The General Assembly authorized the creation of development districts in 1965 to encourage regional planning cooperation among local govern ments and the promotion of economic development. The East Tennessee Development District was created on September 20, 1966. Municipal and county mayors, two members of the General Assembly and other citizen members make up the district's governing board. Because district boundaries are drawn to encompass multi-county areas, districts focus on issues of regional importance -- on matters that affect more than one city or county. The East Tennessee Development District has had a strong planning orientation over the past 42 years. The District has been concerned with economic growth in an environmentally sound manner and places specific emphasis on land use planning, regional transportation planning, public infrastructure planning and development, industrial development, small business development, utilities planning, recreation and open space planning, and regional solid waste planning. In all this our overriding concerns are to provide adequate public facilities to accommodate growth and development, promote the creation of new jobs, foster the investment of new capital and continue to improve the quality of life for our growing population. The role of the District will become increasingly important as we face the future. Concerns which local government and development districts must be more involved within the 21st Century include more efficient and economical provision of services. Another major problem is the financing of public services. The increasing tendency of federal and state governments to mandate programs that local governments must undertake without providing financial resources must be curtailed. More decision making will be placed on local officials as the categorical federal grants we have grown accustomed to are gradually reduced and replaced with block grant programs, loan programs and state programs, or become entirely the responsibility of localities. As an association of local governments the East Tennessee Development District must deal with these problems in the coming years. ETDD continues to be a vital force in helping local governments plan for the future in light of reduced financial resources. ETDD’s main objective is to assist in setting regional and local priorities for the orderly physical and economic development of our 16 counties. By working together in partnership, we can continue the progress of the past 42 years and can look forward to successfully meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. Donald R. Mull Mayor of Alcoa Chair, East Tennessee Development District ETDD: AN ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS The East Tennessee Development District is a voluntary Minority Members-At-Large. The Executive Committee meets association of municipal and county governments in the 16 on a regular basis throughout the year. The Committee has county region of East Tennessee surrounding Knoxville. continued to meet the challenges presented by a shift in the Organized more than 42 years ago in 1966, the East Tennessee governmental decision making process from federal to state Development District provides a forum for local governments and local governments, and has taken the initiative on many to solve common problems of economic development and projects throughout the year to promote the orderly economic growth. development of the region. Recommendations also come to the Executive Committee for action from various advisory ETDD's Board of Directors is composed of each municipal committees established to address particular issues. and county mayor from the 16 counties and 56 municipalities. In addition, each County Mayor appoints a citizen designated Annually, the Board of Directors establishes policies which the as the "Development Representative" to serve on the Board of Executive Committee carries out through monthly meetings. Directors. The Tennessee General Assembly is also represent- The District also holds an annual awards banquet in order to ed on the Board of Directors, with one member of the State recognize and highlight projects that have special significance. Senate and one member of the State House participating. ETDD's activities are funded by local, state, and federal The Executive Committee, which represents the Board, is governments. currently composed of 21 members, including two BOARD ACTIVITIES During the past year, the full Board met twice: the Annual programs, ETDD’s budget for 2008-2009, staff salary Business Meeting and Luncheon on April 8, 2008 and the adjustments, the brownfield program, calendar matters, and Annual Awards Banquet on the evening of June 5, 2008. The passed a motion to appoint a transportation committee to Awards Banquet focuses on recognizing communities and discuss the funding problems at TDOT and make organizations for outstanding achievements within the region. recommendations. Sixteen communities were recognized for outstanding achievements at the 2008 Banquet. At the September Executive Committee meeting, Mr. Bobrowski discussed grant programs, the elderly emergency The Executive Committee met ten times during the year. At repair program and calendar matters. The 2007-2008 CEDS the Board of Directors Annual Business Meeting, the was adopted as well an update to the Affirmative Action Plan. preliminary budget and work program for 2008-2009 were The committee approved a loan to McBrearty Capital approved, the new officers and executive committee members Management, Inc. to buy and renovate a building in West were elected and the Annual Report was presented. Knoxville and also approved a resolution between ETDD and ADC outlining how the operating agreement between the At the April meeting, the proposed budget for 2008-09 was agencies is allocated. approved and the proposed increase in ETDD’s state funding from $120,000 to $150,000 per year, was discussed. At the October Executive Committee meeting, Campbell County Mayor William Baird was approved as the Executive At the May meeting, the status of various grant programs was Committee member from Campbell County. Mr. Bobrowski discussed and an overview was provided on ETDD’s new updated the committee members on grants programs and brownfields program. ETDD’s brownfields program. At the June meeting, items that were presented included grant At the November Executive Committee meeting, Mr. programs, the Comprehensive Economic Development Bobrowski discussed grant programs, the legislative agenda, Strategy (CEDS), a report from the Executive Director ETDD loan programs, the ETDD brownfields program. Evaluation Subcommittee, passed a resolution honoring TVA’s 75th Anniversary