State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced Thursday that five counties in District 12 have been awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants will be used for a variety of local programs to support local health, public safety, economic development and education initiatives.
The grants were awarded to the Roane Alliance for $5,000, Pickett County for $15,000, Campbell County for $25,000, Morgan County for $25,000 and Scott County for $25,000. TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants for a total of $975,000 in funding.
“I welcome this major investment into my Senate District,” said Yager. “The ThreeStar grants ensure our local officials have the means to make our communities and economies thrive. Whether spent on new ThreeStar programs or expanding existing programs, the benefits of these grants will stretch beyond District 12 and improve our state as a whole.”
Participation in the ThreeStar program is based on an annual evaluation and activity plan to demonstrate individual readiness. Local community leaders and Joint Economic and Community Development Boards are encouraged to implement activities that will impact the community’s competitiveness in a global economy.
“Congratulations to the local officials and Chambers of Commerce who secured these grants,” added Yager. “I am excited to see the many ways these counties utilize these funds.”