Adequate infrastructure is as essential to economic growth as economic growth is to individual prosperity. Recognizing this, the Tennessee General Assembly charged the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) with developing and maintaining an inventory of public infrastructure needs "in order for the state, municipal and county governments of Tennessee to develop goals, strategies and programs which would
- improve the quality of life of its citizens,
- support livable communities, and
- enhance and encourage the overall economic development of the state."
[Public Chapter 817, Acts of 1996.]
This project is the result of that charge. To date, fourteen reports have been released presenting key information from the inventory. Each report summarizes notable changes and provides estimated costs of needs reported by local officials. These costs are then analyzed statewide by type of need, by current stage of development, and by type of governmental entity responsible for the need.