Lee, Rolfe announce site development grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions March 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn., concerning the state's response to the coronavirus. (Mark Humphrey / AP photo)


Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today eight new Site Development Grants, totaling more than $2.3 million.

One Lakeway Area project, by the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board, awarded $100,000 for due diligence studies at Phipps Bend Industrial District near Surgoinsville.

“These funds will continue to help Tennessee communities attract jobs and enhance the quality of life for their residents," Lee said. "I congratulate the recipients and thank them for their efforts in building and growing businesses here in Tennessee.”

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.

“As we recruit new industry and support the growth of existing Tennessee companies, it is critical for us to have a robust inventory of shovel-ready sites,” Rolfe said. “I’m proud to announce that TNECD has provided 100 Site Development Grants since 2016 to help our communities build out this inventory. The eight newest grants will enable these communities to prepare their sites and increase their ability to attract new jobs and private sector investment.”

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 100 Site Development Grants across the state, totaling nearly $35 million in assistance to local communities.

Other grants awarded this round include:

• Bristol Tennessee Essential Services: Bristol Business Park, $500,000 – Grade and prepare a site.

• Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board: Corporate Business Park South, $229,687 – Construct an industrial access road.

• Decatur County: Highway 641 Industrial Site, $498,750 – Grade and prepare a site and construct an access road.

• Industrial Development Board of Coffee County: Middle Tennessee I-24 Rail Megasite, $100,000 – Conduct due diligence studies.

• Industrial Development Board of Fentress County: Clarkrange Regional Business Park, $500,000– Grade and prepare a site.

• Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Lawrence County: Lawrenceburg Industrial Park, $87,300 – Conduct due diligence studies.

• Lexington Industrial Development Board: Timberlake Industrial Site, $294,582 – Grade and prepare a site.

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.