SENATOR FINNEY WINS TWO LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Northwest, Southwest Tenn. Development Districts honor Finney
NASHVILLE - State Sen. Lowe Finney
(D-Jackson) was named 2010 Legislator of the Year on Thursday by both the Northwest and Southwest Tennessee Development Districts.
“I’m extremely honored and thankful for the recognition from both of these indispensable organizations,” Finney said. “I promise to continue to do everything I can to support their vital work in improving the quality of life for countless West Tennesseans.”
The award marks the second year that Finney has received the honors, having also been named 2008 Legislator of the Year by both districts.
The NWTDD and SWTDD collectively cover 16 West Tennessee counties, and are two of nine statewide development districts designed to promote economic and community development in their respective areas. The districts work with cities and counties to receive infrastructure grants for projects like ball fields and sewer systems, as well as quality-of-life funds for downtown revitalization efforts.
Their multiple endeavors also include Area Agencies on Aging and Disability, which help distribute state and federal dollars for programs like assisted living and medication counseling. The agencies’ responsibilities are particularly important to Sen. Finney, who is pushing for a state Department of Aging to give senior citizens a stronger voice in Tennessee.
“As our population grows older, Tennessee’s senior citizens deserve proper care and a fair say in their future,” said Finney, who also sponsored the Long-Term Care Choices Act of 2008 that will provide quality home care to about 9,500 seniors. The Bureau of Tenncare estimates that another 3,000 may be added to the program by the end of the year.