(NASHVILLE), October 2019 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) announced today that Byrdstown will receive $525,000 through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).   The lawmakers made the announcement after receiving the information from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). 

The grant will be used for water system improvements to repair and rehabilitate water lines, service connections, gate boxes and valves, and fire hydrants in the Byrdstown water system. 

“Infrastructure is very important to the well-being of our citizens and the economic development of our county,” said Senator Yager.  “I am pleased that this money has been funded to take care of the needed projects for sewer treatment. We appreciate Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for their assistance in acquiring this grant, as well as our local officials for their work on securing these funds. We were pleased to support it.”

“I am pleased that our Department of Economic and Community Development is making this important investment in our growing community,” said Rep. Keisling. “These funds will address community needs and improve the quality of life for our citizens. Congratulations to our local leaders for securing this funding. It was an honor to support their efforts.”

The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.