From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Last Thursday, Governor Haslam and newly appointed Commissioner of Economic Development Bob Rolfe announced that 18 Tennessee communities had received “Site Development Grants” from the state as a part of the “Economic Development Act” passed in 2016. The total amount awarded to all 18 communities was $6.2 million dollars. The purpose of the grants is to help communities prepare industrial sites for new business. As a part of the new development program, Clarkrange Regional Business Park will receive $500,000.00. The identified purpose of this grant is to refurbish approximately 7,300 feet of water line from the new water tank in Clarkrange to the entrance of the Business Park. This will increase the potential volume of water available to the interior of the park making the park that much more marketable to potential industry partners.

     These grants assist communities in finalizing infrastructure and site improvements for “Select Tennessee Certified Sites” or for sites planning on going through certification process. These grants prepare sites for potential new business opportunities, operations and jobs. The size of the grants varied from a low of $92,000.00 awarded to Franklin County to the largest value of $500,000.00 awarded to Clarkrange Regional Business Park and Knox County Eastbridge Business Park.

     We wish to congratulate the Fentress County Industrial Development Board and Manager Scott Sandman for their continued efforts in obtaining this grant. Providing potential opportunities for the citizens of Fentress County is one of the top priorities of the ID Board and Fentress County Government. Additionally, we continue to lobby TDOT and Governor Haslam to begin the Highway 127 Project. We feel that completing that highway project, coupled with these additional grant opportunities, will increase the probability of attracting a new business to the park.

     This Thursday, March 30, we will be traveling to Cookeville to meet with Commissioner Rolfe to discuss the new grant. The Commissioner will host a public hearing at the Putnam County Courthouse. We are looking forward to meeting the Commissioner and discussing new and existing strategies for industrial development in Fentress County.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1508509479Tytnu1508509479oCsse1508509479rtneF1508509479@skci1508509479H.adn1508509479amA1508509479. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.