Provides Database of Resources for Rural Community Leaders
The new website and database 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. Photo courtesty the Governor's Rural Task Force website.
NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Rural Task Force has launched a new website
and resource database for Tennessee’s rural communities, featuring
comprehensive information about the task force and a searchable database
that catalogs available programs and resources.
The website, a recommendation made by the task force in its October 2016 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
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,” Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin
Triplett said. “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
“The new website will be a great source of information for our
communities,” Agricultural Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “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
“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,” Amy New, Assistant Commissioner
for Rural Development in the Department of Economic and Community
Development, said. “Governor 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.”
In October, the task force released its strategic plan to advance
rural communities and promote economic development throughout Tennessee.
The task force brought together stakeholders from all parts of the
state in a grassroots effort to craft the recommendations presented in
the comprehensive plan.
Alongside the one-stop-shop resources website, the task force is
working to implement other recommendations made in October, including
asset-based planning and the Retail Academy. Asset-based planning helps
communities identify long-term goals to leverage local assets, while the
Retail Academy provides communities an analysis of retail gaps and
provides tools to grow retail opportunities. More details about the
Rural Task Force’s work are available at tn.gov/ruraltaskforce.