Quarterly Report

First Tennessee Development District
4th Quarter Status Report

October — December 2017

Economic and Community Development

The FTDD assisted the following communities with Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) pre-applications:

Elizabethton

Hancock County

Johnson City

Johnson County

New loans were made to businesses in the Town of Unicoi and downtown Johnson City.

Nine requests for Section 106 Review were submitted to the Tennessee Historical Commission during the quarter. Section 106 Reviews are required by the state and federal governments to ensure that ongoing federally funded projects do not impact significant historical sites in the region.

Economic and demographic data is available here

Industrial Programs

During the quarter, the District assisted the following communities with Fast Track Infrastructure Development Program (FIDP) funds  and Economic Development Funds  (ED) from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TECD):

  • City of Bristol - Attended a meeting to discuss a potential FIDP application for infrastructure project.
  • Washington County - Worked on maps and continued discussing a potential business park in Washington County, TN.
  • Sullivan County- Meeting to discuss potential FIDP/EDA application to serve a prospective industrial park between three counties in the region.
  • Hawkins County- Meeting to discuss a potential FIDP application in Phipps Bend for the expansion of Techni-Glass.

The FTDD assisted the following communities with U. S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) funds:

  • City of Bristol, (Royal EDA) - Construction has begun, and is moving smoothly at this time.
  • Town of Greeneville, (C&C Millwright EDA) - The project has been progressing nicely over the last few months. The project is roughly roughly 60% complete.
  • City of Johnson City, (Mullican Flooring) - Submitted a proposal for approval to EDA. The project will increase efficiency at the WWTP to serve the facility.
  • City of Kingsport, (Eastman EDA) - The Raw Water Conveyance project construction is complete. A closeout package is in the process of being submitted to EDA.
  • Town of Mountain City, (Parkdale EDA) - The project has been bid and the preconstruction conference is over. Construction will begin early next quarter.

The FTDD assisted the following communities with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):

  • Hancock County, Project 95 - Phase I construction is complete. Phase II has been bid and construction should begin early first quarter.
  • Johnson County -All the equipment has been delivered and the project will be closed out in January 2018.
  • Mt. Carmel - Based on the issues at the plant, the Town plans to submit another application for work at the wastewater treatment plant. The survey is underway, with the application to be submitted in late February 2018.

The FTDD assisted the following communities with Appalachian Regional Commission funds (ARC):

  • Johnson County, (Parkdale ARC) - The project as originally designed is 100% complete. ARC recently awarded an amendment to purchase a new transformer in order to serve Parkdale and lower end of the County.

Housing Programs

During the quarter, the District assisted the following communities with THDA Emergency Repair Program for the Elderly or Disabled:

  • Bristol

Within the Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME Consortium, FTDD assisted the following communities with Homeownership Down Payment Assistance:

  • Bristol, VA
  • Johnson City
  • Washington County

Homeowner Rehabilitation Projects Status:

  • One Bluff City Rehabilitation is complete
  • One Johnson City Reconstruction is underway
  • One Kingsport Rehabilitation and Four Reconstructions are underway
  • One Sullivan County Reconstruction is underway

Work under the Johnson City CDBG Program consisted of:

  • Completion of One Emergency Repair Project
  • Completed the Reconstruction of 1 Home

Inspections are currently underway for additional projects

Projects under the Hancock County HOME Program included:

  • Rehabilitation projects complete

Projects under the New Tazewell HOME Program included:

  • Final Rehabilitation project completed Closeout Documents for this Grant were sent to THDA on September 19, 2017

Projects under Hamblen County HOME Grant

  • 7- Rehabilitation

Projects are underway Tennessee Housing Development Agency HOME Rehabilitation Grants:

  • Tier I Environmental Review Records are in the Public Comment Phase for:
    • Town of Mountain City
    • Town of Greeneville
    • City of Elizabethton
  • Tier II Site Specific Reviews completed:
    • Additional Projects in Hancock County, Town of Erwin, Town of Surgoinsville

Area Agency on Aging and Disability

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) provided:

  • SNAP Screenings – 1,026
  • SNAP Application Assistance – 60
  • 29 SNAP events at various senior centers, housing facilities, expos, health fairs, and SHIP Open Enrollment Events.

