Grainger County Awarded Grant to Expand Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted on September 21, 2007

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) at the Commerce Department has awarded $1.5 million to Grainger County for the expansion of its wastewater treatment plant. “This grant will mean cleaner water, economic development and up to 395 new jobs in Grainger County,” said Senator Alexander. “I was glad to work with Congressman Wamp and Senator Corker in supporting Grainger County’s application.” “I applaud Grainger County for successfully securing this significant grant which will improve infrastructure and create hundreds of jobs,” Senator Corker said. “Grainger County won this grant through a competitive process. This EDA award will provide much needed infrastructure improvements to keep pace with the growth in the area,” Congressman Wamp said. This investment from EDA supports the expansion of an existing wastewater treatment plant and constructs a new outfall line and regional sewer collection system. The expansion is necessary to support industrial and commercial growth and development in eastern Grainger County, and is expected to create 395 jobs. EDA serves as a venture capital resource to meet the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States. EDA’s Public Works and Economic Development Program investments help support the construction or rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and facilities necessary to generate or retain private sector jobs and investments, attract private sector capital, and promote regional competitiveness.