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Published: October 8, 2019


TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE AND DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER BOB ROLFE ANNOUNCED RECENTLY THE 59 COUNTIES THAT WILL RECEIVE THREESTAR GRANTS. IN TOTAL, 2.4 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING IS BEING AWARDED TO TENNESSEE COMMUNITIES THROUGH THIS ROUND OF THE PROGRAM.  THE GRANTS WILL BE USED FOR A VARIETY OF LOCAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES, INCLUDING EDUCATION, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, AMONG OTHERS THAT ARE PRIORITIZED BY THE COMMUNITIES. TO BE ELIGIBLE EACH COUNTY MUST MEET ALL THREESTAR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, DEVELOP AN ASSET-BASED STRATEGIC PLAN AND DESIGN A PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT A GOAL FROM ITS STRATEGIC PLAN. THE 59 COUNTIES WERE SELECTED OUT OF 78 APPLICATIONS.  GRANTS AWARDED IN OUR AREA INCLUDE: BEDFORD $30,000; GILES: $50,000; HARDIN: $50,000; HICKMAN: $40,000; LEWIS: $20,000; MARSHALL: $50,000 AND WAYNE COUNTY: WAYNE: $50,000.