NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today that he has a solid lineup of expert speakers for his annual Grants Conference set for September 18.  He said many of the speakers are involved in the grant decision-making process and are very knowledgeable about the mechanics of how to construct a successful application.

“We are fortunate to have a host of state grant decision makers who will offer expert advice on how to submit a competitive and successful application,” said Sen. Yager.  “We just want to remind individuals from our non-profit organizations and local government employees to register as soon as possible for the free conference and let them know about the powerful line-up of speakers we have coming this year to help them access available grant funds.”

Key officials from the Tennessee Departments of Economic and Community Development, Environment and Conservation, Transportation, Health, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse will make presentations and be available to interact with participants.  Among federal presenters is U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Director for Tennessee Jim Tracy.

The conference will also include a session on securing broadband grant funding.

“Broadband is critical to commerce and the quality of life of every Tennessean,” added Senator Yager.  “It is also essential for our current and future education and economic initiatives.  We want to make sure that we are maximizing our potential and that we receive grants to widen broadband connectivity.  The speakers will help inform participants of the best resources and methods in securing these grants.”

The conference will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at Roane State Community College from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST.  It is free of charge but participants must register by email at