• TNECD to award nearly $11 million in funding to 50 applicants
  • IPG Program aims to assist communities and utility districts with long-term planning for water and sewer systems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter announced today the 50 recipients receiving funding through the Infrastructure Planning Grant (IPG) program.

The $10.7 million in funding is part of the Rural Economic Opportunity Act and will assist communities and utility districts across Tennessee with long-term planning for their water and sewer systems.

“Ensuring all Tennesseans have access to clean water starts with investing in the right infrastructure,” said Gov. Lee. “I thank our General Assembly for funding this program and commend the 50 grantees for stepping up to help our communities strengthen local infrastructure and plan for the future.”

The IPG program is open to utility systems that serve distressed counties and rural communities on the financially distressed utility system referral list. Funds can be used in the following program categories: water system mapping and modeling, water system analysis, sewer system mapping and modeling, sewer system analysis, asset management related activities and regionalization studies.

“Without strong infrastructure, communities cannot grow or attract business and industry,” said Commissioner McWhorter. “I congratulate those receiving funding through the IPG program and look forward to seeing how these 50 projects will spur future economic growth.”

The grants awarded include:

Bean Station Utility District                                                $190,000
Blountville Utility District                                                    $430,000
City of Clifton                                                    $234,413
City of Copperhill                                                  $200,000
City of Decherd                                                    $182,000
City of Dunlap                                                    $400,000
City of Gallaway                                                    $114,000
City of Greenbrier                                                    $329,175
City of Hohenwald                                                       $85,000
City of Jefferson City                                                    $200,000
City of Lobelville                                                    $207,000
City of Luttrell                                                       $38,000
City of McEwen                                                    $500,000
City of McLemoresville                                                       $65,170
City of Mt. Pleasant                                                    $405,000
City of Newport                                                    $339,150
City of Tennessee Ridge                                                    $200,000
City of Tiptonville                                                    $148,200
Town of Vanleer                                                    $216,500
City of Waverly                                                       $99,750
City of Waynesboro                                                       $52,787
County Wide Utility District                                                    $259,350
Cross Anchor Utility District                                                    $141,000
Erin, Tennessee                                                    $200,000
First Utility District of Carter County                                                    $334,115
Gibson County Municipal Water District                                                    $189,000
Hornbeak Water Utility District                                                   $254,363
Iron City Utility District                                                    $200,526
Jellico Utilities Authority                                                    $200,000
Roan Mountain Utility                                                       $58,353
South Carroll Utility District                                                    $190,000
South Elizabethton Utility District                                                    $165,000
City of Harriman                                                    $346,750
Town of Alamo                                                    $199,500
Town of Atoka                                                    $448,875
Town of Big Sandy                                                    $190,000
Town of Chapel Hill                                                    $285,000
Town of Hollow Rock                                                       $95,000
Town of Linden                                                       $60,000
Town of Lynnville                                                    $175,750
Town of Mountain City                                                       $55,000
Town of Obion                                                    $201,115
Town of Oliver Springs                                                    $133,000
Town of Oneida                                                    $299,250
Town of Petersburg                                                    $200,000
Town of Sardis                                                    $475,000
Town of Stanton                                                    $224,438
Town of Trimble                                                       $80,000
Town of White Pine                                                    $218,500
Tullahoma Utilities Authority                                                    $200,000

Applications from communities and utility districts were based on comptroller eligibility, and these systems have been referred to the Board of Utility Regulation (formerly the Utility Management Review Board or the Water and Wastewater Financing Board) because of their net position, non-revenue water or high levels of debt. For more information, visit here.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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TNECD Media Contact
Lindsey Tipton
Director of Communications
(615) 339-6608
[email protected]


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