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Haslam Hands Out Grant ‘Jackpot’

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam rolled into this small city Tuesday with four poster-sized, ceremonial “big checks” to hand out, and Oliver Springs took home the lion’s share of those awards, reports The News Sentinel.
“Anderson County, Clinton and Oliver Springs have hit the jackpot today,” Haslam said during his brief visit. He handed out grants worth $961,000.
Haslam has made it a policy when possible to visit cities and counties for grant announcements.
“We’re really on the initial leg of announcing some CDBG grants across the state,” he said. “We get a lot of applications for this money,” he said of Community Development Block Grants, “and we can’t fulfill nearly as many requests as we have.”
Haslam said the CDBG grants — federal money funneled through the state — are focused on smaller communities and their infrastructure needs.
“They are for the real nuts and bolts of what cities and counties do.” Oliver Springs received a $500,000 CDBG grant for improvements to its water system and water treatment plant, along with a $100,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund award.

List of CDB Grants (Federal Funds) Recently Announced

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $23 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to assist with infrastructure improvements in Tennessee.
The pair announced recipients of the grants in East Tennessee today – West and Middle Tennessee grant recipients were announced earlier this month; a list of these recipients can be found here: http://news.tn.gov/node/8062.
“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 funds 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.”
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.
Below is a list of communities who were awarded grants:

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