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Grundy County Awarded Site Development Grant

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12:17 pm

$500,000 award will be used to improve the Pelham Industrial Park
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced last week that Grundy County is among 13 communities receiving more than $5 million in Site Development Grant funding.
The Site Development Grant program is part of the larger Rural Economic Opportunity Act supported by the Tennessee General Assembly for the last three years.
“I would like to congratulate the 13 communities receiving Site Development Grants,” Lee said. “One of Tennessee’s major initiatives is helping rural communities, and with the assistance of these grants, these communities will be better positioned for economic success and investment. I look forward to seeing these communities continue to grow and excel.”
The grants are intended to help rural communities overcome barriers to achieve Select Tennessee site certification and prepare them to receive economic development projects that will create jobs in their communities. The funds assist communities in completing infrastructure needs and making engineering improvements on project-ready sites.
“Addressing poverty must be a priority for Grundy County. Living wages are essential and industry will be a key component to obtaining needed employment. We are very appreciative for the support from the State and hopeful for future jobs in Grundy County,” stated Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady.
“Through the Site Development Grants, we are partnering with these communities to help them remain competitive in the economic development game by creating project-ready sites,” said Sammie Arnold, TNECD assistant commissioner of Community and Rural Development. “With this investment, we expect to see more job creation and anticipate future growth in these communities.”
Pelham Industrial Park
Through the Site Development Grant, Grundy County was awarded $500,000. The funds will be used at the Pelham Industrial Park for the grading of nine acres, extension of the access road, and a water line and sewer line.
“When a company is looking to expand or locate new operations in our state, one of the most important assets a community can have to land a project is a shovel-ready site,” Rolfe said. “I am proud of these 13 communities for taking the initiative to be better prepared for economic growth with the assistance of the Site Development Grants.”
“Through the Site Development Grants, we are partnering with these communities to help them remain competitive in the economic development game by creating project-ready sites,” said Sammie Arnold, TNECD assistant commissioner of Community and Rural Development. “With this investment, we expect to see more job creation and anticipate future growth in these communities.”
The Site Development Grant program works in cooperation with the department’s Select Tennessee Site Certification program.
Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Austin Consulting, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and USDA Rural Development.