U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative David Davis (R-Tenn.1st) today announced $50,000 in funding for the City of Kingsport for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified higher education building from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
“Green buildings and energy efficiency are key components of gaining clean energy independence for our nation, and I’m glad to see this project coming to the Kingsport area,” Alexander said. “ARC’s continued investment in our rural communities is bringing a better way of life to many East Tennesseans.”
“This is a win-win scenario. Not only will this funding help promote energy efficiency and conservation in Kingsport, but it will also help create jobs,” Corker said. “I applaud the ARC for investing in East Tennessee with a focus on innovative projects that produce two-fold gains for our communities.”
“As energy costs soar, I am glad to see that ARC is encouraging energy efficient construction through these types of grants,” said Congressman David Davis. “It will also showcase new energy technology for the Kingsport community.”
ARC Federal Co-chair Anne Pope also joined in congratulating Kingsport: “This project will not only reduce the building’s energy costs,” she said. “It will create jobs and educate 750 businesses and 750 city employees on energy efficient construction methods. At ARC we are committed to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency ventures. They represent a new frontier in economic development.”
This funding will assist Kingsport in developing a new LEED certified education facility which will incorporate a range of green architecture and energy efficient technologies. The facility will offer self-guided tours and exhibits on energy efficient building design. In addition, an interactive building energy measurement system, or “building dashboard,” will be available on the internet and in the facility at a kiosk. As a component of this project, the City will provide a range of promotional and training opportunities on energy efficient construction to the local building community, the school system, city employees and to the general public. This funding is being matched by $100,000 from the City.
The ARC is a federal-state partnership that supports economic development and improved quality of life in Appalachia – including all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. About 23 million people live in the 410 counties of the Appalachian Region; 42 percent of the Region's population is rural, compared with 20 percent of the national population.
The Tennessee counties included as part of the ARC region include: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White.