McGill’s Knoxville Team Helps Communities Invest in Local Infrastructure
McGill Secured $1,889,993 in Funding for 3 Communities in Tennessee
At the end of January, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe approved $28.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). McGill’s Knoxville team contributed to these efforts by providing the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for three of the grant recipients — Englewood, Jefferson City, and Ducktown, Tennessee.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CDBG FUNDS FOR COMMUNITIES IN TENNESSEE
The grants are allocated in accordance with priorities established through a public meeting procedure at the local community level. These funds can be used for a variety of projects, including water and sewer extensions and improvements, housing repair, and public health and safety initiatives.
A better quality of life for community residents and business owners will be made possible as a result of these enhancements, which will, in turn, benefit the entire state of Tennessee.
MCGILL’S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CDBG PROCESS
McGill Knoxville Office Manager Jamie Carden said, “Most of the time the front end of the work to help these communities get the grants, is talking to the mayors, council, and utility leaders and seeing what their needs are. Once we establish those, the next step is coming back and putting together a PER for those projects. Then, we go on to help the communities with the CDBG application process.”
ENGLEWOOD, JEFFERSON CITY, AND DUCKTOWN
McGill assisted three communities in Tennessee with receiving CDBG grants, which totaled $1,889,993.
“Englewood is a dual-prong project that has collection and a pump station, Jefferson City is a sewer rehabilitation, so it is also a collection system, and then Ducktown is a water system rehabilitation,” explained Jamie.
MCGILL’S EXPERIENCE IN WATER AND SEWER
Jamie noted, “In our Knoxville office, we are historically helping out with CDBG grants related to water and sewer rehabilitation.”
Responsible water and wastewater management are critical for community growth and quality of life, and McGill has been providing communities with creative and cost-effective infrastructure solutions for almost four decades now. With a strong history of success in the water and sewer space, we are well equipped to assist communities from initial reports, through project completion.
MCGILL’S GRANT ASSISTANCE
We recognize how crucial grant funding is when it comes to launching new initiatives. Our staff assists local governments and businesses in their efforts to secure funding for a variety of infrastructure projects. We take the time to assess each client’s unique wants and needs. Our staff at McGill has a plethora of knowledge and experience in all aspects of grant writing, administration, development, and research at the federal, state, and local level.
By maintaining strong relationships with funders, we are able to constantly monitor the funding and programming climate and ensure that our clients are being provided with the most up-to-date information and resources.
INVESTING IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Investing in the areas where we live and work is a priority for McGill, and CDBG funds are an excellent example of an investment in towns and neighborhoods that ensures they have the tools to remain healthy and prosperous.
We are thrilled that we were about to assist our clients in Tennessee during this grant cycle in and are looking forward to the positive impacts that these funds will make.
See the articles below to read more about McGill’s involvement with CDBG funding throughout the Southeast, and the communities that have benefited from these grants and our services.
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