and approved Mr. Rodney Davis as As customary, the Annual Legislative Platform, both State and the Executive Committee representative from Jefferson Federal, was adopted in the January meeting for distribution to County. State and Federal legislators. During the meeting the Nominating Committee was appointed, and various grant At the July Executive Committee meeting, Subcommittee programs and the federal stimulus program were discussed. appointments for the upcoming year were made. Mr. Bobrowski updated the committee members on grants BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2008-2009* OFFICERS: Chair: Donald R. Mull, Mayor of Alcoa Vice-Chair: Becky Ruppe, Morgan County Executive Secretary: Rex Lynch, Anderson County Mayor Treasurer: Mike Farmer, Roane County Executive EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Tim Thompson, Anderson County Development Representative Eddy Ford, Mayor of Farragut William A. Baird, Campbell County Mayor Doyle Arp, Loudon County Mayor Erlinda McMeel, Claiborne County Development Representative J. Allan Watson, Monroe County Mayor Iliff McMahan, Jr., Cocke County Mayor Ricky Keeton, Scott County Mayor Ray McElhaney, Grainger County Development Representative Larry Waters, Sevier County Mayor David Purkey, Hamblen County Mayor Larry Lay, Union County Mayor Rodney Davis, Jefferson County Development Representative Tennessee General Assembly: Minority Members-At-Large: Senator Doug Overbey Pamela Cotham Representative Ryan Haynes George Williams Anderson County Mayor Jerry Beeler Knox County Roane County Mayor Rex Lynch** Mayor Ezell Cox Mayor Mike Ragsdale** County Executive Mike Farmer** Mayor Winfred Shoopman Ms. Erlinda McMeel*** Mayor Eddy Ford Mayor Chris Mason Mayor V. E. Wilson Mayor Bill Haslam Mayor Troy Beets Mayor Chris Mitchell Cocke County Mr. Mike Arms*** Mayor Mike Miller Mayor Tom Beehan Mayor Iliff McMahan, Jr.** Mayor Chris Hepler Mr. Tim Thompson*** Mayor Connie Ball Loudon County Ms. Leslie Henderson*** Mayor Ronnie Hommel Mayor Doyle Arp** Blount County Ms. Jennifer Wilson*** Mayor Tom Peeler Scott County Mayor Jerry Cunningham** Mayor Bernie R. Swiney Mayor Ricky A. Keeton** Mayor Donald R. Mull Grainger County Mayor Paul Stallings Mayor Jack Lay Mayor David Staley Mayor Mark Hipsher** Mayor Matt Brookshire Mayor Kenneth Burchfield Mayor Tom Taylor Mayor Patsy McElhaney Mr. Pat Phillips*** Mayor George W. Potter Mayor Steve Simon Mayor Danny Turley Mr. David Cross*** Mayor Patrick Jenkins Mayor Rick Brewer Monroe County Mayor Geraldine Anderson Mr. Ray McElhaney*** Mayor J. Allan Watson** Sevier County Mr. Dave Bennett *** Mayor Jim Stutts Mayor Larry Waters** Hamblen County Mayor Alfred McClendon Mayor Mike Werner Campbell County Mayor David Purkey** Mayor Roger Powers Mayor Keith Whaley Mayor William A. Baird** Mayor Sami Barile Mayor Fred Tallent Mayor Glenn Cardwell Mayor Robert Stooksbury Ms. Katy Heinen Tindall*** Mr. Shane Burris*** Mayor Bryan Atchley Mayor Jack Cannon Ms. Earlene Teaster*** Mayor William F. Baird Jefferson County Morgan County Mayor Mike Stanfield Mayor Alan Palmieri** County Executive Becky Ruppe** Union County Mr. Jay Willoughby*** Mayor George A. Gantte Mayor Vic Jeffers Mayor Larry Lay** Mayor Michael Keane Mayor Joey Williams Mayor Johnny Merritt Claiborne County Mayor Charles Guinn Mayor Dennis Reagan Mayor Matthew Cooke Mayor Joe Tyler Duncan** Mayor Stanley Wilder Ms. Sharon Heidel*** Mayor Rodney Minor Mayor John Douglas Mayor Darrell Helton Mr. William Von Schipmann*** Mayor Bill Fultz Mr. Rodney Davis*** * Current as of March 12, 2009 ** County Mayor *** Development Representative PLANNING AND RESEARCH The East Tennessee Development District undertakes regional planning COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING and research activities each year to a s s i s t t h e r egio n a n d i t s In 2008, an update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was governmental units in identifying prepared. The annual process of updating the CEDS is accomplished by contacting elected needs to prepare for regional growth. officials, planning officials, utility districts, special purpose units of local government, ETDD’s planning activities include economic development agencies and other agencies/persons that are involved with utilities, solid waste, transportation, community or economic development activities within the region. In order to comply with historic preservation, recreation, regulations that were promulgated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in infrastructure needs survey, and the 2006, ETDD engaged in a much more inclusive planning process in order to update the 2008 maintenance of statistical CEDS. A CEDS committee was appointed by the Executive Committee to review and information. These programs will comment on the proposed CEDS document. The CEDS committee met in August of 2008 continue to aid the 16 county region and recommended that the revised CEDS be submitted to the Executive Committee for in its pursuit of economic growth approval. An extensive public review process was undertaken in order to allow the public an and a high quality of life. opportunity to comment on the proposed CEDS. The CEDS document was transmitted to all sixteen county mayors, an announcement regarding the availability of the CEDS was published in Knoxville News-Sentinel and the CEDS was placed on ETDD’s website. The CEDS was also transmitted to the State of Tennessee and the Appalachian Regional Commission for review. The CEDS review process was completed in early September and the final CEDS document was approved by the ETDD Executive Committee in September of 2008. The completed CEDS was subsequently submitted to the Economic Development Administration in late September of 2008. The updated CEDS was approved by EDA on December 1, 2008. PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS INVENTORY In April of 1996, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted the Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory Act. This Act requires the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), to compile and maintain an annual inventory of needed public infrastructure, contracting with the nine Development Districts to survey local officials. It was developed for use as a planning tool for state and local officials in assessing needs and developing priorities for funding local infrastructure. Work on the project began in November 1996, by collecting information from county mayors, municipal mayors, utility districts, industrial development organizations and school superintendents within the district. The initial Infrastructure Needs Inventory was completed in the Spring of 1997. On an annual basis, data