The First Tennessee Development District, and more specifically the recently established Industrial Programs Department, provides economic development support within the eight counties that make up the FTDD. The purpose of the Industrial Programs Department is to foster an environment conducive to industries expanding or locating to the region by providing grant writing and administrative services.
In order to promote the area for a successful economic development project, there must be coordination between several people throughout the grant process. Most projects include input from the municipal or county mayor, local economic development professionals, funding agency representatives, company representatives, and engineers.
Once a grant has been written and funded, an entity typically relies on the District for grant administration to ensure funding agency guidelines are followed. These administrative services include performing environmental reviews, assisting communities and engineers with the bidding process, organizing requests for payment applications, assisting with acquisition activities, complying with labor standards, and completing project close-out procedures.
Infrastructure-funding programs used to assist industries include: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rural Development (RD), Fast Track Infrastructure Development Program (FIDP), and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Once new grant opportunities become available, the Industrial Programs Department will utilize them to maximize the potential for regional economic development success.
The Industrial Programs Department wrote and administered the following grant applications over the past year:
|Johnson County||Waterline Extension||CDBG||498,500|
|Johnson County||Waterline Extension||EPA||87,000|
|Mt. Carmel||WWTP Improvements||CDBG||500,000|
|Greeneville||C&C Millwright/Intake Project||EDA||1,205,000|
|Kingsport||Eastman/Raw Water Conveyance||EDA||1,500,000|
|Mosheim||US Nitrogen/WWTP Improvements||EDA||1,000,000|
|Bristol||Dynamic Recycling/Grading, Electrical||FIDP||58,000|
|Bristol||Royal Building Products/Rail Spur||FIDP||2,000,000|
|Greeneville||Angus Palm/Water System Improvements||FIDP||375,000|
|Greene County||US Nitrogen/Water System Upgrades||FIDP||923,000|
|Greene County||HUF/Water System Upgrades||FIDP||425,000|
|Hancock County||Kiefer Manufacturing/Gas Line||FIDP||200,000|
|Sullivan County||Bell Helicopter/Grading Project||FIDP||866,000|
|Carter County||NCI/Watauga Industrial Park||TDOT||850,000|
|Tusculum||Jarden Zinc/Access Road||TDOT||800.000|
The following are pending applications for 2014-2015 at differing levels of the approval process:
|Johnson County||Fire Equipment||CDBG||300,000|
|Unicoi||Kitchen Incubator Project||EDA||340,000|
|Bristol||Reclaimed Resources/Water & Sewer||FIDP||750,000|
|Carter County||NCI/Grading Project||FIDP||450,000|
|Greeneville||Walters State/Campus Expansion||FIDP||500,000|
|Hawkins County||Barrette Outdoor Living/Rail Spur||FIDP||750,000|
|Sullivan County||Chef Minute Meals/Sewer Extension||FIDP||160,000|
|Carter County||Project Albuquerque Access Road||TDOT||100,000|
|Washington County||Quint-C/Industrial Access Road||TDOT||100,000|