Alexander, Frist Announce Support For Tennessee VA/HUD Projects

Posted on November 22, 2004

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced Senate passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Omnibus Conference Report, which includes over $10 million for Tennessee Veteran's Affairs and Housing and Urban Development (VA/HUD) projects. The conference report passed the House and Senate and will now go to the President for his signature. "This funding will revitalize communities throughout Tennessee by promoting economic growth and job creation," said Frist. "These wide-ranging initiatives will spark educational and environmental initiatives that will improve the lives of all our citizens." "These projects reflect the priorities of Tennesseans: education, environment and jobs," said Alexander. "From assisting local efforts at the Biotech Foundation in Memphis to an environmental protection and education project in Maryville, this bill is good news for the entire state." The FY2005 Veteran's Affairs and Housing and Urban Development bill was passed as part of the FY2005 Omnibus Conference Report. The Tennessee funding in the VA/HUD bill includes: WEST TENNESSEE · $1.6 million for the Memphis Biotech Foundation to support economic development efforts and promote investment in the bioscience industry throughout the Mid-South region. · $500,000 for the City of Huntingdon in Carroll County, Tennessee to support economic development initiatives. · $345,500 for the Lauderdale County Industrial Park in Lauderdale County to support industrial site development. MIDDLE TENNESSEE · $1.3 million for Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, to develop science and math education programs for regional elementary students. · $500,000 for the Rolling Mill Hill Revitalization Project in Nashville. · $250,000 for the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee to construct a cultural center in Nashville. · $500,000 to support the construction of the 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 in Knoxville to create a Natural Resources Policy Center to address public policy issues regarding the management and use of natural resources. · $1 million for the City of Maryville to implement an environmental protection and education project. · $900,000 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. · $750,000 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 the creation of a new business center and promote entrepreneurship in the local community. · $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.