from the statewide infrastructure needs inventory has been summarized and compiled into a report by TACIR. The most recent report places the cost of state-wide infrastructure needs at approximately $28.4 billion dollars. Topping the list are transportation needs at $14.6 billion, followed by education needs at $5.7 billion, health and safety needs at $5.2 billion, recreation and cultural needs at $1.8 billion, economic developments needs at $669 million and general government needs at $427 million. A-95 REVIEW AND COMMENT During the year ETDD continued to serve as the regional clearinghouse for review of federally-funded projects in the area. The ETDD Review and Comment System gives cities, counties, and other affected entities the opportunity to comment on projects seeking federal funding that may impact them. It also permits projects to be studied in terms of conformity to local and regional comprehensive plans and programs. The review system seeks to (1) avoid duplication of effort, (2) reduce costs, and (3) encourage the most efficient and effec- tive arrangements for use of public funds and provision of public services. RPO consists of Anderson County; Cocke County; Monroe RESEARCH County; Roane County; and portions of Blount, Jefferson, Loudon and Sevier Counties. In February, May, September ETDD staff has continued to provide detailed information on a and November of 2008, the Technical Committees of each wide variety of economic and demographic subjects to local RPO met to discuss specific regional and local transportation officials, businesses, staff, and other agencies upon request. project priorities, to provide input regarding the priority The staff responded to approximately 260 requests for projects, and to officially recommend priority projects to statistical information last year. Executive Boards of each RPO. In February and December of 2008 the Executive Boards of RPO met to review the The staff began its twenty-eighth year of publishing its recommendations of the Technical Committee and officially semiannual economic report entitled "Economic Statistics." identify a list of regional priority projects. The list of priority Data in this report includes labor force, income, sales tax reve- projects was then submitted to TDOT for funding nue, retail sales, population, housing, and tourism. consideration. During 2009 - 2010, ETDD will facilitate further communication between TDOT and the RPOs, The East Tennessee Development District has been designated coordinate future Executive Board and Technical Committee an Affiliate of the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center meetings, and administer all activities for the RPO process. Program for this region. ETDD staff has been involved in assisting the Census Bureau in the dissemination of the 2000 In December of 2007, ETDD completed implementation of a Census as well as preparing for the 2010 Census. $150,000 grant from the Federal Highway administration that funded a Corridor Management Plan for the portion of U.S. Highway 25E that traverses Claiborne, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson and Cocke Counties. Completion of the Corridor TRANSPORTATION Management Plan is the first step toward the designation of Highway 25E as a National Scenic Byway. In the summer of The development of transportation systems within the region is 2008, the five counties submitted an official request to the of paramount importance to the East Tennessee Development Federal Highway Administration to have U.S. Highway 25E District. Continued development of internal transportation designated as a National Scenic Byway. The federal Highway systems is a critical component of the orderly economic and Administration is currently reviewing the request. community development advancement of the region as a whole. ETDD is concerned with all forms of transportation, The Enhancement Grant Program, as administered by the be it highway, rail, water, air, bus or van transportation. Tennessee Department of Transportation, provides funding to local governments for a variety of transportation enhancement During the past year, the District continued its involvement in activities. In 2008, ETDD staff assisted the following the Knoxville Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), communities with the preparation of Enhancement Program formerly known as the Metropolitan Planning Organization. grant applications: Anderson County, Gatlinburg, The Executive Director of ETDD is a member of the Madisonville, Scott County, Alcoa, Clinton, LaFollette, the Technical Committee of the TPO, and the District also Blount County Industrial Development Board, Monroe appoints a local elected official to serve on the TPO Executive County, Claiborne County and the Glenmore Mansion Board. Foundation in Jefferson City. The total amount of grant requests from the ETDD region exceeded $3.6 million dollars. In 2003 a new Transportation Planning Organization was ETDD staff also provided Enhancement Grant administration formed to serve Morristown, Hamblen County and portions of assistance to Bean Station, Caryville, Claiborne County, Jefferson County and Cocke County. The TPO is known as the Clinton, Friendsville, City of Loudon, Grainger County, Lakeway Area Metropolitan Transportation Planning Harriman, Jacksboro, Jefferson City, Jellico, LaFollette, New Organization (LAMTPO). The Executive Director of ETDD is Market, Norris and Rutledge. a member of the Technical Committee of the LAMTPO. ETDD also assisted communities with applications for funding In 2007, ETDD participated in the development of the annual through the Roadscapes Grant Program and the Safe Routes to High Priority Highway Projects list for the TPO area and the Schools Program as administered by TDOT. The Roadscapes LAMTPO area. Program is designed to assist communities with beautification efforts along state highways and the Safe Routes to Schools In November of 2005, the Tennessee Department of Program (SRTS) is designed to promote and encourage Transportation (TDOT) established twelve Rural Planning walking and biking to school as a safe transportation Organizations (RPOs) across the state. Each development alternative. ETDD assisted Cocke County with the preparation district has a contract with TDOT to coordinate the activities of an application to the Roadscapes program. Staff also of at least one RPO in their district, and ETDD coordinates assisted Jefferson City, Lake City, Newport, Oneida and two. The North RPO consists of Campbell County, Claiborne Townsend with the preparation of applications to the Safe County, Grainger County, a portion of Hamblen County, Routes to Schools Program. Currently, staff is assisting four Morgan