The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce recently facilitated a series of meetings
with local and regional partners to discuss opportunities for government stimulus and other
funding sources for local projects in the Highlands. Dave Cooley of Cooley Public Strategies, along with Randy Button and Kim Adkins of Capitol Strategy Group worked on behalf of the Highlands region to research projects and programs that would benefit the communities in Overton, Putnam and White counties. Cooley suggested that the Fifth Cookeville Interchange is in the Governor’s budget for right-of-way acquisition for the exchange in 2010. The City of Algood has received notice of approval for a long awaited water and sewer grant and the Airport Industrial Park in White County is scheduled to move forward. Adkins of Capitol Strategy Group gave a legislative update on construction projects in the three communities including the following: SR-84 over Carr Creek at LM 7.65 to be constructed in 2010 in Overton County; SR-136 I-40 to SR-111 preliminary engineering rehab (2.2 miles) to be constructed in 2011 in Putnam County; and SR 111 Interchange at SR-135 to be constructed in 2010 in White County.