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									                              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
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


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

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


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
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-
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
                                         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.
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

                                                   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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