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Alexander, Frist Announce Support for Transportation & HUD Projects

Location: Washington, DC

Alexander, Frist Announce Support for Transportation & HUD Projects

July 22nd, 2005 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, and Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, includes funding for several transportation and economic development initiatives in Tennessee. The bill was passed out of the committee late yesterday afternoon.

"Transportation and economic development initiatives grow the economy and encourage investments that generate jobs and new opportunities for all Tennesseans," said Frist. "These projects will help expand and revitalize communities across the state. Senator Alexander and I are proud to have fought for these Tennessee projects, and we will continue to support them as the appropriations process moves forward."

"This bill provides funding to improve our highways and infrastructure, which are critical to economic development statewide," said Alexander. "Senator Frist and I will continue to work together to make sure Tennessee communities receive the federal assistance they need to succeed."

Transportation-Related Funding:

$10 million for statewide bus and bus facility funding. This funding will be used to help transit agencies across the state improve their transit systems through the purchase of new buses and enhanced facilities.

$6 million for the Nashville East Corridor Commuter Rail project to continue construction.

$2.5 million for the Memphis International Airport intermodal facility to improve parking and transportation.

Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Program Funding:

$750,000 for the City of Clinton to renovate the Green McAdoo Cultural Center.

$500,000 for Technology 2020 in Oak Ridge to support the East Tennessee Nanotechnology Initiative.

$200,000 for the Big South Fork Visitors Center in Cumberland County to develop new visitor facilities.

$250,000 for Smith County for construction and infrastructure improvements to a Health, Senior, and Education complex.

$300,000 for the Chattanooga African American Chamber of Commerce, to construct the Martin Luther King Business Solutions Center.

$400,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville to expand its distribution center.

$600,000 for the Carroll County Watershed Authority in Carroll County for land acquisition.

The legislation must now be considered and approved by the full United States Senate.

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