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Tennessee’s Public Infrastructure Needs Survey shows Projects in Northeast Tennessee Top 3.1 Billion

Northeast Tennessee’s public infrastructure needs top $3.1 billion, roughly 5% of the $58.6 billion in identified needs statewide. This is according to the newly released Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) annual report. Infrastructure needs in the region are down $125.9 million from last year’s report.

This year’s report, compiled in part by the staff of the First Tennessee Development District, from information provided by state and local officials highlights the region’s top infrastructure needs.

They are:

· Transportation - $1.52 Billion

· Post-Secondary Education - $348.6 Million

· School Renovations - $161.6 Million

· Water & Wastewater - $124.7 Million

· New Public Schools & Additions - $116.2 Million

· Recreation - $73.6 Million

· Law Enforcement – $23.6 Million

· Community Development - $16.6 Million

The region’s top three needs, as identified by TACIR, mirror the top three needs identified statewide. This year Transportation, post-secondary education, and school renovations needs across Tennessee total $42.7 billion.

This year’s report, like last year’s, includes a statewide overview chapter that provides information by type of infrastructure, the condition and needs of our public-school facilities, the availability of funding to meet reported needs, and a comparison of county-area needs. Following that section, one-page summaries for each county-area list the estimated cost for all types of infrastructure by stage of development. Further detailed county-area information about each type of infrastructure in the inventory, along with relevant legislation, inventory forms, and a glossary of terms, can be found in the appendixes to the report.

Full Report:

TACIR Mission

TACIR’s mission is to serve as a forum for the discussion and resolution of intergovernmental problems, provide high quality research support to state and local government officials in order to improve the overall quality of government in Tennessee and to improve the effectiveness of the intergovernmental system to better serve the citizens of Tennessee.


For all questions on TACIR, please contact Misty Bradley,

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