The Greene County Partnership has been named as the recipient of one of 15 new Site Development Grants through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The grants are designed to help communities achieve Select Tennessee site certification and prepare industrial sites for economic development projects.
The grant funding will be used to conduct due diligence studies for a portion of the Hardin Industrial Park in Greeneville, which consists of 140.2 acres with excellent proximity to Interstate 81 (13 miles) and US Highway 11E (1.3 miles) for access to major markets. “It is a great day for Greene County to receive funding to initiate the process to develop additional industrial sites to increase our inventory,” said Jeff Taylor, Greene County Partnership President and CEO. “Having multiple sites is necessary to remain competitive as families and companies continue to look to relocate and invest in our great community. This is the initial stage of a multi-year process to develop these new sites and the grant and development process will continue to provide new opportunities and growth for Greene County,” Taylor continued.
These funds help communities invest in infrastructure and engineering improvements on project-ready sites. “Thanks to the support of our General Assembly, I’m pleased to announce 15 more communities that will participate in the Site Development Grants program,” Governor Lee said. “Strengthening and supporting rural Tennessee is one of my major priorities, and these grants will help our communities attract jobs and enhance economic growth.”
The Site Development Grant program, part of the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, works in tandem with TNECD’s Select Tennessee program. Since 2016, TNECD has awarded 115 Site Development Grants across the state, totaling nearly $39 million in assistance to local communities. Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of TNECD, Austin Consulting, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and USDA Rural Development.