Economic & Community Development

The First Tennessee Development District provides economic and community development services to its eight-county region. Through grant writing, the District assists communities in obtaining funds. Since 1989, the District has assisted communities with funding of 694 grant and loan projects in the amount of $220.1 million. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the District assisted communities with 19 projects totaling $6.1 million. In addition, four business loans were also issues totaling $512,000.

Economic Development

The FTDD has completed several economic development grant applications on behalf of municipalities and counties in order to provide job opportunities. Any economic development infrastructure project involves several key people, including a mayor or county mayor, economic development professionals, funding agency representatives, company representatives, and engineers.

Infrastructure funding programs include the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tennessee Small Cities Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), TDEC Clean Tennessee Energy Grant (CTEG), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Transportation Alternatives (TA), Tennessee Department of Transportation Multi Modal (TDOT-MM) Local Parks Recreation Fund (LPRF), Recreation Trails Program (RTP), Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program (TRIP), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDOA), and Tennessee Historic Commission (THC).

2020-2021 Economic Development Projects

The District has completed several community development grant applications on behalf of municipalities and counties. Community infrastructure programs include the Tennessee Small Cities Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Transportation Enhancement Act (TE), Local Parks Recreation Fund (LPRF), Recreation Trails Program (RTP), Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program (TRIP), Special Technical Assistance Grant (STAG) Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG).

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy was developed to serve as both a planning document and benchmarking tool for economic development within the FTDD region, which includes Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties. The CEDS document is available here for review

Administrative Services

Receiving funding is always good news to a community; however, administrative guidelines of grant programs must be followed to make the project a reality. These administrative services include completing an environmental review, assisting with the bidding process, organizing requests for payment applications, assisting with acquisition, complying with labor standards, and completing the project close out. During the past year, the District provided administrative services for 40 projects.

For additional information about the District’s Economic & Community Development Programs, please contact Ken Rea, 423-928-0224.