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Four Chattanooga communities to receive Tourism Enhancement Grants

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Wednesday that 29 communities (4 in the Chattanooga area) will receive over $999,000 in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist communities with tourism infrastructure assets. 

“These grants showcase how great the partnership is between tourist development and economic development. With the support of these grants, each community will be better equipped to succeed in our state and I look forward to seeing these Tennessee communities thrive," said Governor Haslam.

The grants assist counties and cities in improving local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism. 

The Tourism Enhancement Grants were jointly funded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development with the assistance of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 61 grant applications.

The grants awarded include:

•         Anderson County - $40,000
•         City of Bolivar - $50,000
•         City of Brownsville - $50,000
•         Carroll County - $50,000
•         City of Cleveland - $50,000
•         Decatur County - $43,000
•         City of Etowah - $50,000
•         Fentress County - $27,000
•         Town of Gainesboro - $45,270
•         Greene County - $44,898
•         Hamblen County - $7,000
•         Hamilton County - $20,000
•         City of Henderson - $5,250
•         Johnson County - $47,168 
•         City of Lafayette - $50,000
•         Lauderdale County - $20,000
•         City of Livingston - $50,000
•         City of Manchester - $41,510
•         City of McMinnville - $28,500
•         Meigs County - $20,000
•         Metropolitan Lynchburg - $50,000
•         Monroe County - $20,000
•         Robertson County - $5,050
•         Scott County - $48,707
•         Smith County - $50,000
•         City of Tiptonville - $31,262
•         Unicoi County - $20,000
•         Wayne County - $25,000
•         City of Winchester - $35,000
                
Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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