Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 66 Community Development Block Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe last week announced nearly $25.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that will assist 66 communities across the state. The grants will provide funding for infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives as well as façade improvements in downtown commercial districts. More details and the list of grantees here. Community photos are available on our Flickr page.
Governor’s Budget Includes $30M For Megasite
Gov. Haslam’s new budget calls for about $30 million in additional funds for the Memphis Regional Megasite. Commissioner Rolfe spoke with the Jackson Sun about how that proposed funding, in addition to more than $50 million in residual funds appropriated for wastewater treatment, will help get the Megsaite to a shovel-ready status for prospective tenants. More details here about TNECD’s goals for the Megasite in 2018.
FedEx Express To Create 800 Jobs
A week after announcing a more than $3.2 billion commitment for wage and benefit increases, FedEx Corp. said it is looking to fill 800 jobs in the Memphis area for its subsidiary, FedEx Express. The company is looking to fill both full-time and part-time positions. Here’s more from the Memphis Business Journal.
Volkswagen Announces 8 New eLabs in Hamilton County
Volkswagen Chattanooga last week announced that eight additional Hamilton County schools will receive a Volkswagen eLab. The eight schools represent the second round of recipients fulfilling VW’s commitment to open a total of 16 eLabs in Hamilton County schools over a two year period. The 16 eLabs provide middle school and high school students access to emergent technologies including automated manufacturing equipment, 3D printers, robotics, programmable microcomputers, renewable energy kits and other science-related activities. More here on the eight Hamilton County schools participating in the eLabs program.
Nissan Announces Partnership With Middle Tennessee Carpooling Startup, Hytch
Nissan announced a new partnership with carpooling service Hytch, a Middle Tennessee startup launched by Mark Cleveland that offers cash incentives to both drivers and passengers that carpool. Nissan said last week it will pay Hytch users 5 cents for every mile they share within Middle Tennessee, and 1 cent for every mile shared within the state. Here’s more.
ECD’s Rural Team Continues Listening Tour
The Community and Rural Development team continued their listening sessions across the state moving from Athens to Dickson to Huntingdon and Henderson. Participants have the opportunity to comment on how their communities have utilized Community and Rural Development programs and to discuss other areas of need.
The most common issues we have heard include workforce development, broadband, tourism development and industrial site development. For more information about upcoming sessions, contact Logan McCoy (Logan.firstname.lastname@example.org)