Featured photo: Almost 800 new county officials gathered to learn more about county government and their offices from the County Technical Assistance Services leaders.
Close to 800 newly elected county officials gathered in Franklin in August to ready themselves to take office on Sept. 1. The County Officials Orientation Program, hosted every four years by the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), provides general information pertaining to county government in Tennessee, as well as specific information about the office to which they were elected.
County mayors/executives, highway officials and county commissioners met during the first part of the week, followed by clerks of court, county clerks, registers of deeds and trustees in the second part of the week. Sessions were presented and facilitated by CTAS staff, along with elected and appointed state officials. This program provides an agenda and biographical information on the key university and county association personnel with whom county officials may interact during their tenure in county government.
LEIC Aiding Agencies on Governor’s Violent Crime Intervention Fund Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee launched the $100 million Violent Crime Intervention Fund and invited local law enforcement agencies to apply for grants that will be used to strengthen public safety in communities across Tennessee.
To support broader access to these funds, the state has contracted with the UT Institute for Public Service and its Law Enforcement Innovation Center to provide technical assistance directly to law-enforcement agencies seeking to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with the institute to access training and technical assistance in crafting their grant project designs, submitting their applications, planning and implementing grant activities, and evaluating the impact of their programs.
The state has made the grant funding available for two project types: formula-based grants and competitive collaborative enhancement grants. Each project type has its own specific scope template.
IPS Helps Customers Achieve $1.9 Billion Economic Impact in FY22
It was a record-breaking year for IPS agencies as their customers reported more than $1.9 billion in economic impact.
The institute’s six agencies made 938,218 contacts across the state in fiscal year 2022 and answered more than 81,000 requests for assistance. They also trained close to 30,000 state and local government employees, law enforcement personnel, manufacturing employees and language students.