Grant for Shipp's Bend Industrial Park

The Town of Centerville has won a $310,650 state grant to make its 49-acre industrial property at Shipp’s Bend “shovel ready and attractive to industry prospects,” according to a May 9 announcement by Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

Mayor Gary Jacobs said the funding will allow creation of an access road from Atys Way, extension of a sewer line between the industrial property and the Agrana Fruit US station, and a reroute of Broome Lane for local residents. “I was very pleased,” he told aldermen last Tuesday. “The town is looking to improve our industrial base and the business base.”

Aldermen will be asked to contribute a 5 percent share -- or $16,350 -- to what will be a $327,000 project when the board meets on May 24.

The grant is part of the Select Tennessee Site Development program, a state initiative to encourage local governments to bring infrastructure for their available properties up the full preparation. The Shipp’s Bend site is not in the program yet, though Jacobs said this grant may make that a foregone conclusion. The mayor, who has submitted more than 70 documents toward that certification, and Vision Hickman Executive Director Brenda Pfeiffer presented the grant application to a panel of state economic officials last month.

Jacobs said Centerville was chosen for a share of $6 million in available funds; a total of $9 million was applied for by various communities. “This was competitive,” he told aldermen.