Industrial Development Board to Map Greene Valley Property Path | government


Formation of a Greeneville-Tusculum-Greene County Industrial Development Board was approved in November during a joint meeting of the Greene County Commission, the Tusculum Board of Mayor and Commissioners, and the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Each governing body voted separately to create the Executive Board before November, but a joint meeting was required to formally create the IDB.

The purpose of the board is the co-management and possible development of 336 vacant acres on land that is part of the former Greene Valley Developmental Center in Tusculum. The state of Tennessee is considering granting rights only to an industrial development agency and not to one of the municipalities alone.

Each governing body is represented by its mayor in the IDB, as well as two other members from each municipality elected by their respective governing bodies.

The City of Greeneville is represented on the board by Greeneville Mayor WT Daniels, Greeneville City Councilman Tim Teague, and Greeneville Light and Power System Chief Executive Officer Chuck Bowlin.

The City of Tusculum will be represented by Tusculum Mayor Alan Corley, former Jarden Zinc President Al Giles and Greeneville Hampton Inn owner Satish Hira.

Greene County is represented by Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison, Greene County Commissioner Bill Dabbs and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Chris Wilhoit.

The board held its first meeting in early February.

Corley was unanimously elected Chairman of the IDB by the members.

Morrison was unanimously elected Vice-Chairman of the IDB.

Teague was unanimously elected Secretary and Treasurer of the Board.

“This successful process unlocks the potential for further funding opportunities to develop infrastructure needs there,” Morrison said in November.

The IDB only deals with vacant lots south of Edens Road. The State of Tennessee is not considering selling the portion of the property that includes the former Greene Valley facilities and buildings.

The Greene Valley Developmental Center closed almost five years ago and now, for the first time since the center closed, there is momentum for development at the site.

The IDB will seek to take control of the vacant lot from the state to allow local people to follow its development.

“Having this property in the hands of local control would be a lot better than having no control or influence over what’s going on out there,” Morrison said. “That gives the local people a say.”

At its first meeting, the board unanimously authorized the Greene County Partnership to apply on behalf of the board for a site development grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

If the grant is awarded to the IDB, it would initiate the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development process, which may provide the IDB with sufficient grant funds to acquire the former Greene Valley property from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities .

The board would then have full control of the property.

A campus for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology could be built at the Greene Valley site.

The Tennessee Board of Regents has proposed $25 million for a new TCAT structure in Greene County and approximately $5 million to equip the facility with training and education equipment.

The budget must be approved by the Tennessee General Assembly before it is finalized. Therefore, there could still be changes to the budget proposal.

“We have to make sure that stays in,” Corley said at the February meeting.

IDB members believe the proposed TCAT would fit well on the former Greene Valley property.

The TCAT could be placed either on the developed part of the property or on the undeveloped part.

“The message being sent is that we will not have smokestacks and we will not have severe water pollution. This will be something along the lines of a professional park focused on education and community empowerment,” Morrison said. “The focus areas of personnel development and technical trades and services fit very well.”

According to state budget documents, the TCAT facility in Greene County, if approved, is scheduled for completion by 2025.

According to Greene County Partnership chief executive officer Jeff Taylor, the Tusculum Walking Trail will be a part of all developments taking place at the former Greene Valley site.

The IDB will continue to work to secure the property from the state and follow its development.

“I really appreciate everyone’s willingness to serve on this board,” Corley said in February.


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