Our Economic and Community Development programs allow us to offer a multitude of resources to the Upper Cumberland area which help promote not only economic growth but community enhancement as well.
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CEDS, THE "ECONOMIC ROAD-MAP"
The goal of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic road-map to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The following document shall provide a path to guide Upper Cumberland residents and leaders as they strive to create jobs and improve the standard of living. This is a working strategy; therefore, as developments occur and priorities change, so must this document.
A draft of the 2015 CEDS document for the Upper Cumberland region was available for review and public comment until September 20, 2015. The final version was submitted to the Economic Development Administration on September 30, 2015.
Click here to view the final CEDS document.
Click here to view the 2016 CEDS Update
Cumberland Area Investment Corporation
CAIC in cooperation with private lenders, USDA Rural Development and U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration(EDA) offers loans to small businesses in the 14 county Upper Cumberland Region working to expand or retain jobs. For more information contact Wallace Austin at (931)476-4175.
Rural Planning Organizations (RPO)
The UCDD contracted with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to establish two Rural Planning Organizations (RPO's) in the Upper Cumberland region. The Center Hill RPO includes Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White counties. The Dale Hollow RPO covers Clay, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett and Smith counties. The organizations' purpose is to provide input from rural counties to TDOT for transportation planning. RPO's work with TDOT to identify the Upper Cumberland region's needs regarding highways, transit, bike/pedestrian issues, aviation and waterways. RPO's are partners with Tennessee's development districts because economic and community development drive many of the transportation improvements in rural counties. For more information, contact Center Hill RPO Coordinator Virginia Solimine at (931)476-4118 and Dale Hollow RPO Coordinator Mark Dudney at (931)476-4152.
The Upper Cumberland Development District assists communities with recycling equipment, Material Recovery Facility, Planning Assistance and Convenience Center grant applications through a contract with the Department of Environment and Conservation. Additionally, communities are provided environmental assistance and education related to subjects such as:
• Flood Control
• Solid Waste Planning
• Environmental Education
• Household Hazardous Waste
• Used Tires
• Used Oil
The Upper Cumberland Development District also provides assistance for local jurisdictions in filing of Solid Waste Reports to the Department of Environment and Conservation. The UCDD assists in planning and implementation of Solid Waste and Recycling plans and goals for each community. For more information contact Lisa Luck at (931)476-4132.
TACIR - Tennessee Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations collects annual information on Infrastructure Needs within each of the Development Districts Statewide. This collection focuses on two differing data fields:
1. Schools Needs-any need over $50,000 (except technology-no lower limit)
2. General Needs-any non-rolling stock needs over $50,000 (water, sewer, public buildings, etc.)
The data is collected and input into a data system for use in allocation and needs assessments.
For more information contact Ben Drury at (931)476-4183.
The UCDD's mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic resources of the Upper Cumberland region. This mission is accomplished through an agreement with the Tennessee Historical Commission, which receives federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Historic preservation projects include preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preparing applications for federal preservation grants and helping conduct Section 106 reviews with the Tennessee Historical Commission. The Historic Preservation Planner is responsible for a wide array of projects dealing with the historical and cultural assets of
the Upper Cumberland area. These projects leverage the unique character of the region to help foster economic development. For more information contact Mark Dudney at (931)476-4152.
Grant Writing & Administration
The Department works with local governments, communities and organizations throughout the Upper Cumberland to help develop the economic potential of the region. The members of the department work together as a team to help communities address opportunities for development, while providing leadership and project administration in order to best utilize these opportunities. The department seeks innovative funding sources for regional initiatives and encourages cooperation and partnerships between various regional entities in order to better serve the Upper Cumberland.
The Department provides technical assistance in the development of grant programs, oversight of regulatory compliance and general project planning.
The work of the team is done in keeping with the overall mission of the Upper Cumberland Development District, which is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the region.
For more information contact Tammy O'Dell (931)476-4109.
We compile various economic and and demographic data for the Upper Cumberland region. Data showing employment rates, population characteristics, retail sales, and many other factors is compiled on an continual basis. Please contact us for any of your statistical needs. For more information contact Henry Bowman at (931) 476-4130.
In 2011, UCDD began offering direct planning assistance to local Planning Commissions by contract. While UCDD has long been active in planning at the state and regional level, providing staff planners to attend local meetings and provide hands-on planning and regulatory assistance is an important addition to UCDD services. UCDD planners help communities with their comprehensive plans, 1101 growth plans, parts and recreation planning, community facility and capital budgets, subdivision and zoning regulations.
UCDD's local planners work closely with member governments, local economic development officials, those with environmental concerns, and other planning professionals in their field. More information on planning in the Upper Cumberland region and educational resources on community planning in general, can be found at the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association website, and various reports issued by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
For information on UCDD's local planning program, please call Tommy Lee at (931) 979-2170.
The Upper Cumberland region receives an amount set by the state each year through their HOME Rehabilitation Program. The Counties throughout the state are scored from most need to less need. The UCDD will contact all eligible counties after a workshop in January of each year. These are 100% grants with no matching funds from the County/City or from the homeowner.
If a grant is awarded, the UCDD will set up a public meeting with the County/City officials to explain the program to citizens and to accept applications
from those interested in the program. Applicants must be low income (income limits are on the state website), must have lived in their home for at least one year, and they must own their home (if a mobile home, they must own the land and home). A forgivable lien is placed on the home for 5 years on a home that we can rehabilitate or 15 years for a home that is to be replaced or reconstructed. For more information on this program and the services it offers, please call Tammy O'Dell at (931)476-4109.
To learn more about THDA's services including Single-Family Homeownership, Homeownership for the Brave, Homebuyer Education, Foreclosure Prevention, Keep My Tennessee Home, BUILD Loans, HOME program, Housing Trust Fund, Emergency Solutions Grant, Community Investment Tax Credit, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Multifamily Tax-Exempt Bond Authority, Tenant Based Housing Choice Voucher, Great Start & Great Advantage Mortgage Program, and Family Self-Sufficiency please click on the link to www.thda.org
UCDD offers a wide variety of GIS services to the cities and counties that it serves. A few of the services that are offered are: updating official zoning maps, data capture and collections, map publications, spatial analysis of data, and much more. If you have any questions about the services that we offer please feel free to give us a call. For more information contact Ben Drury at (931)476-4183.
The Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) can use grant funds to help public or private property owners who suspect their property may be contaminated by petroleum wastes. UCDD conducts environmental site assessments at Hazardous and Petroleum Brownfield sites to determine if contamination exists on a property. If contamination is found, we can go on to determine the steps needed to return the property to active use.
To find out more, click on the resources found below:
UCDD Brownfields Brochure
Tennessee VOAP Information
Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment
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