Industrial Programs

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:

Community Project Source Amount
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
Total $11,487,500

The following are pending applications for 2014-2015 at differing levels of the approval process:

Community Project Source Amount
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
Total $3,450,000