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Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Learn More

Grant Writing & Project Administration

Provides technical assistance for local governments in the preparation, submission and administration of various federal and state grant programs.

Housing Development

Provides technical assistance and grant writing to communities and assist in the development of non-profit organizations who are interested in low- income housing in our service area. Additional programs that are provided through housing development are the Emergency Repair for the Elderly (ERP) and the HOME Program.

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Business Loan Development

Helping businesses start and grow by making available loan funds through programs such as US EDA Revolving Loan Fund and the USDA Rural Development Intermediary Relending Program.

Local Planning Assistance

Assist Planning Commissioners with training sessions that are required for continuing education purposes.

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Rural Planning Organization (RPO)

Involve local officials in multi-modal transportation planning through a structured process with a goal to ensure quality, competence, and fairness in the transportation decision-making process.

Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association (SETTA)

The official visitor’s guide for vacationers, explorers, and enthusiast who want to discover and experience all that Southeast Tennessee has to offer.

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Historic Preservation

Works with communities that seek to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance.

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Southeast Industrial Development Association (SEIDA)

Providing economic development services for a 22- county region in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Outlines a vision for the region and sets forth an ambitious plan to prepare communities for long-term resilience and prosperity.   Download PDF

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