Funds to support local health, public safety, economic development and education initiatives 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded Perry County one of 63 ThreeStar Competitive Grants onJuly 12, 2017. Perry County’s grant of $25,000 is currently being used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

To be eligible to apply for the grant, Perry County had to meet all ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“I want to congratulate Perry County on being awarded a ThreeStar Competitive Grants,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “I am excited to see Perry County thrive with the assistance of this grant. The projects that each awarded county will be working on are innovative and show that these Tennessee counties are committed to improving as a community, which, in turn, will make our state succeed as a whole.”

“TNECD is proud to partner with Perry County as it make strides to invest in itself and succeed,” TNECD Assistant Commissioner of Rural Development Amy New said. “The ThreeStar dollars serve as a seed money for future economic investments and local initiatives across Tennessee as we continue to build our state’s economy.”

In total, TNECD has awarded $975,000 to Tennessee communities through this round of the ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grant program. Funding for the program comes through the department’s existing budget. TNECD is committed to helping communities in the areas that they prioritize on a local level. The projects are new programs or expand upon existing programs. All are based on the communities’ ThreeStar planning process. The 63 counties selected were chosen out of 75 applications.