s Scenic Byways Program is an important resource in highlighting the beautiful and historical features of our state,” said Commissioner Schroer. “Not only do these awards advance and support local and regional scenic highway organizations, they stimulate ongoing economic development opportunities in our local communities.”

The Great River Road-Tennessee National Scenic Byway received just over $1.5 million to construct a new visitor’s center for the byway at Reelfoot Lake. This center will serve as a gateway and point-of-interest stop for multistate visitors traveling the byway.

A bicycle and pedestrian master plan project for the Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway will receive $500,000. The project will address byway safety improvements and identify and prioritize future enhancement of the byway.

Nearly $20,000 was awarded to the Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway for the installation of interpretive displays at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center. These displays will serve to tell the story of the Cherokee Indian culture, logging history, and hummingbirds.

The Tennessee State Scenic Byways Program is designed to recognize and showcase outstanding cultural, historical, archeological, recreational, natural and scenic resources along Tennessee’s public highways. Program funding supports projects that help tell the story of Tennessee and its treasured people and places.

To learn more about Tennessee Scenic Byways, please visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/Byways/ or contact Pam Monjar, Program Coordinator, at (615) 741-6896.

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TDOT Approves $376K in Grants for 5 TN Airports

Press release from  the Tennessee Department of Transportation; August 10, 2012: 

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $376,623 have been approved for five Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

  • Lebanon (Wilson County) – Lebanon Municipal Airport
  • Smyrna (Rutherford County) – Smyrna Airport
  • Millington (Shelby County) – Millington Regional Jetport
  • Trenton (Gibson County) – Gibson County Airport
  • Savannah (Hardin County) – Savannah-Hardin County Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit:

http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2012/GrantDetails8-10-2012.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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Ramsey: Education Choice ‘Valid, Valuable, Growing in Popularity’

Op-Ed from Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; August 6, 2012: 

Our Republican majority in the state legislature have reached many of our goals these past two years. I’m very proud of our accomplishments. But there is still much left to do. One example is education reform.

Some might find this surprising. After all, Tennessee won the federal government’s Race to the Top Grant because of our willingness to reform. And reform we have. Tennessee has made truly great strides in education in recent years. Not only have we reformed tenure, we removed the monopoly held by Tennessee’s government employee union over our school boards.

Most recently we have implemented a teacher evaluation system where teachers are reviewed, and thus rewarded, based on their excellence.

We have clearly stayed true to my goal of striving to put a great teacher in every classroom. But there is much more to do.

Earlier this month, I saw a public opinion poll which revealed nearly 60 percent of Tennessee voters support opportunity scholarships (or vouchers as they are sometimes called). These scholarships would allow children who were not blessed to be born wealthy to use the money allocated for their education at a school of their choice.

Governor Bill Haslam currently has a task force hard at work on this issue. They continue to deliberate on how opportunity scholarships can be best implemented in Tennessee. I am eager to review their findings and get to work passing a bill that benefits all of Tennessee.

I was proud when, under the leadership of Sen. Brian Kelsey, the Tennessee Senate passed an opportunity scholarship bill in 2011. Unfortunately, the measure failed in the state House. But whether the bill that ultimately passes both houses ends up looking exactly like the one we passed last year, the important thing to realize is that concept of choice is valid, valuable and growing in popularity.

Many of this state’s schools are failing. By the objective criteria we have at our disposal, we now know there are children in certain counties of our state who are not only not getting the education they deserve — they are getting little, if any, quality education at all.

This is a disturbing realization but it is not one we can easily ignore. As I said, one of my primary goals in public service is to make sure every Tennessee student has a great Tennessee teacher. We can spend all the money we want on grand new school buildings, new computers and the latest in educational software but, at the end of the day, it’s good teachers who make good students.

If children in our failing schools do not believe they have good teachers, who are we to stand in the way of their seeking instruction elsewhere? We cannot continue to make students prisoners of geography. We must apply to education those principles we know work in the economic sphere.

As Republicans, we believe in the free market. We know that competition drives excellence. I believe it is time to infuse those principles, if only in a limited way, into our education system.

Studies have shown opportunity scholarships are successful in boosting graduation rates without draining resources from the public schools. Giving parents a choice and improving public schools can be done simultaneously.

According to a study led by Dr. Patrick Wolf at the University of Arkansas, the District of Columbia’s opportunity scholarship program increased the graduation rate of students who were merely offered vouchers by double-digits. The graduation rate of students that actually used vouchers grew 21%. These are impressive statistics. Coupled with the moral and economic rightness of allowing choice — this is a no brainer.

Tennessee has proved over the past few years that we are a state willing to think boldly when it comes to education reform.

And frankly, we don’t have much choice. Tennessee consistently ranks at the top of the nation’s states in numerous categories. Whatever the measure — be it our low tax rate, our high quality of life or our reputation as the best state in the nation to own and operate a business — Tennessee shines. Our rank among states in education stands in strong contrast. It must be remedied.

Opportunity scholarships would provide hope to the children of this state who most need it. We cannot continue to hover near the bottom of the pack in education. We have taken the first steps in reform — but there is still much left to do.

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Haslam Awards $230K Grant to Newbern for Amtrak Station, Biz District Connection

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 1, 2012: 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $229,789 transportation enhancement grant to the town of Newbern to fund the Depot Connection Project.

The project aims to improve connectivity between the Amtrak Station and the Newbern business district. The project includes the installation of four pedestrian crosswalks, landscaped pedestrian buffers, shade trees, and pedestrian lighting. Approximately 900 linear feet of sidewalks along Jefferson Street and East Main Street will also be replaced.

“The town of Newbern is home to one of only two Amtrak stations in Tennessee, and it brings hundreds of travelers to this community each year,” Haslam said. “This project will create a safe environment for pedestrian retail shoppers and can have a positive impact on the local economy. I’m pleased the state can assist with these efforts.”

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

“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 Mark Norris (R-Collierville), State Representative Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton), and State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) represent Dyer County in the Tennessee General Assembly.