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Request for Proposal – Retail Marketing Initiative


South Central Tennessee Development District (SCTDD) and Greater Nashville Regional Commission (GNRC) have issued this Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of all labor, materials and management necessary to implement a retail marketing initiative for rural communities.


The RFP, Terms, Conditions, Requirements and any Specifications may be viewed at SCTDD, 101 Sam Watkins Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Copies of this RFP and relevant documentation may be obtained at SCTDD by contacting Lorie Fisher, Community Development Director, at (931) 379-2913, or by E-Mail at lfisher@sctdd.org.


All proposals must be submitted in strict compliance with the Proposal Instructions as prescribed in the RFP, and must be received at SCTDD’s reception lobby no later than 2:00 pm CST, on or before May 20, 2017.


SCTDD and GNRC hereby notify potential proposers that all firms will be afforded equal opportunity to submit proposals in response to this request and will not be discriminated against in consideration for award on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, creed, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. Disadvantaged, minority and female firms are especially encouraged to apply.


All proposers must be compliant with applicable requirements relating to minimum wage, Workmen’s Compensation and conditions of employment.

Posted on: 19 Apr, 2017


2017 Tennessee Greenways & Trails Forum

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm to Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Montgomery Bell State Park
1000 Hotel Avenue
Burns, TN  37029

Click here for more information or to register.

Posted on: 30 Mar, 2017


PUBLIC NOTICE – Arts Builds Communities Workshop


Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – April Workshop Announcement flyer

Monday, May 1, 2017 – May Workshop Announcement flyer

These workshops provide information on the application process, grant purpose and deadlines for
Organizations in Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson Counties wishing to apply for ARTS Grand funds


The purpose of the ABC program is to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset based cultural enterprise.


The Greater Nashville Regional Council will hold the above mentioned workshops (please view the flyer by clicking the above dates for the location and times).  The workshops will last approximately (2) two hours. The purpose of the workshop is to share information about the upcoming FY2018 Arts Builds Communities Grant program including the application process and deadline, which is June 30, 2017.


The TN Arts Commission funds the program through the sales of the “Specialty License” plates. All interested organizations are encouraged to attend and apply. Application guidelines can be found online at the following address: http://tnartscommission.org/grants/arts-build-communities-grant-2/view-abc-grant-guidelines/.


Apply Online Here: http://tnartscommission.org/new-online-grants-system/apply-online/


Awards range from $500 to $2500 and there is a match requirement.


Designated Agency Contact information:

GNRC, Rasheedah Pardue
501 Union Street, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: (615) 891-5868
Fax: (615) 862-8840
Email: mailto:rpardue@gnrc.org
Website: http://www.gnrc.org/


Other Designated Agencies serve the remaining GNRC region as follows:

Davidson County applicants will continue to be served by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Laurel Fisher can be reached at mailto:Laurel.Fisher@nashville.gov


The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council will serve Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery Robertson and Stewart Counties. The contact for this agency is Ellen Kaverno at mailto:artsandheritage@cdelightband.net


Follow this link for information on how to apply and for complete contact information and guidelines:




Posted on: 23 Mar, 2017


2015-2019 Consolidated Plan: CDBG Substantial Amendment Summary

The State of Tennessee Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program has historically allocated the grant funds to eligible non-entitlement local governments for community development improvements including water and sewer infrastructure, public facilities, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, and commercial façade improvements. Until the past few years, CDBG funds were also used for economic development loans. Through a process of reconciliation of grants funds an unexpended balance of $22 million has been determined to be available for allocation. $4 million was used to fund additional projects in from the 2016 regular CDBG application round. TNECD is proposing the following uses for the remaining balance of funds.