County, Scott County, and Union County. The South communities with the administration of their SRTS grant. UTILITIES SOLID WASTE Continued economic expansion requires that utilities meet not ETDD staff assisted Campbell, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, only present demand, but also plan for future needs. The Morgan, Scott, and Union Counties with their annual reports challenge will be providing these services at an affordable cost and is available to assist other jurisdictions upon request. given diminished federal/state funding, limited natural resources, and more stringent environmental mandates. The ETDD staff also completed solid waste needs assessments for emphasis of ETDD's Utilities Planning Program is to promote Campbell County, Grainger County, Blount County, Cocke efficient and effective utility services (drinking water, County, Scott County and Morgan County. wastewater collection and disposal, and natural gas service) throughout the 16 county region. Various studies aid in this During 2008-2009, ETDD staff has worked extensively with effort. cities and counties to find methods to finance projects and to best utilize State grant funds. ETDD continued to assist Sevier County with water planning. In late 1994, Sevier County and its four municipalities formed During the past year, ETDD staff assisted the following the Sevier Water Board, Inc. to cooperatively participate in the communities with the preparation of applications to the construction of a pump station and raw water line to deliver Recycling Grant Program: Anderson County, Lenoir City, additional water from Douglas Lake to the Pigeon Forge and Scott County, Monroe County, Jefferson City, White Pine and Sevierville water treatment plants. The initial project was Union County. The total amount of grant funds requested was completed in 1998 and since that time the intake facility has in excess of $126,000. Staff also assisted the following been expanded to accommodate additional growth. The Sevier communities with grant applications to the Used Oil Grant County Water Board is currently active within the fields of Program: Oneida, Anderson County, Jacksboro, Winfield, water quality testing, flood management planning and other White Pine, Roane County and Cocke County. The total important initiatives. Beginning in 2003, the Sevier County amount of grant funds requested was in excess of $171,000. Water Board has also acted as the lead coordinating agency for Sevier County and its municipalities during the implementation of a comprehensive Phase II Storm Water REGIONAL COUNCIL OF FIRE CHIEFS Management Program. During 2008, ETDD staff has provided management oversight in the fifth year of the Water Board’s The East Tennessee Regional Council of Fire Chiefs county wide storm water management program. (ETRCFC) was formed in 1982 to promote cooperation among the region’s fire departments. The ETRCFC consists of the 16 In terms of project funding, during 2008 ETDD assisted the counties of ETDD and any fire departments in immediately following communities with grant administration or grant adjoining counties that wish to participate. The Council applications that improve water service or wastewater service: includes 68 member departments and meets quarterly to deal Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, with such matters as legislation, mutual aid, training, Claiborne County, Cocke County, Hamblen County, Jefferson communications, information and technical assistance. County, Knox County, Morgan County, Scott County, Union County, Clinton, Cumberland Gap, Dandridge, Harrogate, The Executive Director of ETDD serves as the Secretary and Jacksboro, Jefferson City, Jellico, Lake City, Madisonville, the Treasurer of the ETRCFC and has the responsibility of New Market, New Tazewell, Newport, Norris, Sweetwater, coordinating four quarterly meetings of the Fire Chiefs Vonore and White Pine. Council. Alcoa Service Center In 2008, ETDD coordinated meetings that were sponsored by the marking process will be able to streamline their grant Knoxville Fire Department, the Englewood Fire Department, the applications during their five-year certification period. Bench- Kingston Fire Department and the Gatlinburg Fire Department. marking can be an excellent process for evaluation and The officers of the ETRCFC during 2008 were Chair, Willie improvement of a local community’s park and recreation system. Gordon, Chief of the Kingston Fire Department; Vice-Chair, Tommy Watson, Chief of the Pigeon Forge Fire Department; The Tennessee Recreation Trails Program offers grant funds to Secretary/Treasurer, Terry Bobrowski, Executive Director of the communities that are interested in developing both motorized East Tennessee Development District. and non-motorized trail systems within their jurisdictions. ETDD assisted Hamblen County and Gatlinburg with trail grant In other fire protection activities, the ETDD staff continued the applications. administration of a FEMA fire protection grant for LaFollette and completed the administration of FEMA Fire Protection Grants for Jacksboro, Caryville and Sweetwater. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM ETDD staff also either assisted or prepared FEMA Firefighter Grant Program applications for the Blair VFD, Campbell County In May of 2007, the East Tennessee Development District was Rural Fire Service, Midtown VFD, LaFollette FD, Harriman FD, selected to receive a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Norris FD, Clinton FD, Rockwood FD, Sweetwater FD, Protection Agency to begin a regional brownfields assessment Jacksboro FD and Caryville FD. program. The funding application was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency in December of 2006 and ETDD staff also provided application assistance and advice to ETDD was one of four grants that were awarded within the State numerous other cities and fire departments in the preparation of of Tennessee. The establishment of a regional brownfields FEMA applications. program is a new technical assistance offering for ETDD, one which ETDD hopes to grow and develop on a regional basis for many years to come. RECREATION The program focus has initially been the identification and assessment of brownfield sites. As the program matures, ETDD Throughout the past year, ETDD staff continued working with anticipates applying for clean up funding through EPA so that local governments in planning and development of recreation communities can actually return blighted properties with projects. In 2010, the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) development potential back to the marketplace. Criteria grant program will again be made available to local established to