Funding made possible through passage of Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act
(NASHVILLE) —State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today announced two Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) grants totaling more than $6,000 for Carroll and Gibson Counties from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
The Carroll County Library is set to receive $2,077 in grant dollars. Additionally, $3,992 has been allocated to the Gibson County Memorial Library. These grants will provide funding for trainers, hardware, and software for free technology training classes in the community. They were created with the passage of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act in 2017.
The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act addresses broadband access and adoption through business investment and deregulation. Coupled with the state budget, the legislation makes targeted investments through grants and tax credits that focus on the state’s unserved areas. The legislation also permits the state’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband service — something they have been completely unable to do in the past.
“These grants provide a tremendous opportunity for the residents of our communities to enhance their job skills,” said Chairman Halford. “I am grateful that more of them will have access to innovative technology and training that will benefit them in today’s job market.”
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Curtis Halford serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He lives in Dyer and represents House District 79, which includes all of Gibson and the majority of Carroll Counties. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-7478.