July 31, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe have announced the 60 counties, including DeKalb, that will receive ThreeStar Grants.
The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, education and workforce development, public safety, health and efficient government.
“The ThreeStar grant for DeKalb County in the amount of $15,000 was awarded to purchase commercial grade exercise equipment for the DeKalb County Complex Fitness Center. We have increased the amount of grant DeKalb County has received the last two years from $10,000 to $15,000. There is no match required by the county. The grant was written with the assistance of Chamber Director Suzanne Williams and we are very pleased DeKalb County was one of the 60 counties to receive the ThreeStar grant” said DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling.
“Providing more opportunities for Tennesseans is one of our state’s main objectives, and with the assistance of the ThreeStar Competitive Grants, the 60 recipients will be better prepared for success,” Haslam said. “The ThreeStar program is a great asset to help communities across Tennessee thrive, and I look forward to seeing each of these 60 communities continue to succeed.”
“I want to congratulate the 60 communities chosen in this round to receive the ThreeStar Grants,” Rolfe said. “The projects that these counties complete with ThreeStar grant assistance will enhance local communities by creating a better living and working environment for residents.”
ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, education and workforce development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety and health. To be eligible for this grant, the county must meet requirements in these five areas and show how the project will move the county forward in at least one of those areas.
“TNECD is able to assist the 60 recipients of the ThreeStar Grants by investing in locally-driven projects that transform communities,” Amy New, assistant commissioner of Community and Rural Development, said. “We are proud to partner with these communities as they continue to work collaboratively to enhance their economic landscape.”
In total, TNECD is awarding $955,000 to Tennessee communities through this round of the ThreeStar Grant program. TNECD is committed to helping communities in the areas that they prioritize on a local level. The projects are new programs or expand upon existing programs.
The grants have been awarded to the following counties:
Van Buren $25,000
Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.