City of Soddy-Daisy Receives Rebuild TN Award

TDDA Honors Area Local Government

Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 8, 2016 – The City of Soddy Daisy has received the “John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee” Award from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA). Soddy Daisy was recognized for the Big Soddy Gulf Nature Preserve Project. The award was made during the TDDA Annual Conference held on March 29, 2016, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.

The TDDA is an association of Tennessee’s nine development districts, which are regional planning and economic development organizations. These policy boards within each District are made up of the state’s 95 Counties and 340 municipalities. Development districts assist with regional issues including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for critical infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, housing, tourism, economic development loans, environmental quality and natural resources planning, work force development and services to the elderly.

“These awards are given on the basis of nominations from each of the nine development districts and are presented to those local governments and other agencies for special contributions to the improvement of infrastructure systems and/or the quality of life for their citizens. For $1 million, The City of Soddy Daisy purchased 285 acres of the Big Soddy Gulf to preserve the land and allow passive public use into perpetuity. By recognizing the economic benefits of conserving land, Soddy Daisy has demonstrated leadership and vision toward meeting the future needs of their growing population,” said Beth Jones, Executive Director of the Southeast Tennessee Development District.

“The Rebuild Tennessee Awards highlight and recognize projects from across the State of Tennessee that have had a significant impact on the jurisdictions in which they are located. We appreciate the effort that the city has made toward preserving the environment and it is only fitting that they be recognized for their leadership and vision, said Richard Driver, TDDA President and Lafayette City Mayor.”

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Pictured L to R: Amy New, Assistant Commissioner, Rural Development TNECD; Chuck Hammonds, SETDD Assistant Executive Director; Beth Jones, SETDD Executive Director; Hon. Rick Nunley, Mayor of Soddy-Daisy; Janice Cagle, Soddy-Daisy City Manager; Sam Saieed, SETDD Grants Coordinator/Regional Planner