Infrastructure improvements are in store for the Plateau Partnership Park in the near future thanks to a sizeable grant received from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

ARC awarded $500,000 to the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of The Counties of Cumberland, Morgan and Roane Tennessee for the design and permitting of a 300,000 gallon elevated water storage tank and the design and installation of 6,300 linear feet of 12-inch water line expansion of the Plateau Partnership Park along Pig Path Road connecting to the existing Crab Orchard Utility District 6-inch line on Westel Road.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TN ECD) recommended the pre-application for award in May. The full application was approved by ARC in Washington, DC on the last day of September.

The awarded funds will allow significant improvements to be made to the 780 acre industrial park, increasing its marketability for potential business and industry prospects, which will require utilities to be provided on site including road access, water, sewer, telecommunications and natural gas.

As the first grant application to be funded to the park, the ARC grant will lay the groundwork for the potential of future investment from state and federal programs such as TN ECD Site Development Grant and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) InvestPrep.

The Plateau Partnership Park was jointly purchased as an economic development partnership of Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties and is managed by the PPP Industrial Development Board (IDB). Planning for the regional partnership began with leaders from each county who had a common vision to combine their assets to promote economic growth for the entire region.

This grant award is a result of the diligent efforts put forth by the leadership in Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties, IDB chairman John Davis, IDB members and Ray Evans, Economic Development Director for the Plateau Partnership Park as well as the efforts of the Upper Cumberland Development District. With its significant size, along with service by Interstate 40 and an active railroad, the Plateau Partnership Park is a tremendous asset to the Upper Cumberland region in attracting industrial prospects.  For more information about the Plateau Partnership Park, visit