(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and State Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) announced today that the City of Wartburg will receive a $45,000 Infrastructure Planning grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).  The grant is part of the Rural Economic Opportunity (REO) fund designed to better address unique water and sewer needs of rural Tennessee counties, particularly those with financially distressed water systems.

“This important grant is great news for Wartburg,” said Sen. Yager. “It will result in infrastructure improvement which means a more efficiently run system. I congratulate the work of Wartburg officials for recognizing the need and submitting a professional application.”

Grant funding will help utility districts better serve their customers, develop capital improvement plans and develop better applications for funding to assist with additional upgrades. Funds can be used for water loss studies and the investigation and/or system mapping for water or wastewater systems.

Rep. Windle added, “This grant is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of city leaders in Wartburg and state officials at TNECD.  This gives the city of Wartburg important funding that it needs to prepare for the future.”

For more information about these Infrastructure Planning Grants, please click here.

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) will be attending the Dixie Lee historical marker dedication ceremony and presenting the family with a senate proclamation honoring her life.  The ceremony will be at 4:00pm EST on November 8th, 2019 at the corner of Maple Street and Oak Street in Harriman.

Who: State Senator Ken Yager

What: Dedication of historical marker and presentation of senate proclamation

When: Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 4:00p.m. EST

Where: 205 Maple Street, Harriman, TN 37748

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(NASHVILLE), November 7, 2019 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) made the following statement regarding the announcement that two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and one Community College in Senate District 12 will receive major grants under provisions of the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) Act which he co-sponsored.  Roane State Community College will receive $999,950 under the grant program for Fast Forward for Success (F3S).  TCAT Jacksboro will receive $750,000 for Innovative New Vocational Education in the State of Tennessee (INVEST). TCAT Oneida will receive $1,000,000 for Investing in Vocational Education in Three Distressed Counties. 

“A skilled workforce, which is essential to a growing economy, starts with work-based learning and vocational education opportunities for young students,” said Senator Ken Yager, Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus. “This investment in our TCATs and community colleges will provide these opportunities and aid in our efforts to build the skilled workforce necessary to meet the needs of our communities. I was happy to co-sponsor the legislation to make these funds available, and I appreciate Governor Lee for his dedication to this initiative. It will certainly serve our state, our students and our economy well.”

The release from Governor Lee regarding the grants is copied below:

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Gov. Lee Announces $25 Million Vocational Education Investment Through GIVE Grants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced projects receiving funding through the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) program which prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide.

“We are proud to work with the General Assembly to pass the GIVE initiative and expand career and technical education for Tennessee students,” said Lee. “These funds directly support our workforce development efforts in distressed and at-risk counties and are a key component of our strategy to prioritize rural Tennessee.”

Earlier this year, the General Assembly approved $25 million in the governor’s budget to incentivize collaboration at the local level among stakeholders such as higher education institutions, K-12 and economic development partners.

The award process began in June when the Tennessee Higher Education Commission issued a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP). Each proposal was required to show local data that clearly identified both workforce needs and a sustainable plan utilizing equipment, work-based learning experiences, or recognized industry certifications to increase the state’s competitiveness and postsecondary attainment goals.

The program prioritized economically distressed and at-risk counties in the RFP process. The 28 funded projects will serve all economically distressed counties and 18 of the 24 at-risk counties.

The Appalachian Regional Commission index of economic status categorizes counties as at-risk or distressed based upon their three-year average unemployment rate, per capita market income, and poverty rates. Distressed counties rank among the 10% most economically distressed in the nation while at-risk counties rank between the bottom 10% and 25% of the nation’s counties.

Below is the list of GIVE projects and recipients:

