The Community and Economic Development Department

The Community and Economic Development Department supports and promotes a variety of Hamilton County initiatives by coordinating grant funding opportunities, application submittals and grants management. Areas of grant oversight include grant research, technical assistance, grant monitoring, fiscal reimbursements and regulatory compliance. Community and Economic Development Department staff members have the expertise to provide assistance to County Departments for potential funding opportunities. By utilizing these existing resources, county departments can realize more efficient staff time.

Below is a listing which outlines the current grants being mananged by this department.

For more information on what the department does, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. See the EEO for information regarding Title VI.


Sheriff’s Justice & Mental Health Initiative - FUSE

The Community and Economic Development Department is currently managing a “frequent user” initiative designed to reduce the number of people with mental illness in the Hamilton County Jail and Silverdale Correctional Facility. Sheriff Hammond launched the initiative in January 2017. The frequent user project is part of the Sheriff’s Office Justice and Mental Health initiative.

(Photo by Robin Rudd, Chattanooga Times Free Press Story).

Summit Knobs Equestrian Trails

Hamilton County was awarded a $460,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to develop 10 miles of trails, more parking, and waterless restrooms in Enterprise South Nature Park. Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga equally shared in matching funds totaling $230,000. Read more about the trail (new tab).

Freight Rail Network Improvements

Hamilton County has applied for a $5.6 million in funding from the United States Department of Transportation Federal Rail Administration to provide for the crucial expansion of the railways to handle the potential increase in volume from local manufactures. The railroad capacity improvements will cost $14.3 million. More on the Freight Rail

Homemaker Services

Homemaker Services are provided to Hamilton County adults who have been referred by Adult Protective Services, and is funded through a State of Tennessee DHS Social Services Block Grant. The client receives a one-hour weekly home visit by a qualified Homemaker, who may assist with daily living activities such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, mail, grocery shopping, or doctor visits. Currently around 85 Hamilton County residents are receiving services with current funding levels. If you know someone who may need these services, please contact Partnership for Families, Children and Adults Elder Services at 423-755-2870 to learn more.

Adult Daycare Services

Adult daycare services are provided to Hamilton County residents, ages 18 and over, funded by a State of Tennessee DHS Social Services Block Grant. The program offers supervised care and activities on weekdays at Signal Centers Adult Center, for those adults with disabilities who cannot stay alone. This program assists with Medicaid costs by reducing the need for full-time institutional care. Hamilton County’s program can serve 18 clients with current funding levels. If you know of someone who may need these services, please contact Signal Centers Adult Services at 423-698-8528.

In School Mentoring and Positive Reinforcement Program

The Sheriff’s Office Division of Student Resource Officers working with On Point, Inc., a 501c3, administers this program to (4) four Hamilton County schools: Tyner Academy, Tyner Middle School, Central High School and Brown Middle School. The program will provide: Small group mentoring to 450 students, youth development presentations for 1600 students, 40 mentors with training and background checks, and 6 experiential learning events.

Address & Contact Information

Google MapsMap to M. L. K. Building

Address: 317 Oak Street, 201 M. L. K. Building Chattanooga, TN 37403

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Except for recognized holidays

Phone number: 423-209-6810 and FAX number: 423-209-6831

The Staff

Interim Director:

Carla Sewell
Coordinates and directs activities of grants and project development for Hamilton County.

Senior Secretary:

Kathy Scheivelhud
Assists the Director and staff with creating, organizing, and maintaining office operations.

Grants Compliance Specialist:

Cameron McAllister
Ensures grant award and contract requirement compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations. Provides grant lifecycle oversight, working with county departments and outside service providers who are administering county awarded grants.

Financial Manager:

Deborah Bishop
Performs all accounting duties related to grant reimbursementss.

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