January 27, 2021


For people who can’t work from home, reliable transportation is crucial to keep their jobs and their incomes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For people who can’t work from home, reliable transportation is crucial to keep their jobs and their incomes.

For some people, just getting to work stands in the way of staying employed.

A new program coming to our state is designed to change that. Tennessee is getting a $270,000 grant to rethink transportation.

“What we will be using these funds for is to conduct a statewide study effort to design a process that will allow us to provide transportation services to those most in need, specifically those who are looking for employment,” said Preston Elliot, who works for the Bureau of Environment and Planning.

He also said that the goal is to create free or reduced-cost transportation to work or job training in the communities that need it the most.

“What this allows us to do is look for opportunities,” Elliot said. “Let’s say in West Tennessee — we could target a specific functionality with the trip delivery or specific agency or program.”

Similar systems are already in Knoxville and in the Tri-City’s.

Elliot says over the next six months; his team will be canvassing Tennessee.

“Access to jobs is often times that cost for transportation,” he said. “This effort is really to remove that barrier.”

Nashville MTA also received $180,000 in funding. That money will go toward community outreach and the proposed North Nashville Transit Center.

This story was originally reported by WSMV.

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NORFOLK, Va., April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. is proud to be selected to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program. One of just 24 shipyard selected nationally, Colonna’s has been awarded $799,996 to invest in upgrading welding equipment to improve overall shipyard productivity. “We are honored to have been selected to receive the Small Shipyard Grant and we will be investing immediately in new equipment to allow our employees to be more productive in their work supporting our government and maritime transportation customers. Despite current challenges all businesses are facing with the pandemic, I am very proud of our employees as Colonna’s remains operational in support of the Defense Industrial Base. We applaud MARAD for their ongoing support of the important work being done by America’s shipyards, especially now,” said Colonna’s President & CEO, Tom Godfrey.

Marad’s Small Shipyard Grant Program gives funds that assist shipyards who are eligible to modernize, increase efficiency, and take advantage of added productivity by being able to invest in emerging technological advancements and a more highly qualified and skillful workforce. These projects under the program include capital and other related aspects that add and foster greater efficiency, more competitive operations, and increased quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. Additionally, this program funds training projects that encourage improved employee skills and enhance further productivity.

Founded in and family owned since 1875, Colonna’s is a diversified industrial company with unique capabilities in ship repair, marine and industrial machining and steel fabrication. Please visit our website at www.colonnaship.com

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