$500,000 Grant Approved For Fentress County Industrial Development Board

Pictured: (l to r) Jody Sliger, TN ECD 3-Star Coordinator; Mark Farley, Exec. Director Upper Cumberland Development District; Jamestown Mayor Darlene Davis Monday; Delilah Clark, IDB Treasurer; TN ECD Commissioner Bobby Rolf; County Executive Mike Cross; Jeremey Howard, IDB Chairman; Scott Sandman, IDB Manager; TN ECD Commissioner of Rural Development Amy New.

The Industrial Develop-ment Board Corner – volume 1, issue 4 – April 12, 2017

The Industrial Develop-ment Board met April 7, 2017 in their regular monthly meeting. Chairman Jeremy Howard called the meeting to order then welcomed guest speaker Ronald Basham from UCHRA and their workforce development program. Ron spoke with the Board and informed them of the various training programs for businesses and residents of Fentress County and the Upper Cumberland region.

They have 5 direct programs for new or retained employees that utilize State & Federal dollars. These incentives are available to companies through UCHRA and can be offered to new business locating in Fentress County or existing businesses that expand and create new jobs. The Board thanked Ron for the information and welcomed him and his agency to Team Fentress and looks forward to working with him in the future.      

The March minutes, financials, and bills were presented and approved. International Drive will have some additional work done to smooth the transition from the State portion of the project to the extension in the Clarkrange Regional Business Park. The TVA Invest Prep grant was completed and submitted with plans to clear the remaining wooded acreage in the CRBP and create a 50,000 sq. ft. gravel pad-ready site on a 100,000 sq. ft. graded pad. Manager Scott Sandman reported he did a presentation to TVA Target Market Specialists (their lead industrial recruiters) about Fentress County and the Clarkrange Regional Business Park. He informed them of the progress on the park’s completion and other changes or upgrades to the park and community. Scott also reported on additional engineering work that is underway for the park and its progress.     

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.