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Tourism Development Board gets grant for greenway
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The city’s Tourism Development Board was successful in obtaining a grant that could lead to extending the Barren Fork Greenway.

“We were notified that we did receive the Community Trans-portation Planning Grant,” said Katie Kemezis, Tourism Development Board member and planner for the city of McMinnville. “It looks like it will be about $75,000. We are working through the details for finalizing the contract, but we were excited to receive that news.”

Specifically, the board was seeking a grant to fund a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan that will look at how to incorporate alternative transportation infrastructure (a greenway for biking and walking) on the roads connecting Pepper Branch Park to downtown.

Once a master plan is produced, said Kemezis, it would lay the groundwork for obtaining grants for actual construction.

The grant is a Community Trans-portation Planning Grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation and could have been up to $125,000. Awarded was $75,000.

Despite a lessor amount, the application itself received rave reviews.

“We learned our grant proposal scored the highest in the state,” said Kemezis. “They really believe in what we are doing. They believe we can be successful. They know we have a good team working on it. I believe it was the city of McMinnville and the Tourism Development Board and our partners coming together saying ‘yes, we support this’ that really helped get that word across and made this grant application a success.”

A consultant selected by TDOT will be assigned to assist in building the master plan for extending Barren Fork Greenway.