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McMinnville Housing Authority wins award
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McMinnville Housing Authority took home the Best in Innovation Award at the 2013 Governor’s Housing Summit in Nashville.
The Best in Innovation Award is part of the statewide Tennessee’s Best award program administered by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
McMinnville Housing Authority won the award based on a massive energy conservation project that renovated 80 of the oldest public housing units built in 1963. McMinnville Housing Authority executive director Patricia Basham submitted a 750-word application along with four pictures. She said the energy conservation project was very involved.
“Spray foam insulation was added in the walls, along with energy star refrigerators and water-saving toilets and showers,” said Basham.
An estimated $30,000 annually is saved in water, sewer and electricity costs. 
McMinnville Housing Authority was one of four Tennessee housing authorities that received funding under the Competitive Grant Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the HUD Public Housing Capital Fund.
The renewal project at McMinnville Housing Authority included planting over 60 cherry trees donated by local nurseryman Tommy Savage.
 “The importance of multi-family housing rehabilitation to the community and the families who reside there cannot be stressed enough,” said Ralph M. Perrey, executive director of THDA. “Raising the quality of life for residents and increasing the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood, while simultaneously lowering utility costs, is truly an innovative and replicable model.”
 Nominations for the Tennessee’s Best awards are submitted annually to THDA and reviewed by a panel of judges. Nominations are accepted for four categories: Best in Innovation, Excellence in Partnership, Outstanding Advocate, and Remarkable Achieve-ment.