NASHVILLE (June 28) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced Monday 15 new Site Development Grants, totaling more than $4.6 million.
Among the recipients is the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center in Union City, which is slated to receive a $475,000 Site Development Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant will be used to replace and extend water lines and upgrade a booster station at the site.
“This grant funding is a great investment in the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center and will create ripple effects on our local economy. I appreciate the work of our state and local officials involved with securing this funding and look forward to seeing the economic development and new jobs that will come as a result of this Site Development Grant,” State Rep. Tandy Darby said in a recent press release.
The grants are designed to help communities achieve Select Tennessee site certification and prepare industrial sites for economic development projects. The funding helps communities invest in infrastructure and engineering improvements on project-ready sites.
“Thanks to the support of our General Assembly, I’m pleased to announce 15 more communities that will participate in the Site Development Grants program,” Governor Lee said. “Strengthening and supporting rural Tennessee is one of my major priorities, and these grants will help our communities attract jobs and enhance economic growth.”
The Site Development Grant program, part of the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, works in tandem with TNECD’s Select Tennessee program. Since 2016, TNECD has awarded 115 Site Development Grants across the state, totaling nearly $39 million in assistance to local communities.
“Shovel-ready sites are key to recruiting new businesses to our state,” Rolfe said. “The Site Development Grant program brings a community one step closer to achieving Select Tennessee site certification and strengthens it as an attractive option for economic development opportunity.”
The grants awarded this round include:
- City of Brownsville
I-40 Advantage Industrial Park, $464,407 – Grade the site and construct an all-weather access road
- City of Dyersburg
Commerce Park Interstate Site, $439,110 – Extend water, sewer, and gas lines to the site
- City of Henderson
Henderson Industrial Site, $500,000 – Grade the site and conduct a rail study
- City of Humboldt
Gibson County Industrial Park South Site, $500,000 – Extend water and sewer lines and construct a pumping station at the site
- City of Lexington
Reeves Property, $349,883 – Grade and prepare the site
- City of Ripley
American Way Site, $435,670 – Replace water lines serving the site
- City of Union City
Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center, $475,000 – Replace and extend water lines and upgrade a booster station at the site
- Greene County Partnership
Hardin Industrial Park, $99,954 – Conduct due diligence studies
- Industrial Development Board of Robertson County
White House Business Park, $40,833 – Conduct due diligence studies
- Joint Industrial Development Board of Celina and Clay County
Mitchell Street Industrial Park, $500,000 – Grade the site and construct an all-weather access road
- Roane Alliance
Jones Road Site, $147,464 – Extend sewer lines to the site
- Scott County Industrial Development Board
Armstrong Property, $100,000 – Conduct due diligence studies
- Selmer-McNairy County Industrial Development Board
Selmer North Industrial Park, $57,000 – Conduct due diligence studies
- Tennessee Central Economic Authority
PowerCom Industrial Center North Campus, $31,500 – Conduct due diligence studies
- Town of Halls
Highway 209 Industrial Site, $494,950 – Property purchase
Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of TNECD, Austin Consulting, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and USDA Rural Development.
Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.