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Giles Gets Three Star Grant

Giles County, which has successfully obtained state grants under the Three Star Program, for economic development, has another.

Much of the approximately $50,000 in the latest grant will go help education. Other funds will go to the Giles County Chamber of Commerce for tourism and to an unspecified recipient for study of a possible mountain trail/hiking trail.

David Hamilton, executive director of the EDC, credited Marilyn Ricciardi, also with the county EDC, with helping prepare the grant application.

“What we asked for was $45,000 for the CTE programs, welding simulator, phlebotomy arms and supplies, laser cutter and saw mill,” Ricciardi wrote in an email.

Another $2,500 will go to the study of a possible mountain trail/hiking trail, and $2,500 will go to the chamber, for tourism, she wrote.

Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the awarding of the grants to 54 counties. Adjacent counties of Lincoln and Maury also received grants.

Funds support local workforce training, health and economic development initiatives, according to the state.

Education, workforce development, health, tourism, small business entrepreneurship and economic development are among those funded.

“This will help local communities to make Tennessee an even better place to live,” Lee said,

“The Three Star Grant Program is a valuable tool that assists communities focused on making strides in key areas,” Bob Rolfe, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said.

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