identify potentially contaminated sites that could governments across the State of Tennessee. In order to benefit from an environmental assessment under this program are streamline the grant application process, the State of Tennessee as follows: required all local communities to submit a pre-application in August of 2007 prior to the submission of a final application in 1. Sites that are publicly owned; March of 2008. Since the new pre-application process was 2. Sites being considered for purchase or condemnation by a significantly different from the application procedures used in local government; and the past, ETDD staff conducted a series of three workshops 3. Sites where the property owner is considering the sale of the around the region in order to advise and assist communities with property. the new requirements. ETDD staff then assisted nineteen communities with the preparation and submission of a pre- Through the first full year of the program, ETDD has committed application for the LPRF Program. ETDD then assisted twenty the entire amount of the brownfield grant to the preparation of communities with the submission of full applications for LPRF Phase One and Phase Two environmental site assessments that funding in the Spring of 2008. Communities that were assisted will benefit properties in the following communities: City of by ETDD were Gatlinburg, Morgan County, Sweetwater, Knoxville, City of Maryville, Town of Tazewell, Town of Friendsville, Anderson County, Parrottsville, Dandridge, Oneida, and Morgan County (Plateau Partnership Park). Hamblen County, White Pine, Kingston, Clinton, Jacksboro, Morristown, LaFollette, Jefferson County, Jefferson City, ETDD anticipates the submission of a second brownfields Harriman, Scott County, Lake City and Jellico. assessment grant request in the fall of 2009 in order to continue the program within our 16 county region. If the opportunity The Recreation Educational Division of TDEC also initiated a presents itself, ETDD may also apply for a brownfield clean-up recreation bench-marking program during 2007. The new grant in the fall of 2009. program is designed to be a part of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Three Star Program. As greenfield properties become more expensive to acquire and A community’s park and recreation system that has successfully develop, the redevelopment of brownfield properties is becoming achieved benchmarked status may use that certification as a part an increasingly cost-effective option for local governments to of the Visionary component of the Three Star Program. The consider whenever they decide to increase their inventory of bench-marking process has also been integrated into the LPRF industrial property. grant application process. Communities that complete the bench- ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT C o m mu n i t y a n d e c o n o m i c development activities represent a significant portion of the work of GRANTSMANSHIP the East Tennessee Development District. ETDD's community and Over the past year, ETDD has continued to provide grantsmanship expertise to economic development activities communities seeking federal or state funding for a wide variety of projects. During 2007- are designed to foster the orderly 2008, ETDD staff prepared and submitted applications to address needs within the areas d ev e l o p me nt o f ind ivid ual of historic preservation, community infrastructure, industrial infrastructure, recreation, communities as well as promote the business development, solid waste management and essential community services. ETDD development of the region as a is widely recognized for its record of service delivery within the field of grantsmanship. whole. Economic and community development activities performed The Tennessee FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program (FIDP), introduced during by ETDD include: assisting with late 1988, and the Industrial Loan Program, as funded by the Community Development grant applications and grant Block Grant Program (CDBG), have continued to provide local communities with administration, providing technical important options for financing improvements required by industrial expansions or new assistance for grant applications industrial locations. During the 2008-2009 program year, ETDD staff provided and grant administration, providing application or administration assistance to Roane County, the City of Loudon, Sevier technical assistance in the areas of County, Grainger County, Newport, Monroe County, the Tellico Reservoir Development housing and historic preservation, Agency, the Blount County Industrial Board, Knox County, Morgan County, New designing specific economic Tazewell, Scott County, Clinton, Loudon County and Oak Ridge. Both programs are d evelo p ment strategies fo r important development components, which finance the public/private infrastructure or communities or groups of fixed asset needs of industries wishing to expand or locate in the ETDD region. communities, and preparing other special studies or research projects. ETDD also continued to provide local communities with application and administration C o mmu n i t y a n d e c o n o m i c assistance for more traditional programs such as those listed below: development programs such as these will continue to represent a Community Development Block Grant Program major thrust of the East Tennessee Appalachian Regional Commission Program Development District in its attempt TDOT Industrial Access Road Program to assist communities and to TDOT Enhancement Program maximize the develo p ment Department of Justice COPS and Bulletproof Vest Programs potential of the region. Urban Forestry Program Recycling Grant Programs Economic Development Administration Grant Programs Rural Development Programs Scenic Byways Program FEMA Firefighters Grant Program EPA State and Tribal Grants TDEC Watershed Planning Grant Program EPA Brownfield Assessment and Clean up Program Specific communities or agencies assisted during the 2008-2009 program year with one or more of these programs include: Anderson County, Blount County Industrial Board, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Cocke County, Grainger County, Hamblen County, Jefferson County, Knox County, Loudon County, Morgan County, Monroe County, Roane County, Sevier County, Scott County, Union County, Alcoa, Caryville, Clinton, Cumberland Gap, Dandridge, Friendsville, Greenback, Harriman, Harrogate, Jacksboro, Jefferson City, Jellico, Kingston, Knoxville, LaFollette, Lake City, Loudon (city), Madisonville, Maryville, Maynardville, Newport, New Market, Norris, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, Oneida, Rockwood, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Tazewell, Tellico