Riverwalk Video (outside link to Youtube)
The Development Department is responsible for researching and developing ways to
finance new programs and facilities. Activities include grant writing, program coordination,
representation, financial reporting, maintenance of grant records, and compliance
The Department helped develop industrial projects such as the Ooltewah Industrial
Park, Centre South Riverport, Bonny Oaks Industrial Park and the Business Development
Center. Grants have also supported a variety of expansion and relocation projects
for area industries including Gibraltar Steel, DuPont, and Siskin Steel. The Department
is working toward the redevelopment of the Enterprise South Industrial Park and
a new high-tech incubator that will assist entrepreneurs develop technology-based
businesses. In Public Works, our Department has worked to provide extensions of
sewer lines and the provision of a safe, dependable source of drinking water for
outlying areas of the County. Our support for Parks and Recreation includes numerous
grants for County parks, the new Coolidge Park and the Tennessee Riverpark. The
Department has also worked with the Army Corps of Engineers on a variety of major
riverfront development and erosion control projects.
Funding has been gained for a variety of Social Service programs including group
homes for youth, the Gardner House Runaway Shelter, and the Parents Are First Teachers
pre-school program. Other programs supported include the Community Corrections Program,
the Corrections Department, and the Juvenile Court. The Department also assists
the County Rural Transportation Service. The Department supports a Housing Improvement
Program in association with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprises that provides low-interest
loans to eligible homeowners for housing rehabilitation, new construction and emergency
repairs. The Development Department works on grants for community development
and human services. It was the lead agency in the development of the new Finley
Stadium and Cricket Pavilion. We also coordinate federal Criminal Justice grants
including COPS and LLEBG for the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney
General’s Office. The Department applies for grants from foundations including Benwood,
Lyndhurst, and Community.
The Department is responsible for ongoing grants management. This entails maintaining
files and computerized information on finances and various program data for reporting.
It monitors compliance to assure that regulations are met. County Development also
provides services such as studies of community need, surveys, and development of
long and short-term plans. It assists other County departments and agencies in preparing
news releases, proposals, resolutions, and nominations for awards. The Department
prepares environment assessments and permit applications. Representatives serve
on various development committees for new projects, and the staff is active in the
process of recruiting and locating new businesses.
The Hamilton County Development Department has an ongoing record of success in developing
projects that serve the needs of our citizens and assist the growth of our community.