  • $1,000,000 to be used for rural microenterprise assistance. Microenterprises are considered to be businesses of five (5) or fewer employees including the owner(s).
  • $10,000,000 to be used for workforce development in rural Tennessee. These funds will be used to fund additional TCATs in rural areas that applied for the Drive to 55 Capacity Building Fund grant.
  • $2,000,000 to be allocated as a one-time use of funds to rehabilitate and reroute the Stanton Wastewater Treatment System.
  • $2,500,000 to be allocated as a one-time use of funds for the construction of an EMS facility in the southwest area of Haywood County.
  • $1,000,000 to be used for Project 95. Funds will go toward the construction of a facility to create jobs in Hancock County.
  • $200,000 to be used for the Asset-Based Planning initiative that will assist counties to identify, enhancement, and maximize their assets.
  • $300,000 to be used for a Retail Academy that will assist communities in developing and implementing plans and strategies to recruit and grow retail businesses.
  • $1,000,000 to be allocated for the use of unmet recovery needs in Sevier County and a result of the November, 2016 wildfires.

Please send comments and questions to Kent Archer at kent.archer@tn.gov. All comments must be received by February 28, 2017

Posted on: 6 Feb, 2017


PUBLIC NOTICE – GNRC Finance & Personnel Meeting

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., there will be a Finance and Personnel Committee meeting for the purpose of considering and transacting all financial and personnel business that comes before the committee at Music City Central Meeting Room, 400 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37219. GNRC is an EEO/AA/AOA organization.  Contact Angie Hutchison at 615-880-3904 for further information.

Posted on: 2 Nov, 2016


GNRC Assists City of Eagleville Obtain $500,000 in THDA HOME Funds

The City of Eagleville in Rutherford County was presented with a check for $500,000 by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency on September 22, 2016 for a HOME grant. The Greater Nashville Regional Council assisted Eagleville with the application and Greer Broemel was on hand for the event. THDA HOME grants are used to help low income households that meet certain ownership requirements make necessary repairs to stay in their homes.



Posted on: 3 Oct, 2016


PUBLIC NOTICE – THDA is charged with developing a National Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan on August 16, 2016.


The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is charged with developing a National Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan, which will be incorporated into the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan on August 16, 2016.

The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) is a new federal formula grant program provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds will be distributed to the State of Tennessee to produce, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate housing affordable to extremely low-income households earning less than 30 percent of the area median income. The State of Tennessee will receive $3 million in the first year of the NHTF. 

The public comment period for the NHTF Allocation Plan is from June 6, 2016 to July 6, 2016. THDA requests public input on the following required plan components: priority housing needs, project-based rental assistance, eligibility requirements for sub-grantees, geographic targeting, funds leveraging, and the duration of the affordability period.

THDA is also updating one housing goal in the Consolidated Plan to reflect changes to the Emergency Solutions Grant Program in Tennessee.

THDA is hosting three public meetings across the State of Tennessee during the public comment period to hear comments about the NHTF Allocation Plan:

Location Date/Time
City of Millington – City Hall
7930 Nelson Street
Millington, TN  38053
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
11:00 AM (CST)
Tennessee Housing Development Agency
502 Deaderick, Ground Level Hearing Room
Nashville, TN 37243
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
11:00AM (CST)
East Tennessee Development District
216 Corporate Place
Alcoa, TN 37701
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
11:00 AM (EST)


A summary of the plan will be available for review and public comment at www.thda.org. The summary will also be available for review at the nine Development Districts of Tennessee. Locations of the nine Development Districts are available on the Tennessee Development District Association website at www.tennesseedevelopmentdistricts.org.

Written comments via electronic submission on the THDA website will be accepted from June 6, 2016 to July 6, 2016.

For language assistance or reasonable accommodations, please contact the Tennessee Housing Development Agency via email: nhtf@thda.org or phone: 615-815-2200.

Posted on: 6 Jun, 2016


Tourism 101 Workshops

May 10th, 11th and June 15th
Dickson, Franklin and Hendersonville.

Click here for more details.


Posted on: 3 May, 2016


Arts Build Communities Workshop April 26 & 28

Click here for more details.

Online Grants are due on July 1, 2016.

Posted on: 7 Apr, 2016


USDA Awards Grant to Help Repair Housing in Rural Williamson County

GNRC partners with the USDA to secure a grant benefiting Williamson’s County’s rural population.  The $36,318 grant is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant program and is being combined with funding from Williamson County and Greater Nashville Regional Council to help 13 very-low income elderly and disabled families in Williamson County make housing repairs.


News Release


Posted on: 6 Jan, 2016


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