CHOICES provided the following services for the quarter:

  • 592 - Information, assistance and screening calls
  • 105 - Home visits to facilitate enrollment into CHOICES
  • 90 - Pre-Admission Evaluations and Medicaid applications submitted to TennCare and Department of Human Services
  • 114 - Referrals to Managed Care Organizations
  • 12 - Nursing home visits to counsel individuals and families on Long Term Services and Supports
  • 33 - Community Living Support Ombudsman visits

The Long Term Services and Supports Division (LTSS) of the Bureau of TennCare performed an audit of First Tennessee’s compliance with guidelines and timeframes associated with the AAAD referral process. We had an overall compliance score of 100%. There were no findings for the Information and Referral or Minimum Data Set (MDS) processes. TennCare did not have any guidance for the future at this time. Statewide CHOICES enrollment is 29,120 in all groups. 57.3% are in nursing homes and 42.7% in home based services.

The Public Guardian program served a total of 36 clients as follows:

Conservator of Person and Property – 33
Conservator of Person only – 3
2 new clients were admitted during this period
A total of 5 volunteers were utilized

Evidence-Based Programs and Caregiver Support Programs:

Participated in the Jonesborough 50+ Senior Expo providing information to 75 attendees.
Completed a 2-day leader training for Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshops to provide in our area.
Facilitated a Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop at the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center with 10 participants and 9 completing 4 or more workshops.
The Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon was held December 1 at Munsey Memorial Presbyterian Church with guest speaker, Angie Gibson, presenting “Laugh Out Loud.”. Thirteen caregivers and members of the TRC Coalition were in attendance for the luncheon.

143 individuals were referred to outside agencies for regular food boxes, utility bill assistance, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Salvation Army, Kingsport Meals on Wheels, Sheppard’s Corner, Department of Human Services and USFA home repair, Keystone Dental Clinic, and various churches.

402 individuals were contacted and served with holiday Christmas boxes.

Approved 8 individuals with the Emergency Assistance Program to help with utility bills, water bills, medications or rent.

Information & Referral received 2,258 calls and completed 269 long term care screenings.

The State Health Insurance Program had 4,102 client contacts, had 50 public and media events, 12 Medicare part D enrollment events reaching 202 Medicare beneficiaries, held 14 presentations and attended 24 health fairs/expos.

Environmental Management 

The Environmental Management Program staff worked on several projects that involved many of our local governments.  Staff assisted or implemented the following projects during the past quarter

  • Completed three (3) Environmental Review Records on THDA HOME Grants for the communities of Elizabethton, Greeneville and Mountain City.
  • Completed an Environmental Review Assessment for the Hancock County CDBG/ARC Call Center Project
  • Completed two (2) Environmental Reviews for Erwin’s CDBG Ambulance Grant and CDBG Façade Grant
  • Completed an Environmental Review for Sneedville’s ARC Auto Read Meters project
  • Completed two (2) Tier II Reviews for Appalachian Service Project’s housing reconstruction projects in Johnson City
  • Completed two (2) Tier II Reviews for the Johnson City under the CDBG Home Rehabilitation program
  • Completed two (2) Tier II Environmental Reviews for Johnson City under the NE TN/VA HOME Consortium program
  • Completed one (1) Tier II Environmental Review for Bristol under the NE TN/VA HOME Consortium program.
  • Completed two (2) Tier II Environmental Reviews for the Hancock County THDA HOME Grant.
  • Attended the TDEC/TDOT Litter and Tire Grant Workshop
  • Coordinated an Informational Webinar regarding Recycling Equipment for interested Solid Waste Directors, Highway Superintendents and a Private Sector Company.
  • Facilitated Quarterly Conference call with TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management and Development Districts’ staff.
  • Worked on the Environmental Review for the Greeneville CDBG Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project.
  • Worked on Solid Waste Management District Needs Assessments for Hancock and Washington Counties.

Rural Planning Organization

First Tennessee RPO staff assisted local transportation representatives and elected officials with numerous requests concerning rural transportation.  The RPO was also involved in the following projects and initiatives:

  • Coordinated a meeting of the RPO Technical Committee with presentations on corridor management agreements, services provided by the Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program, and local project updates.
  • Attended meetings concerning the US 11E Corridor Management Agreement.
  • Worked with TDOT and local stakeholders to identify critical rural freight corridors for potential funding.
  • Attended the Rural Regional Plan kickoff meeting for Dale Hollow RPO
  • Attended a Bristol Rail Coalition meeting
  • Participated in meetings of area transportation planning agencies.
  • Participated in the Tri-Cities Regional Transit Summit in Jonesborough.
  • Attended the NADO National Regional Transportation Conference
  • Completed safety requests for Sullivan County and the Town of Mount Carmel.
  • Updated the interactive map of TDOT projects, available on the RPO webpage.

