Our Work In Tennessee

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, ARC supported 38 projects in Tennessee totaling $17.6 million in fiscal year 2021. These investments have been matched by over $10 million and are attracting an additional $34.4 million in leveraged private investments in Tennessee. They are also creating or retaining 1,080 jobs, educating over 2,000 students and workers, and benefiting the 2.9 million residents in Tennessee’s 52 Appalachian counties.

State Partners

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Governor’s ARC Representative:
Brooxie Carlton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner
email: Brooxie.Carlton@tn.gov

Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

ARC State Program Manager:
Logan McCoy, Special Projects Director
email: Logan.McCoy@tn.gov

Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue – 27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2021, ARC and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development partnered on the following investments and projects.

Critical Infrastructure
invested in Tennessee’s critical infrastructure development, including broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems
Natural & Cultural Assets
invested to leverage the economic potential of Tennessee’s natural and cultural heritage
Ready Workforce
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of Tennessee’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
Leadership & Community Capacity
invested to build the capacity and skills of Appalachia’s current and next-generation leaders and organizations in Tennessee to advance community and economic development

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2021

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2021 investments in Tennessee.


Investments in Action

Biz Foundry Supports Entrepreneurial Business in Tennessee

With ARC support, LaunchTN established The Biz Foundry in Cookeville, Co.Lab in Chattanooga and the Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center to help hundreds of regional entrepreneurs develop business plans, raise capital, and create jobs.
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State Plans and Strategies

ARC’s current strategic plan is a blueprint for investments at the Regional level. Each of Appalachia’s 13 states develops a companion four-year plan and annual strategy statement outlining its funding priorities for ARC projects.

Fiscal Year 2023

County Economic Status

Every year, ARC applies an index-based classification system to compare each county in the Region with national averages to understand how counties are performing.

Counties in Appalachia

(52 out of 95 counties): Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White

Local Development Districts

East Tennessee Development District
First Tennessee Development District
South Central Tennessee Development District
Southeast Tennessee Development District
Upper Cumberland Development District

State Links