Bringing Counties And Cities Together To Address Regional Issues And Promote Economic Development - Building A Better Tennessee

Tennessee Development District Association

The Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA) is an association of the nine state-wide development districts, which were established by the General Assembly under the Tennessee Development District Act of 1965.

The Act established a statewide system of nine (9) regional planning and economic development organizations to promote intergovernmental cooperation on growth and development issues, including regional and statewide concerns. The organizations also promote more effective utilization of available resources in dealing with these needs.

The Board Membership for each Development District is made up of the chief elected officials from member counties and cities, a designated economic development professional from each county, and one Senator and one State Representative from within each region.

The Tennessee Development District Association was established to serve as a statewide forum for the diverse problems the Districts must solve in their mission to serve 95 counties and some 350 municipalities.


To download the 2013 TDDA Conference Registration Form, Click Here.

Service Development Districts Provide Communities

Community; Economic Development

Economic Development Grants/Loans

Community Enhancement Grants

Water; Sewer System Development

Local Government Assistance

Low-Income Housing Programs

Small Business Assistance

Regional Industrial Parks

Hazard Mitigation Planning

GIS/GPS Mapping Services

Public Administration Specialists

Tourism Promotion

Local Planning


Transportation Planning


Regional Transportation Planning

Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Traffic Studies; Accident Reports

Building A Better Tennessee

Community Development


Benefited 1,549,855 People

Grants Totaling $256,734,807


Aging, Health; Social Services


Area Agency on Aging; Disability

Senior Citizen Centers

In-Home Assistance Programs

Case Management Services


Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Aging; Disability Resources

Area Agencies on Aging 


Served 34,913 people



Storm Water Planning

Solid Waste Planning


Air Quality



266 Home Grants Funded
and Underway

Grants Totaling $20,227,022



Enhancement Projects 6,295,209

Grant Funds

Recreational Trails $318,040

Small Business Assistance


Created; Retained 191,381 Jobs

Grants Totaling 52,404,680





Tennessee Development Districts