Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady announced last week that improvements in the county’s infrastructure will lead to new jobs.
Brady explained that last fall, Grundy County worked with two agribusinesses – Silver Bait and Campbell’s Poultry Operations – to grow their business and create significate jobs in the county. However, infrastructure issues and needed improvements stood in the way of expanding area businesses.
Brady says a pre-application for $230,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission was submitted with the hopes of utilizing awarded funds to make needed improvements. The grant was to extend three-phase power to these agribusinesses which would enable them to grow and expand their operations.
ARC pre-applications are submitted to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. TDECD completes an initial review of the request and forwards a recommendation to the Governor including an invitation to submit an application for funding.
“Governor Haslam recommended this project to ARC for funding, the application was submitted and we are happy and excited that the grant received final approval,” stated Brady.
“Funding for this project will facilitate new capital investment of the agri-businesses of almost $6 million and create 28 new full-time jobs.
“We are excited about these expansions and employment opportunities in Grundy County. We will continue to pursue every avenue and resource to bring Jobs to Grundy County. We are currently in conversation and hope to have further news of employment in our beloved Grundy County in the near future,” Brady concluded.