Union City, South Fulton awarded grants for infrastructure improvements
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 8:30 pm
South Fulton and Union City have both been awarded grants to assist in infrastructure improvements.
The grants were an-nounced Thursday afternoon by Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Com-munity Development Com-missioner Bill Hagerty.
South Fulton has been awarded a $500,000 grant to be used for sewer system improvements. Funding for the $576,000 project will include $76,000 in local funds.
Union City has been awarded a $300,000 grant to be used for a counseling center. Funding for the $830,849 project will include $530,849 in local funds.
“As we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, the proper infrastructure must support existing and future businesses,” Haslam said. “I am pleased the State of Tennessee is able to partner with our local communities to make these projects a reality.”
The grant dollars for both projects were provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.
“Community development is essential in growing the economy and creating a business friendly environment,” Hagerty said. “CDBG grants allow communities to take the steps needed that will ultimately encourage existing businesses to expand and future companies to relocate and invest in Tennessee.”
The grant for Union City was approved following an application by Union City and with the support of Mayor Terry Hailey, while South Fulton’s grant was approved following application by the city and with the support of Mayor David Crocker. Both efforts also had the support of state Sen. Roy Herron and state Rep. Bill Sanderson, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Congressman Stephen Fincher aided in securing the funds.
Allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known. The CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the De-partment of Economic and Community Development.
The Tennessee Depart-ment of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.
Published in The Messenger 11.11.11