Congratulations to the City of Ripley and the City of Gates who were awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $525,000 and $333,260, respectively, from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The CDBG program assists communities in addressing infrastructure issues, safety needs and downtown improvements.
Ripley and Gates are utilizing the grants for much-needed rehabilitation to their aging infrastructure systems.
The announcement was made last month by Governor Bill Haslam:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure, health and safety projects, and downtown improvements.
“Community Development Block Grants play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Haslam said. “Working with our communities in making these improvements helps bring us one step closer toward our goal to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“Community development sets the stage for burgeoning economic development and when a community invests in itself, the private sector is more likely to invest in it as well,” Hagerty said. “I am pleased to see so many communities across the state eagerly taking steps not only to attract new business and encourage future growth, but also to create better living conditions for the families that reside there.”
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 Department of Economic and Community Development.