Alexander, Corker, Blackburn Applaud Funding for Tennessee Community Development Projects in Hardeman County

Posted on September 26, 2007

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) joined U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) today in applauding $210,600 in grant funding for community development projects in the City of Middleton under the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Federal Grant Program. The grants awarded to the City of Middleton will be used to update water infrastructure and promote economic development in the area. “This grant means jobs and growth in Hardeman County,” said Alexander, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which sets funding levels for the program. “I’m pleased to see the Delta Regional Authority is continuing to invest in improvements to water systems, as well as economic development in the Volunteer State.” "This grant will repair storm water disposal systems in Middleton, promoting public safety and protecting the environment," said Corker. “I appreciate the Delta Regional Authority’s efforts to improve water infrastructure and encourage economic growth in Tennessee communities.” "One of the most important jobs of the any government is to make sure our communities are provided with quality infrastructure,” said Blackburn. “This grant will help ensure that Middleton continues to attract jobs and industry and will ultimately make lives better for everyone in Hardeman County. I am grateful to the Delta Regional Authority and Mayor Maxwell and his team for all their hard work in making this improvement possible." The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) helps economically distressed communities in eight states to improve their basic infrastructure, transportation, business development and job training services through additional federal and state dollars. The federal DRA co-chairman determines eligibility for submitted pre-applications, and the governor of each state selects funding recipients in accordance with the state’s DRA economic plan. Congress annually appropriates funding for DRA operations and its federal grant program, which is allocated between eight states including Tennessee.