Alexander, Frist Announce $8.75 Million For Tennessee Economic Development Initatives

FY05 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill Includes Support For State Projects

Posted on September 23, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee this week, includes $8.75 million for several Tennessee economic and community development initiatives. "Economic development is critical to Tennessee, and the funding recommended in this bill supports a number of vital Tennessee projects," said Frist. "This bill will strengthen Tennessee communities while establishing programs that further bolster business, education and job growth in all parts of the state. I commend the Senate Appropriations Committee for supporting critical Tennessee community development projects." "This bill funds local priorities in communities across Tennessee such as economic development, the environment and public housing initiatives," said Alexander. "From the revitalization efforts in Nashville, to the extension of water services to Pikeville, to the efforts of the Memphis Biotech foundation, the Senate has made significant investments in our state. I will continue to work with Senator Frist and our colleagues to fund these important community projects." The Tennessee projects recommended for funding in the FY2005 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill include the following: Middle Tennessee - $1 million for Tennessee Technological University to develop science and math education programs for regional elementary students. - $500,000 for the Rolling Mill Hill Revitalization Project in Nashville. - $500,000 for a Big South Fork Visitors Center, in Scott County, Tennessee to promote tourism and economic development. - $250,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, to support community programs. East Tennessee - $1 million for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Natural Resources Policy Center to address public policy issues regarding natural resources use. - $1 million for the City of Maryville to implement an environmental protection and education project. - $750,000 for the City of Pikeville and Bledsoe County for water infrastructure improvements. - $750,000 for the Walden's Ridge Water System in Hamilton County for water infrastructure improvements. - $500,000 for the Watauga River Regional Water Authority in Carter County for planning and construction of regional water infrastructure facilities. - $250,000 for the Chattanooga African American Chamber of Commerce to support a new business center. - $250,000 for the Chattanooga Public Housing Authority to support the Economic Self Sufficiency and 21st Century Work Skills program. This program will provide public housing residents with access to online educational tools and technology training and workforce skills development programs. - $250,000 for the Appalachian Service Project (ASP), headquartered in Johnson City, to support the Summer Home Repair Program. ASP helps low income families make emergency home repairs through volunteer programs. West Tennessee - $1 million for the Memphis Biotech Foundation to support economic development efforts. - $500,000 for the City of Huntingdon to fund land acquisition. - $250,000 for the Lauderdale County Industrial Park in Lauderdale County to support industrial site development. This legislation will now go to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between Senate and House versions of the bill.