Alexander, Frist Announce Over $13 Million For Middle 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 $13 million for Middle Tennessee. The conference report, which includes seven appropriations bills, could be voted on by the House and Senate as early as next week. "This critical funding will secure Middle Tennessee as an economic force in the region and the nation," said Frist. "These projects will ensure continued job creation, improved health care and education, and increased economic growth and quality of life for Middle Tennesseans. I'm pleased so many projects vital to Middle Tennessee have been included in this year's omnibus appropriations bill." "From facility improvements for colleges and universities to enhanced commuter transit projects, this funding will go a long way to support education and technology initiatives in Middle Tennessee," said Alexander. The proposed funding for Middle Tennessee in the omnibus conference report includes: Commerce, Justice, State
  • $1 million will support the Davidson County Drug Court Program to provide treatment options in lieu of state prison for non-violent offenders.
  • $750,000 will fund Fisk University's Security Enhancement Initiative to design and implement a security system to help safeguard the campus population and deter criminal activity.
  • $1.5 million will support the Adventure Science Center in Nashville to construct a new Air and Space wing that will include a planetarium.
  • $500,000 will fund Tennessee State University's Communications Enhancement Initiative to enhance their performing arts facility to support public/community and academic programs.
  • $500,000 will be used to support Rolling Mill Hills in downtown Nashville.
  • $1 million will fund Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing nurse training and education facilities.
  • $200,000 will support the completion of outpatient facilities at the Vanderbilt Children=s Hospital.
  • $500,000 will be used to expand Tennessee Technological University School of Nursing to address the region's nursing shortage.
  • $175,000 will be used to update laboratory facilities at Cumberland University to provide students and area health care professionals with access to modern laboratory and diagnostic equipment.
  • $250,000 will support Fisk University's Technology Infrastructure Initiative to establish a state-of-the-art facility to develop critical computer and information technology skills for students.
  • $1 million will fund Tennessee State University Museum of African American History to expand the use of technology by digitizing their extensive collections and display, and increasing access to special collections.
  • $2 million to fund a new Downtown Transit Center, a centralized intermodal transit transfer facility located within Nashville's central business district.
  • $2.225 million for the Nashville International Airport to widen taxiways and reconstruct the airfield.
  • $1 million to continue construction on the Nashville Tennessee East Corridor Commuter Rail project. Funding for this project was added in conference to ensure that construction can continue.
  • $500,000 for Nashville to replace aging buses.
  • $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.