Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved over $27.6 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which will assist communities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitations, and health and safety initiatives.

The Town of Livingston was awarded $630,000 for water system improvements.

“These funds play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Gov. Lee said. “I applaud each community for investing in themselves and taking the necessary steps to improve their assets, infrastructure and safety initiatives.”

Commissioner Rolfe added, “Community Development Block Grants are an enormous asset to communities across the state and Tennessee as a whole. The 66 communities receiving CDBG funding will be better prepared for economic growth, which will in turn help Tennessee continue to succeed. I look forward to the future success each community will see in the years to come.”

The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process at the local community level. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Funds are available for water and sewer improvements and new extensions, housing rehabilitation, and health and safety projects.

State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) said, “I am pleased Livingston will receive this major grant and appreciate the excellent work by our local officials in securing the funds. These funds will help improve the health of our residents and the overall quality of life by ensuring access to clean water, as well as proved new methods to effectively dispose of waste water. I am also grateful to Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for helping our local officials address some of the important needs in our community.”

The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by Tennessee General Assembly.