Recovery Act

TDOT’s New Lauderdale County Employees Head to Work

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 10:10 am
29 newly hired Lauderdale County citizens are now Tennessee Department of Transportation District 45 maintenance workers.
29 newly hired Lauderdale County citizens are now Tennessee Department of Transportation District 45 maintenance workers.
New Hires are on the Job after Two Days of Safety and New Employee Training
 
NASHVILLE – Twenty-nine Lauderdale County citizens hit the roads today as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. On December 16, 2009, Governor Phil Bredesen outlined a plan to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment and put 175 people back to work in Lauderdale County. The 29 newly-hired TDOT workers are among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Governor’s plan.
 
“TDOT has worked quickly to hire, train and place these Lauderdale County citizens on the job as highway maintenance workers,” said Bredesen. “These new jobs, along with others outlined in the plan to reduce unemployment in Lauderdale County, should begin to ease some of the strain caused by the economic downturn.”

Bredesen Signs Landmark Education Bills Into Law

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 01:59 pm
Bredesen Signs the Tennessee First to the Top Act and the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.
Bredesen Signs the Tennessee First to the Top Act and the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.
NASHVILLE — Calling it a “landmark opportunity” for public education in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen today signed into law two bills passed during this month’s special session of the 106th General Assembly that was focused on improving K-12 and higher education.
 
Joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including Lieutenant Governor and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Kent Williams — Bredesen put his signature on the “Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010” and the “Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.” The new laws enact a range of measures designed to spur improvement in Tennessee’s education pipeline — specifically, improving student performance and graduation rates at both the high school and college levels.

Tennessee Submits Race to the Top Plan - Reform Proposal Seeks $502 Million for Volunteer State

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 09:38 am
Race to the Top
Race to the Top

NASHVILLE–The State of Tennessee has submitted its proposal in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition, seeking a total of $501.8 million in federal resources to spur education innovation across the Volunteer State.

Tennessee’s final request exceeded recent estimates by about $17 million, mainly due to additional resources that are being sought for turnaround schools. Tennessee’s complete Race to the Top proposal, totaling 1,111 pages with supporting documents, can be found on the state Department of Education Web site at www.tn.gov/education.

Bredesen Urges Swift Passage of Education Innovation Plan

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 05:58 pm
Bredesen delivers his speech during the Special Session on Education.
Bredesen delivers his speech during the Special Session on Education.
Governor Urges Legislators to Seize the Moment,
Position Tennessee to be First to the Top in Education
 
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today addressed a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly to urge swift passage of a range of education-reform proposals designed to spur improvement in Tennessee’s education pipeline – specifically, improving student performance and graduation rates at both the high school and college levels. Collectively, the proposals are known as the “Tennessee Education Innovation Plan.”

Bredesen Announces Job Creation Plan for Hancock County

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 | 01:42 pm

Effort to Combat Unemployment Targets County with High Unemployment Rate

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Hancock County by putting up to 100 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Hancock County has had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates – 17.8 percent in November – for the past three months and includes 430 currently unemployed residents.

Tennessee to Receive Federal Matching Funds for Electronic Health Record Incentives Program

Monday, January 04, 2010 | 04:16 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced that Tennessee will receive federal matching funds for state planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health record incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Tennessee will receive approximately $2.7 million in federal matching funds.
 
Read the full CMS press release.

TDOT Clarifies Information About Federal Funding & Stimulus Projects

Monday, December 28, 2009 | 12:56 pm
NASHVILLE – A recent news story contained information about federal transportation funding rescissions impacting the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The article has resulted in several subsequent reports from various media outlets, many of which contained incorrect or misleading information that confused these funding rescissions with funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. TDOT would like to clarify that information for any future reports.
 

Tennessee Awarded $1.8 Million in ARRA Funding for Broadband

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | 01:14 pm

NASHVILLE –Tennessee will receive $1.8 million in federal funding for broadband mapping and planning in an effort to increase the availability and use of high-speed Internet service in the state.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) matching grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Bredesen Announces Job Creation Plan for Lauderdale County

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | 03:21 pm

Effort to Combat Unemployment Targets County with State's Highest Unemployment Rate

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Lauderdale County by putting up to 175 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Lauderdale County has had the state’s highest rate of unemployment – 18.9 percent – for the past three months and includes 1,930 currently unemployed residents.

Recovery Act Management Chief Named "Administrator of the Year"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | 01:26 pm

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Recovery Act Management Office administrator Mike Morrow has been named Administrator of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  The award is given each year to the Tennessee administrator who has made a significant impact during the past year on his or her organization and the landscape of Tennessee administration.