Polk given ThreeStar $15K grant

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Posted 7/17/17

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has announced that 63 counties will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants. This includes nearby Polk County, which will receive a …

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Polk given ThreeStar $15K grant

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The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has announced that 63 counties will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants. This includes nearby Polk County, which will receive a $15,000 grant.

The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

To be eligible to apply for the grants, each community had to meet all ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“I want to congratulate these 63 communities on being awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants,” said TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “I am excited to see these communities thrive with the assistance of these grants. The projects that each awarded county will be working on are innovative and show that these counties are committed to improving as a community, which, in turn, will make our state succeed as a whole.”

“TNECD is proud to partner with these 63 communities as they make strides to invest in themselves and succeed,” said TNECD Assistant Commissioner of Rural Development Amy New. “The ThreeStar dollars serve as a seed money for future economic investments and local initiatives across Tennessee as we continue to build our state’s economy.”

In total, TNECD has awarded $975,000 to Tennessee communities through this round of the ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grant program. Funding for the program comes through the department’s existing budget.

According to its officials, TNECD is committed to helping communities in the areas they emphasize on a local level.

The projects are new programs or expand on existing ones. All are based on the communities’ ThreeStar planning process. The 63 counties selected were chosen out of 75 applications.

The $15,000 grants were awarded to the following counties in the state:

Chester, Clay, DeKalb, Greene, Hamblen, Hardin, Henderson, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Pickett, Polk and Weakley.

There were also 23 grants awarded at $5,000, and 26 grants for $25,000.

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