Reservoir Development Agency, Vonore, and White Pine. availability of funds for rehabilitation of existing or construction HOUSING of new housing. ETDD’s housing program provides technical assistance to city and county governments as well as to nonprofit organizations in the development, application, and implementation of affordable HISTORIC PRESERVATION housing programs for low-income households in the ETDD region. ETDD functions as a regional disseminator of housing The East Tennessee Development District region has a diverse program information by keeping in periodic contact with other and rich heritage readily reflected in its surviving historic and housing-related organizations and exchanging information and cultural landscapes. The region’s historic built environment ideas. exhibits a full range of architectural possibilities – from monumental civic buildings to frontier period log structures; ETDD staff prepared and submitted seven HOME grant from antebellum plantation houses to twentieth-century urban applications in March, 2009, to the Tennessee Housing row houses; from agricultural landscapes to the engineered Development Agency (THDA), for the 2009 grant round. The landscapes of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Whether an grants were submitted on behalf of Campbell County, Cocke industrial-company-town or a main-street business-district; a County, Claiborne County, Morgan County, the City of Clinton, community church, school, cemetery, or an entire cultural the City of Kingston, and the City of Pigeon Forge. landscape, these resources represent the heritage of all East Tennesseans. Underlying the practice of preservation is the The ETDD staff continues to work with each of the development notion that these sites and buildings are worth recognizing, district counties on the Emergency Repair Program for the honoring and protecting as physical reminders of our collective Elderly. A continuing program of THDA, and funded by the state and individual memory, as places that from the cornerstone of Legislature, the program continues to assist the elderly living on community life and identify, as artifacts that convey each fixed incomes, to make timely repairs to their homes so that they region’s distinctive sense of place. may continue to live at home, rather than make a move to a nursing or assisted living facility. The installation of handicap ETDD provides information and technical assistance to city and ramps continues to be a big item, with a 90 foot long ramp, built county governments, organizations, and individuals regarding the in Morgan County, getting an award for the longest ramp built by National Register of Historic Places, grants, tax credits, local the district program. Other projects undertaken include the ordinances and design guidelines, and the restoration and installation of a septic field and indoor bathroom facilities for an rehabilitation of civic, residential and commercial structures. The 83 year old couple, who had never had indoor facilities, the ETDD staff prepared five historic preservation grants during the addition of insulation to a 100 + year old cabin in Sevier County, 2008 THC grant round. Those grant applications were for the and the installation of security doors to the home of an elderly Pearman House in Cumberland Gap, the circa 1819 Claiborne woman in Union County. We are pleased that the program will County Jail in Tazewell, the continued restoration of the Monroe continue through the 2009-2010 fiscal year. County Courthouse, the continued restoration of Glenmore Mansion in Jefferson City, and a survey of historic buildings for The ETDD staff continued to work with the Tennessee Valley Monroe County. Funds for these preservation grants are made Coalition to End Homelessness during the past year. With the available through the Tennessee Historical Commission. Award current economic downturn, the Coalition has seen an increased announcements are usually made in May of each year, in need for the services the member agencies provide, for both conjunction with Preservation Month activities. families and individuals who are suffering from the loss of homes due to foreclosures, or the loss of employment. In addition to the Currently there are several properties in the process of being needs of these families and individuals, the Coalition agencies nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Abston provide supportive housing for victims of domestic violence, Garage in Oliver Springs, and Church Street Methodist Church substance abuse, and those suffering from mental illnesses that in Knoxville were presented to the Tennessee Historical cause chronic homelessness. Commission Review Board in January, and have been listed on the National Register. The Daugherty Furniture Building, located As a result of the depressed economy and problems in the housing in Clinton, has been certified as eligible for the National industry, the ETDD staff has seen an increase in the requests for Register, a precursor to being nominated to the Register, and information from those seeking housing assistance. The staff has generally the first step taken for properties that are undergoing a answered questions, and disseminated information about housing tax credit restoration. resources from the Tennessee Development Housing Agency, and USDA’s Rural Development single family housing repair The ETDD staff assisted 2 communities in the submission of programs, low interest loans, and other programs. As funds have applications for TDOT enhancement grants. Glenmore Mansion, become available through the various federal economic stimulus built circa 1868, located in Jefferson City, applied for funds to packages, there have been requests for information about do archaeological research on the location of the original foreclosure counseling, Section 8 housing vouchers, and entrance drive, and on the location of other houses and outbuildings located on the site. The City of Tazewell and Claiborne County submitted a joint application for streetscape Tennessee Development District that might be eligible for improvements in downtown Tazewell, as Phase 1 of a Downtown markers on the heritage trail include the site of the first battle Revitalization Plan. The Princess Theater Complex, located in fought in Tennessee, located in Morgan County, and the downtown Harriman, received funding for Phase 1 of the Longstreet Billet in Russellville. restoration/ renovation project. Preserve America, an initiative of the President’s Advisory INDUSTRIAL LAND DATA BASE Council on Historic Preservation, begun in 2003, has several ETDD “communities” listed: Rugby, in Morgan County; Oak ETDD staff completed