The website, a recommendation made by the task force in its October strategic plan, includes information from nine state departments and six task force community partners. It is designed to provide Tennessee’s rural community leaders and citizens with a single source for information about grants, loans, technical assistance and other community development programs.
The commissioners of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Agriculture and Tourist Development serve as co-chairs of the task force.
“The launch of the new website is the first of many initiatives to come from the Rural Task Force,” said Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett. “It serves as a tool to enhance communication with rural communities regarding projects being developed by the task force and the opportunities available to those areas this program was designed to assist.”
“The new website will be a great source of information for our communities,” said Agricultural Commissioner Jai Templeton. “The new searchable grants and resources database will especially help our rural leaders find grants, technical assistance, training, and other resources from all departments of state government and task force partners in one central location.”
“This one-stop shop for communities will make a big difference across the state and is just one of a number of task force projects already underway utilizing existing resources,” said Amy New, assistant commissioner for Rural Development in the Department of Economic and Community Development. “Gov. Haslam’s budget includes $21 million for Rural Task Force initiatives and we look forward to implementing those programs that will address everything from agriculture and wellbeing to leadership development and job creation.”
More details about the Rural Task Force’s work are available at tn.gov/ruraltaskforce.