UNICOI, Tenn., Jul 18, 2011 -- Rep. Phil Roe joined USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode today to announce federal funding for 14 businesses and other organizations from seven Northeast Tennessee Counties. The announcement took place at the Farm House Gallery and Gardens in Unicoi.
In addition to the $3,306,499 in investments announced today, agency officials report more than $26.6 million in affordable home loans have been made to more than 267 families in the region so far this year. "These thirty million dollars of investments in business development, public safety, health, infrastructure and affordable housing support jobs now and lay the groundwork of a healthy economic environment through the next generation," said Goode.
"We appreciate Congressman Roe helping to ensure USDA Rural Development has the funding to invest in the future of our rural communities," said Goode.
Projects announced for Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington Counties included the following:
First Tennessee Private Industry Council received a $17,500 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to improve signage in the commercial district of downtown Elizabethton. For more information contact FTPIC President Tom Anderson at 423-542-3408 or email@example.com.
Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department received a $166,000 low-interest loan for the purchase of a new emergency services vehicle. For more information contact Fire Chief Johnny Isaacs at 423-725-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krebs Ventures was awarded a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant of $19,999 to help purchase and install the first solar/wind hybrid renewable energy system funded through the USDA program. For more information contact Art Krebs at 888-930-2255 or email@example.com.
The town of Mosheim received a $754,000 low-interest loan to replace six miles of water lines and replace the Fellers Cove Road pump station. For more information contact Mosheim Mayor Billy Myers at 423-422-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rural Resources, Inc. was awarded an $85,500 grant to construct a farm and food business training center. For more information contact Executive Director Sally Causey at 423-638-4771 or email@example.com.
Alanthus Hill Community Center and Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $5,900 grant to construct a new helipad to allow emergency airlift services into the area. For more information contact Fire Chief Pat Brooks at 423-733-4065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price Public Community Center was awarded an $11,800 grant to construct secure cabinets in the museum as well as create a visual timeline to enhance the educational opportunities at the facility. For more information contact Director Stella Gudger at 423-921-3888 or email@example.com.
Brownlow Utility District (BUD) received a $168,000 low-interest loan and a $100,300 grant to construct 3.5 miles of water line extensions into the Mining Town area. For more information contact BUD General manager Ben Simcox at 423-727-1393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carderview Utility District (CUD) received a $230,000 low-interest loan and $156,000 grant for water line and facility improvements. For more information contact the CUD General Manager at 423-768-2527 or email@example.com.
Cold Springs Utility District (CSUD) received a $125,000 low-interest loan and a $45,000 grant to construct one-mile of new water lines and repair two water tanks. For more information contact CSUD General Manager Richard Hammons at 423-727-8851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town of Unicoi received a $30,000 grant to construct a 2,700 square foot community kitchen for area entrepreneurs and farmers to turn locally grown produce into consumer-ready products. For more information contact Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch at 423-743-7162 or email@example.com.
Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce received a $17,500 grant to assist in the revitalization of downtown Elizabethton. For more information contact Executive Director Amanda Delp at 423-743-3000 or Amanda@unicoicounty.org.
Unicoi Water Utility District (UWUD) received a $1,012,000 low-interest loan and a $338,000 grant to construct one-mile of new water lines, repair 3.5 miles of existing lines and construct a water tank to improve service, especially during peak usage hours. For more information contact UWUD General Manager Lee Bennett at 423-743-6202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crumley House Head Injury Rehabilitation Center received a $24,000 grant for construction of a new building to expand their rehabilitation services. For more information contact Executive Director Guynn Edwards at 423-257-3644 or email@example.com.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 1.5 million rural Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.06 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in Northeast Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Greeneville at 423-638-4771 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1490, or online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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