Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement after President Obama announced that a Department of Labor National Emergency Grant (NEG) has been approved to create 2,416 temporary jobs in Tennessee. Eligible dislocated workers would be employed to assist in the clean-up and recovery efforts from the severe storms and flooding in early May.
"Nashville is rising after the flood and these funds will help put more than 2,400 Tennesseans to work rebuilding our great state. I am pleased the Federal Government has continued to take action to help Middle Tennessee recover from this terrible disaster."
The Department of Labor has approved $4,674,400 with $1,752,900 released initially to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The funds will be used to provide temporary employment on projects for the clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation, and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities, and lands within the affected communities. Funds will also be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter, and other types of humanitarian assistance for disaster victims. Cheatham, Davidson and Wilson Counties were among the 30 counties covered by this grant.