Visit Rural Planning Organization page to learn more about the District’s RPO program and access the various online interactive map tools.  

Planning 

The First Tennessee Development District local planning staff assisted communities, Planning Commissions, Boards of Zoning Appeals and developers in the following areas:

  • Staffed 33 planning commission meetings.
  • Staffed 10 boards of zoning appeals meetings.
  • Staffed 4 meetings of a local legislative body.
  • Staffed 4 other local meetings concerning development and land-use controls.
  • Reviewed 12 requests for zoning variances.
  • Prepared 3 zoning ordinance amendments.
  • Reviewed 2 requests for rezoning and prepared maps and ordinances.
  • Reviewed 1 preliminary plat for a total of 2 lots and 2.37 acres.
  • Reviewed 28 subdivision plats including a total of 63 lots and 151.69 acres.
  • Reviewed 14 community development site plans for a total of 14 lots and 26.8 acres.
  • Provided continuing education opportunities on the topics of zoning and major thoroughfare plans for 1 planning commission or boards of zoning appeals totaling 2.5 hours of CEU’s for 5 individuals.

Special Projects

  • Continued maintenance and updates on the FTDD website.
  • Continued work with the Food Access Policy Working Group as part of a regional collaboration between the FTDD, Second Harvest, Feeding America Southwest Virginia; host and oversee (in partnership with Second Harvest and Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)) an Appalachian Transitional fellow to help further that work.
  • Begun planning a Regional Food Policy 101 presentation in partnership with Second Harvest, ASD, and elected officials in NE Tennessee and SW Virginia.
  • Coordinated outreach and promotion of Retail Academy for area communities to increase retail recruitment in five communities in NE Tennessee.
  • Planned and carried out the 51st Semi-Annual FTDD Board Meeting, held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton.
  • Continued outreach with regional Anti-Drug Coalitions to provide support for regional efforts for a healthy workforce.
  • Assisted various regional tourism organizations with planning and implementation of projects to promote local tourism events, including Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center, Main Street Greeneville, Appalachian High County Wine American Viticulture Area, and Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association.

Workforce & Literacy Initiatives

  • Work Ethic Diploma:
    • Mechanization of the diploma is being funded by the Niswonger Foundation and is expected to launch this fall.
    • Promotion of the diploma has been done throughout the region at various civic clubs and in professional development settings for schools.
  • All area high schools should have students working toward this distinction beginning with the 2017/18 school year.
    • Work Ready Community (WRC):
      • Regional team members attended the third academy in Nashville which focused on the education perspective of Work Ready Community.
      • A regional press conference was held to announce that all counties are not officially listed as participating in the Work Ready Community Initiative on the ACT national website.  Coverage has been favorable and widespread.
      • County level meetings have now been held in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, and Unicoi Counties.
      • Working on special pricing with ACT to reduce the costs for school systems to begin using the curriculum and begin the NCRC testing in the high schools.
      •  The Communications department at ETSU will have a student team working with the District on WRC fall semester.
      • FTDD’s Director of Workforce Initiatives continues to promote WRC through presentations to various stakeholder groups around the region.
  • Educational Development Index (EDI):
    • Presentations on need and the potential to fund have been made to chamber and economic development leaders
    • Presentations have been made to Eastman Chemical.
    • Official project proposals are being finalized with ETSU for submissions to Eastman Foundation, MSHA, Wellmont, BCBST, and Niswonger.  As ETSU will be the fiscal agent, they are taking the lead on this work.
  • Career Quest TN:
    • The contract with ETSU has been signed for Career Quest TN 2018 to be held April 12th and 13th.
    • All core team members have agreed to continue to serve.
    • Kick-off for planning meetings begins in August.
  • Faith-Based Addiction Recovery Events:
    • The District is partnering with the State of Tennessee and ETSU on Adoration 2017, which will be held on the campus of ETSU.
    • FTDD’s Director of Workforce Initiatives is serving on the regional event team coordinating the Holy Friendship Summit planned for May of 2018.  The summit will include national speakers and is in partnership with Duke Divinity School.

Calendar of Events

 

To learn more about upcoming events, please visit the District Calendar