Project TitleRecipientAmount
Career-Aligned Learning Pathways Project: Implementing NCCER National Industry CertificationTCAT Athens$   111,002
Welding Program Expansion – Giles CountyTCAT Pulaski$   310,146
Innovative New Vocational Education in the State of Tennessee (INVEST)TCAT Jacksboro$   750,000
Cyber Defense MobileColumbia State Community College$   841,320
Trane Training Lab: New HVAC Training Program with Alcoa City SchoolsTCAT Knoxville$   892,745
Jackson-Madison County Manufacturing Alliance: An Educational Pathway to Student SuccessTCAT Jackson$   927,580
Teaching Innovative Learning Technologies (TILT)Motlow State Community College$   949,410
Developing the Healthcare Workforce for TodayChattanooga State Community College – Southeast Tennessee Development District$   976,254
Digital Agronomy ProgramTCAT Covington$   978,813
Northeast Tennessee STEM to WorkTCAT Elizabethton$1,000,000
BRIDGE to WorkTCAT Dickson – Northern Middle TN Workforce Board$   987,699
Regional Transportation Education CenterTCAT Crump – The Ayers Foundation$   997,688
GIVE Blount County Careers Collaborative (BC3)Pellissippi State Community College$   998,416
Northeast Tennessee IT Career Accelerator PathwayNortheast State Community College$   998,823
GIVE Knox County Careers Collaborative (KC3)Pellissippi State Community College$   999,874
Fast Forward for Success (F3S)Roane State Community College$   999,950
Tennessee Central Cooperative Manufacturing WBL ProgramTCAT Hartsville – Tennessee Central Economic Authority$   994,995
Advanced Technologies Apprenticeship InstituteCleveland State Community College$   999,956
Partnership in Agricultural Education (PAE)TCAT Crump $   999,978
Five Rivers Partnership for Future Ready PathwaysTCAT Morristown$1,000,000
Investing in Vocational Education in Three Distressed CountiesTCAT Oneida$1,000,000
Fabricating a New Workforce in Clay County through Welding TechnologyTCAT Livingston$1,000,000
CNA to BSN (C2B): A Prescription for Nursing Shortages for Rural West TennesseeDyersburg State Community College$1,000,000
Machining in Warren County – Shaping Your CareerTCAT McMinnville – Upper Cumberland Development District$1,000,000
Southwest Tennessee Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing ProgramsTCAT Whiteville$1,000,000
Diesel MaintenanceTCAT Livingston$1,000,000
GIVE Technical Skills to Rise Above Distressed to BestTCAT Hohenwald$1,000,000
GO TECH: Growing Opportunities with TechnologyVolunteer State Community College – Greater Nashville Technology Council$1,000,000

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(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) announced today that the City of Jellico will receive a $45,000 Infrastructure Planning grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).  The grant is part of the Rural Economic Opportunity (REO) fund designed to better address unique water and sewer needs of rural Tennessee counties, particularly those with financially distressed water systems.

“I am pleased to join Rep. Powers to announce this important grant for Jellico,” said Sen. Yager. “It will result in infrastructure improvement which means a more efficiently run system. Congratulations to Jellico officials for recognizing the need and submitting a professional application.”

Grant funding will help utility districts better serve their customers, develop capital improvement plans and develop better applications for funding to assist with additional upgrades. Funds can be used for water loss studies and the investigation and/or system mapping for water or wastewater systems.

“This important infrastructure grant is great news for the Jellico community,” said Rep. Powers. “As our community continues to expand, it is important that our infrastructure meets the demands of our citizens. This much-deserved funding will help local officials prepare for the future, and I will continue to provide assistance along the way.”

For more information about these Infrastructure Planning Grants, please click here.

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(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and State Representatives Kent Calfee (R-Kingston) and Ron Travis (R-Dayton) announced today that the Harriman Utility Board will receive a $45,000 Infrastructure Planning grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).  The grant is part of the Rural Economic Opportunity (REO) fund designed to better address unique water and sewer needs of rural Tennessee counties, particularly those with financially distressed water systems.

“This important grant is great news for Harriman,” said Sen. Yager. “It will result in infrastructure improvement which means a more efficiently run system. I congratulate the work of Harriman officials for recognizing the need and submitting a professional application.”

Grant funding will help utility districts better serve their customers, develop capital improvement plans and develop better applications for funding to assist with additional upgrades. Funds can be used for water loss studies and the investigation and/or system mapping for water or wastewater systems.

“Harriman Utility Board has been providing electric, natural gas, drinking water, and more to our citizens for many decades,” said Rep. Calfee. “This infrastructure grant funding will help keep our utilities up to date as our community continues to grow and attract new businesses. It was great working with our local elected officials on this grant application, and I will continue to fight for additional resources to help improve the overall quality of life for our citizens.”

“As our community continues to grow, it is important that our infrastructure, such as the utility system, is up to date and prepared to meet the demands of our citizens,” said Rep. Travis. “This important grant funding will provide our local leaders and community with the resources they need to better prepare for the future. I am pleased to have worked with our local elected officials to secure this funding, and I will continue to provide assistance as needed.”

For more information about these Infrastructure Planning Grants, please click here.

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