an update to its industrial land data base Ridge in Anderson County, and Blount County. ETDD staff is on all developed industrial parks within the region during the preparing an application for Monroe County, and is assisting in year. The data base profiles each industrial park and contains the preparation of applications for Roane County, Cocke County, specific information on items such as transportation access, Claiborne County, and Pittman Center. The designation of a utilities, available acreage, and contact persons. The report also community as a “Preserve America Community” acknowledges lists the industries and number of employees contained within the cultural and historical heritage of that area and the each industrial park in the region and was published May 2008. community’s dedication to the preservation of that heritage. The next edition will be published in May 2009. ETDD staff continually provides evaluations of National Register eligibility for historic properties both publicly and privately owned, as well as eligibility for tax credit projects, and TOURISM information on grants and loan sources for preservation related projects. Many communities are interested in downtown revitalization, as a means for both saving their historic downtown The most recent statistics from the U.S. Travel Data Center show commercial districts and creating a source for additional tax that travel expenditures in the region were more than $3.054 revenues. Dandridge is a certified Main Street community, and billion in 2007. The travel expenditures created in East ETDD staff is assisting several communities working toward Tennessee: submitting applications for Tennessee’s Main Street program, including Morristown, and Rockwood. Harriman, a former Main ! Over 35,650 travel related jobs Street community, is hoping to reapply, and restart their program. ! Over $165.6 million for state tax revenues ! Over $91.8 million for local tax revenues All federally funded projects must undergo an environmental ! Over $817 million of travel-generated payroll review to assure that the project is not detrimental to either the natural or historic built environment. As part of this process, Tourism continues to be an extremely important component of ETDD staff requests a l06 letter from the Tennessee Historical the economy of East Tennessee. ETDD staff continues to assist Commission. If a “finding of adverse effect” is given, staff acts as cities and counties with infrastructure projects related to tourism a liaison between all interested parties in developing a solution to and provide advice and assistance on tourism matters. the problem. Such has been the case, during the past year, of working with THC, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Grainger County, in the issue of the widening of Highway MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES 11W through the NR eligible Kingwood School grounds, historically known as the Tate’s Spring Resort. All indications During 2008, ETDD staff continued to be more involved with are that the problem has been satisfactorily settled and that the grant application and grant administration work on projects that project is back on track. had either secured funding or received funding earmarks from the Environmental Protection Agency. ETDD staff was involved With the upcoming Sesquicentennial of the War Between the with the preparation or submission of grant applications on States, ETDD staff has been busy assisting communities in behalf of Anderson County, Harrogate, Claiborne County, and identifying sites that might qualify for inclusion on the Civil War Union County. EPA grant administration work continued on Heritage Trail. The Trail winds its way through various states that projects in Anderson County, Cocke County, New Market Utility were impacted by the Civil War, whether through battles or District, Norris, Morgan County, Harrogate, Claiborne County skirmishes, occupation by enemy soldiers, or events occurring and Jefferson City. during the Reconstruction period. Of special interest to many African American residents of East Tennessee is the identification ETDD also continued to provide grant administration services of black churches established following the war, such as Martha for several important water quality projects that are being Davis Baptist Church and Boyd’s Chapel Methodist Church in implemented in the region: (1) The Beaver Creek Watershed Jefferson City, black cemeteries in many communities, Restoration Plan and (2) The Knox County Ecological Market underground railroad sites, and communities such as Promise Credit Project. Land in Grainger County. Other sites throughout the East The Small Business Administration SBA 504 LOAN PROGRAM Certified Development Company The SBA 504 loan program is a partnership between a Certified Development Program, enacted on July 2, 1980, as Company (CDC) such as Areawide Development Corporation (ADC), the U.S. an amendment to the Small Business Small Business Administration and a private lender. SBA 504 loans allow business Investment Act of 1958, was designed owners to buy, build or renovate commercial real estate. Financing options include to help communities by stimulating the the purchase and/or renovation of an existing building; the purchase of land and growth and expansion of small construction of a new building; and also the purchase of expensive equipment or businesses within a defined area of operation. Areawide Development machinery that requires long-term financing. Corporation (ADC), the SBA Certified Development Company for the ETDD The SBA 504 loan program was created for two reasons: 1) To provide financing region, was organized by ETDD under to entrepreneurs who are ready to buy or build a facility, and 2) for the purpose of the provisions of Section 503/504 of stimulating economic development through job creation, business growth and the Act in December 1981. Since its increased tax revenues. Working with a private lender, the CDC provides up to creation, the ADC has been a strong 40% of the financing needed for an eligible commercial project with an SBA 504 force in the promotion and expansion loan. A private lender must partner with the CDC and typically provides 50% of of small business in the region. the needed financing, while the entrepreneur ends up investing as little as 10% Because of its past success and its down into the project. solid relationships with area lending institutions and the SBA, ADC should The CDC works closely with the small business owner to process, approve, close continue to provide quality financing and service the SBA 504 loan. Funding is provided by the CDC issuing a 10 or 20 opportunities to the region in the year