Rosemary Bates


Sumner County was one of three sites chosen to participate in the latest round of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s (TNECD) Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP).

The program will evaluate potential industrial properties, advising counties on industrial site improvements, and where investments may be most beneficial.

“Gallatin is honored to be one of the Sumner County cities included in this evaluation program,” Gallatin Special Projects Director Rosemary Bates said. “It is a valuable tool for determining where we might see the location of new manufacturing, research and development, or a planned business park.”

Since its inception in 2015, PEP has helped improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings across the state, with more than 380 sites being reviewed. The other two counties participating in the program are Dickson and Shelby.

“I congratulate Dickson, Shelby and Sumner counties on being selected to participate in the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “Having shovel-ready industrial sites gives Tennessee a competitive edge when recruiting new businesses, and through PEP, our communities increase their marketability and likelihood of landing future projects. We look forward to seeing the successes that these counties have as they participate in the latest round of the program.”

The three counties were selected based on the demonstrated local need for industrial properties and the county’s ability to assemble properties with viable market potential. The application process begins with a submission of a letter of intent, which is accepted at any time. Upon receipt of the letter, interested communities will receive the PEP application. A new round of communities will be accepted into the program in the spring of 2022.

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