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Infrastructure planning grants awarded to 37 cities

State officials announced 37 municipalities are among 50 entities that will share in $10.7 million in infrastructure planning grants.  

Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter announced recipients of Infrastructure Planning Grant (IPG) program., which are part of the 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. 

Grants included $199,500 for Alamo, $448,875 for Atoka, $190,000 for Big Sandy, $285,000 for Chapel Hill, $234,413 for Clifton, $200,000 for Copperhill, $182,000 for Decherd, $400,000 for Dunlap, $200,000 for Erin, $114,000 for Gallaway, $329,175 for Greenbrier, $346,750 for Harriman, $85,000 for Hohenwald, $95,000 for Hollow Rock, $200,000 for Jefferson City, $60,000 for Linden, $207,000 for Lobelville, $38,000 for Luttrell, $175,750 for Lynnville, $500,000 for McEwen, $65,170 for McLemoresville, $55,000 for Mountain City, $405,000 for Mt. Pleasant, $339,150 for Newport, $201,115 for Obion, $133,000 for Oliver Springs, $299,250 for Oneida, $200,000 for Petersburg, $475,000 for Sardis, $224,438 for Stanton, $200,000 for Tennessee Ridge, $80,000 for Trimble, $148,200 for Tiptonville, $216,500 for Vanleer, $99,750 for Waverly, $52,787 for Waynesboro, and $218,500 for White Pine.  

Utility Districts also receiving grants included $190,000 for Bean Station, $430,000 for Blountville, $259,350 for County Wide, $141,000 for Cross Anchor, $334,115 for the First Utility District of Carter County, $189,000 for the Gibson County Municipal Water District, $254,363 for Horneak, $200,526 for Iron City, $200,000 for Jellico, $58,353 for Roan Mountain, $190,000 for South Carroll, $165,000 for South Elizabethton, and $200,000 for Tullahoma.   

"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.”