ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Commissioner Nancy Barker switched hats briefly during Monday’s commission meeting to present Mayor Jim Lee with the 2019 ThreeStar Governor’s Award for Performance, Accountability and Efficiency.
Since being named Rogersville Chamber of Commerce Director in 1997, Barker has overseen the county’s successful effort each year to receive the award.
“We received this in November, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to make the presentation,” Barker said. “Without this, we’re not eligible for any grants or industrial incentives. It’s a big process and good for the community and gives us a lot of opportunities that wouldn’t be available if we weren’t part of the program.”
Being awarded ThreeStar status improves a community’s grant eligibility and provides other economic development advantages.
For example, last year Hawkins County was awarded a $15,000 grant through the ThreeStar program to help equip a new sheriff’s substation within the fire hall at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park.
According to the state website, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s ThreeStar program “promotes economic and community prosperity through collaboration to positively impact every Tennessean.”
Participating counties and their municipalities are eligible for a 4% discount on both the business development and community development ability-to-pay calculations on CDBG (community development block grants) and FastTrack awards.
The CDBG program also provides a bonus based on ThreeStar participation up to $25,000.
Cities and counties that are active participants in the ThreeStar program are also eligible to participate in other select TNECD Rural and Community Development programs, and it also makes counties eligible for grants to assist in completing one of their identified and submitted community goals.