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County awarded $50,000 ThreeStar Grant

By Tamas Mondovics
Editor

In a press release, State Senator Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) and Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) announced last week that Johnson County was awarded a $50,000 ThreeStar Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
According to the release, ThreeStar programs focus on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education, and workforce development.
“The health and quality of life of our residents are some of my main priorities,” said Sen. Lundberg. “I am very pleased that our Department of Economic and Community Development is supporting programs and initiatives that will improve outcomes within our local community. It was an honor to support our leaders in their efforts to secure this important funding, and I look forward to seeing the many ways this grant will benefit the people of Johnson County.”
“I have always fought to help provide vital resources and create more opportunities for our citizens,” said Representative Hill. “It was a pleasure working with our local leaders to help secure this important funding
from our Department of
Economic and Community Development because it will support the employment desires of our residents in Carter County.”
Certification in the ThreeStar program is based on
annual documentation of
local activity, evaluation,
and biennial participation
in coordinated local stakeholder goal and activity planning.
Participating counties and cities in these counties will be eligible for a four percent discount for available projects on both the business development and community development ability-to-pay calculations (Community Development Block Grants and FastTrack) each year the county fulfills the requirements of the ThreeStar program.
CDBG also provides a bonus based on ThreeStar participation up to $25,000. Johnson County and other counties selected for the grant will participate in the TNECD Governor’s Convention on October 25 where they will be recognized.