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Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Award ThreeStar Grants to 54 Tennessee Counties

July 27, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 54 counties will receive ThreeStar grants.

In total, TNECD is awarding $2.4 million in funding to Tennessee communities through this round of the ThreeStar grant program.

 “I congratulate these 54 counties that are receiving ThreeStar grants and thank them for strengthening the quality of life and enhancing workforce development in their communities,” Lee said. “This will help local communities to make Tennessee an even better place to live.”

 The funding will be used for a variety of local community development initiatives including education, workforce development, health, tourism, small business, entrepreneurship, and economic development programs, among others that were prioritized through a strategic planning process. ThreeStar promotes economic and community prosperity through collaboration to positively impact every Tennessean.

“The ThreeStar grant program is a valuable tool that assists counties focused on making strides in key areas,” Rolfe said. “TNECD is proud to assist these 54 counties as they develop asset-based strategic plans and invest responsibly in their communities.”

Ninety-four counties have completed the requirements to be certified ThreeStar counties. To be eligible for ThreeStar grants, each county must meet all certification requirements, develop an asset-based strategic plan and design a program to implement a goal from its strategic plan.

 “The ThreeStar Grants provide communities with resources to make strategic improvements and support their priority initiatives,” said Jody Sliger, TNECD community development director. “I congratulate these 54 recipients on their efforts to build their economies today with tomorrow in mind.” 

The grants have been awarded to the following counties:

Anderson            $50,000

Bradley                 $50,000

Campbell             $25,000

Cannon                 $38,000 

Carter                   $50,000 

Clay                       $50,000 

Cocke                   $50,000 

Crockett               $50,000 

Cumberland        $50,000 

Decatur                $50,000 

DeKalb                  $50,000 

Dickson                 $50,000 

Fentress               $21,000

Giles                     $50,000 

Grundy                 $50,000 

Hancock               $50,000 

Haywood             $50,000

Henry                   $10,000 

Hickman               $50,000 

Houston               $50,000 

 Humphreys         $50,000

Jackson                 $50,000 

Johnson                $50,000 

Lauderdale          $35,000 

Lewis                    $50,000 

Lincoln                  $37,000

Loudon                 $50,000  

Macon                  $50,000 

Maury                  $50,000 

McMinn               $21,000 

McNairy               $50,000 

Meigs                   $25,000 

Monroe                $50,000 

Morgan                $50,000 

Overton                $50,000

Perry                   $35,000 

Pickett                 $25,000 

Polk                       $50,000 

Putnam                $20,100 

Rhea                     $50,000 

Roane                  $50,000 

Robertson           $50,000

Scott                     $50,000 

Sequatchie          $50,000 

Sevier                   $50,000 

Smith                    $50,000 

Stewart                $50,000 

Sullivan                 $50,000 

Sumner                 $50,000 

Trousdale            $47,500 

Warren                 $25,000 

Washington*      $50,000 

Wayne                  $50,000 

White                   $50,000

 *Washington County grant is a regional project impacting Carter and Unicoi counties.

 About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

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TNECD Media Contact

Molly Hair
Public Information Officer
(615) 878-0063