TNECD administers a number of grants to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure improvements, and health and safety initiatives to do just that. But another way our department helps communities across the state is through the Marketing Assistance Program (MAP).
Launched in 2015 and offered at no cost to qualifying communities, each round of the program has helped give 12 Tennessee counties the resources and deliverables needed to gain additional economic development opportunities. Initially, the program focused on helping only counties designated as distressed, but the pilot round saw such success that eligibility was expanded in the second round to include Tier 4 and Tier 3 counties. In Round 3 of the program, eligibility was extended to Tier 2 counties as well.