Alexander, Frist Announce Over $30 Million For West Tennessee Projects

Posted on December 3, 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Omnibus Conference Report includes more than $30 million for many West Tennessee projects. The conference report, which includes seven appropriations bills, could be voted on by the House and Senate as early as next week. "West Tennessee is one of the fastest growing regions in the South, and these projects support critical economic development and job creation to spur the economy," said Frist. "Memphis has taken great strides to improve its infrastructure and encourage tourism and business growth. These efforts contribute greatly to Tennessee's overall economy. With support for these critical projects, Memphis can continue its good work for the region." "These projects are important to West Tennessee," Alexander said. "From riverfront development and historic preservation projects to healthcare and education initiatives, this funding will contribute to the Delta region's economic growth and success." The proposed funding for West Tennessee in the omnibus conference report includes: Commerce, Justice and State
  • $2.1 million for the Jackson Wireless Network and Mobile Data Terminal Program to implement a wireless communications system.
Labor/HHS
  • $4 million for the Memphis Biotech Foundation to establish a new biotechnology center in Memphis.
  • $500,000 for the National Civil Rights Museum to improve exhibits, expand historical collections and continue to make the museum's resources available to the public.
  • $500,000 for the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis to expand research, curriculum development, and public outreach programs that emphasize the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • $25,000 for the Alex Haley House Museum to continue preservation efforts and improve exhibits.
  • $1.2 million for the Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center to expand outreach to underserved children through its pediatric mobile unit.
  • $400,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to purchase additional laboratory and research equipment to aid in their efforts to find cures for childhood cancers and the AIDS epidemic.
  • $500,000 for the Rhodes College Learning Corridor Project to expand educational outreach and partnership programs between the University and the Memphis City School System.
  • $200,000 for Jackson to support a disability training program.
VA/HUD
  • $500,000 Economic Development Initiative grant for the LeMoyne Owen Community Development Corporation to continue work on the New Town Center.
  • $600,000 State and Tribal Assistance Grant for Sandy Creek in Jackson to upgrade water and wastewater facilities and help ensure that flows along Sandy Creek do not crossover into the storm sewer system.
Transportation
  • $1 million to the Beale Street Landing to provide safe docking for vessels and passengers coming in and out of the City of Memphis from the Mississippi River.
  • $1 million to reconstruct the I-40/I-55 ramps on Riverside Drive in Memphis.
  • $2 million to improve access and address severe congestion problems at the Plough Boulevard Interchange in Memphis.
  • $2.75 million for the Memphis International Airport Intermodal Facility to improve transportation and parking around the airport.
  • $9.2 million for the Memphis Medical Center Light Rail to continue construction on a two-mile rail project in downtown Memphis.
  • $3 million for the Germantown Parkway Intelligent Transportation Systems project to help ease congestion through the application of modern information technology and communications systems.
  • $375,000 for Access to Healthcare for Children to conduct a multi-state pilot transportation coordination initiative to improve children's access to primary care physicians and medical facilities.
  • $600,000 to expand Hollywood Drive between Miller Avenue and Interstate 40 in Jackson.
  • $6.5 million to improve statewide bus facilities and replace aging buses.
  • $5.75 million for statewide Job Access and Reverse Commuter Grants to support job access programs.
Now that the conference report has been filed, it must be passed by the House and the Senate. The House is expected to vote on the legislation as early as next week. All non-defense programs and projects funded in the omnibus appropriations package are subject to a .59 percent across-the-board reduction.