debenture bond that is sold to investors on Wall Street giving entrepreneurs future. access to capital at low, fixed interest rates – usually only available to large corporations. Debenture bonds are especially attractive to investors since they are backed by the SBA and fully guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. To date, ADC has closed 232 loans resulting in 5,021 jobs being created or retained. ADC’s total 504 loan portfolio exceeds 43 million dollars and the total capital investment exceeds 287 million dollars. RURAL DEVELOPMENT IRP REVOLVING LOAN FUND Beginning in 1993, ADC began providing fixed asset financing for small businesses through the RDA Intermediary Relending Program. Since then, $3,649,165 in loans have been made, with a total investment of $9,533,923 including $5,888,758 in leveraged funds. A total of 541 jobs have been created through this program. During the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 there were 3 new loans made from this program. EDA REVOLVING LOAN FUND Since 1983 the EDA Revolving Loan Fund has provided fixed asset/working capital financing to small businesses in East Tennessee. To date $3,197,617 has been loaned out with an additional $14,691,318 in leveraged funds for a total investment of $17,888,935. This investment has led to a total of 773 jobs having been created or saved through this program. During the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 there were 3 new loans made from this program. Don Woods, ADC Director SMALL & MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Beginning in January 2008 the East Tennessee Development District, through the Areawide Development Corporation began accepting loan applications through the State of Tennessee’s Small & Minority-Owned Business Assistance Program (SMOB). This loan program primarily targets women and minority owned businesses as loan recipients but would also be available to other eligible small businesses. The maximum loan amount under the SMOB program is $125,000. Through December 31, 2008, ETDD has funded six loans through this program leading to 50 jobs created or retained and $628,000 in total financing including borrower’s equity injection. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT The District’s financial statement audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 by Craine, Thompson and Jones, P.C., Certified Public Accountants was completed in December 2008. The Independent Auditor’s reports on the financial statements, internal control over financial reporting, and compliance with requirements applicable to major programs and internal control over compliance in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 were all unqualified. No findings or questioned costs were reported. The District’s estimated operating revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009 amount to $1,541,770. These revenues consist with a variety of federal, state and local funds received as grants, administrative reimbursements, and assessments as well as charges for administrative services provided to various utility districts, counties and municipalities within the District. Following is a listing of estimated revenues from various contributors to the District: ! Local government contributions from the municipalities and counties that comprise the Development District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $167,259 ! State appropriation through the Department of Economic and Community Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150,000 ! Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Technical Assistance and Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,000 ! Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Elderly Repair Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22,220 ! U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, through the Tennessee Historical Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,938 ! Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Solid Waste Needs Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,000 ! Environmental Protection Agency – Hazardous Waste Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180,000 ! Federal funding directly from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,000 ! Appalachian Regional Commission fund administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117,384 ! Administrative Reimbursements – Loan Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378,389 ! Grant Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143,000 ! Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55,300 ! Tennessee Department of Transportation, Rural Planning Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69,754 ! Other Revenues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101,526 STAFF Trudy Carpenter, Director of Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 years of service Don Woods, Deputy Director / Loan Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 years of service Mitchell Loomis, Grant Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 years of service Gail Byrd, Grants Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 years of service Carl Shamblin, Business Development Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 years of service Mollie Childress, Infrastructure Planner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 years of service Angie Burgin, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 years of service Michele Thomas, Fiscal Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 years of service Phil Layman, Economic/Community Development Planner . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years of service Jennifer Lehto, Transportation Planner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years of service Tim Brew, Business Development Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 years of service Linda Longmire, Records Manager & Document Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years of service Terrence Bobrowski Executive Director Donna Emerson, Historic Preservation / Housing Planner . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years of service 21 Years of Service Kathy Lawson, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 year of service The preparation of this report was funded in part through grants from the State of Tennessee, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration, and other federal, state, and local sources. The East Tennessee Development District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Material from the annual report may be freely reprinted with proper accreditation of the source.
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